New Year’s is approaching and that means one thing: time to start making your yearly weight loss resolutions!
You do it every year right after the holiday weight gain. You make a plan, you get motivated, and you dust off the treadmill to start running every morning.
While treadmills and running, in general, are helpful, they’re not the most effective way to reach your weight loss goals.
Cardio is great, but there’s more you can be doing!
The Secret to Maximizing Weight Loss
Do you want to know the real secret to maximize your weight loss? Weightlifting!
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 a woman, I know we generally worry about getting too bulky so we just stay away from the weights altogether. But that’s one of the worst things that you can do for your weight loss!
For those who want to get the maximum weight loss benefits out of their workouts, weightlifting is the way to go.
I’m not saying that running and cardio should be abandoned. But adding some strength training alongside your cardio routine can make a world of difference.
Benefits of Weightlifting for Weight Loss
A major benefit of weightlifting is that you can do something new every day of the week.
Contrast this to running on the treadmill, where you stare at the wall or the TV in front of you day after day. It can be hard to stick to a boring cardio regimen like this, especially over the course of a lifetime.
Weightlifting can help shake things up and make your workouts more fun and exciting.
But probably the biggest benefit of weight training versus just running is that you have the potential to burn more calories in a shorter time! And as you build more muscle mass, your body will naturally burn more calories throughout the day.
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.)
Don’t Forget Nutrition
When you lift weights, you break down your muscle tissue which allows it to grow back stronger than before. To ensure effective recovery it’s important to eat right, and that means getting enough protein in your diet.
I’m not talking about eating several hundred grams of protein per day, like what the meatheads at the gym are consuming.
For women, about 1 gram per pound of bodyweight is perfect to gain some lean muscle and just get toned, which is the best goal to have when it comes to weight loss.
Cardio workouts, like running, are so great for your overall health and wellbeing. But when it comes to weight loss, running alone is not enough to get you the results you’re looking for.
Implement weightlifting into your weekly workout routine to start experience the amazing benefits!
If you’re interested in learning a little more on the benefits of protein in your fitness regimen, check out this awesome blog!