New Years is approaching and that means one thing: time to start making your yearly weight loss resolutions. You do it every year with the holiday weight gain. You make a plan and you get motivated and…you dust off the treadmill to start running every morning. I have a cousin that begged and begged for a treadmill for Christmas this year because she wants to get serious about getting in shape. Well, sorry to break it to you, but, while treadmills and running in general, are helpful; they’re not going to get you the results you really want. And that’s going to get you discouraged.
You want to know the real secret to maximize your weight loss? Weight lifting. Now a lot of people have this idea in their head that pumping iron is only for people that are trying to “get ripped”. Well, the truth of it is that it will really help you slim down as well! As women, I know we generally worry about getting too bulky so we just stay away from the weights altogether, but that’s the worst thing that you can do. Probably the biggest benefit of weight training versus just running is that you burn more calories in a shorter time. A great program would be weight training every other day and doing 30-45 minutes of cardio on the days in-between. (running, cycling, etc.)
Another way to increase your holiday weight loss is to supplement your meals with a good amount of protein. I’m not talking to the 400-450 grams of protein that the meat heads at the gym are consuming on a daily basis. For women, 120 grams per day is perfect to gain some lean muscle and just get toned, which is the best goal to have when it comes to weight loss. Losing weight when the loss comes from getting rid of muscle mass is not a very healthy idea.
If you’re interested in learning a little more on the benefits of protein in your fitness regimen, Carla wrote an awesome blog on it so feel free to check it out if you haven’t already. Listed below are some other links with great tips and information.
Why Should We Weight Train?
Women and Strength Training