Stop using only the treadmill if you are trying to drop a pants size. Strength training, proper diet and an overall healthy lifestyle are the keys to long term fat loss.
Here are 3 reasons why you should be doing strength training if you want to lose weight:
LEAN MUSCLE BURNS CALORIES AT REST
It is straightforward, weight training builds muscle and muscle burns more calories than fat at rest. This means that after you end your workout at the gym, your body continues to torch calories for 24 - 48 hours as it repairs your stressed muscle fibres from your workout. As you pack on more muscle, you increase your basal metabolic rate and this helps keep the fat off in the long run.
Strength training improves your posture, builds strength and endurance. These combined helps to reduce the chances of injuries. It can be very frustrating to get injured as it feels like you are not progressing forward instead of moving further from your goal. Strength training strengthens your tendons, ligaments and bones. This ensures that you do not have to take time off your training to nurse an injury, allowing you to progressively see results.
YOU'LL STILL BURN CALORIES DURING A STRENGTH WORKOUT
Even though cardio gets a lot of credit for burning calories, you can still get a great burn through your strength workouts. Compound movements that require you to engage major muscle groups such as squats and deadlifts burn the most calories. Another way to maximize calorie burn is to do supersets and giant sets for more advanced lifters. This means performing more than one exercise at a time and keeping rest time to a minimum.
If you’re new to strength training and have no idea how to get started, get a personal trainer to show, teach and guide you. It is imperative to perform exercises with proper form and technique. A good foundation goes a long way to sustainable weight loss.