Why do Personal Trainers promote weight training so much when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape?
We all know that DIET is the number one priority when it comes to losing weight but when you follow a weight loss or diet program you will often lose fat and MUSCLE.
When you put the weight back on you will regain proportionately more fat than muscle, thus making you not only heavier but looking fatter over time.
This has negative consequences for cardiovascular health, can increase the risk of fatty liver disease and exacerbate the risk for diabetes.
Weight training increases the amount of lean muscle tissue on your body or preserves the all important muscle tissue when you are on a diet and in a calorie deficit (taking in less calories than you need with the goal of losing weight).
Ideally you would want to be losing fat and muscle at a ratio of roughly 4-1. 4 parts fat to 1 part muscle. Most of you diet too hard and do too much cardio and end up with little muscle tissue.
Muscle is a bit more metabolically expensive to maintain in your body so it helps toward preventing weight regain.
Weight training is the only way to give you shape to your body.
Most of you wanting to lose weight usually want to look better in your clothes or naked and toning your body gives you a more athletic, fit look, and brings confidence and improvements in self-esteem. Weight training does this.
If you hate weight training I suggest you find an activity that not only helps you to lose weight but also prevents any muscle loss and this could be dancing, boxing, mma, kickboxing, triathlon, circuit training with weights and bodyweight exercises.
This is why us trainers love a professionally designed, progressive weight training program for our clients.
It helps them achieve most of their desired outcomes.
Please don't overlook the importance of a weight training program as part of a well designed weight loss program.
Circuits are good but they will only get you so far. Weight training can be progressed more safely.