Rapid Weight Loss From Strength Training: Claims vs. Realities

Published: 31st January 2011
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New research from the University of Arkansas has looked into the common claim that strength training increases metabolism with interesting results. According to Dr. Robert Wolf the research done at his lab points to several specific points when it comes to strength training and rapid weight loss. Both endurance exercise and strength training increase a person’s metabolism during the actual workout. After the workout has finished, says Wolfe, the amount of calories you burn at rest because of the workout depends on the intensity of the workout, not the type of workout. In other words, when Dr. Wolfe and his lab took both men and women and exercised them on two different occasions, once with weight training and the second time with endurance training the "afterburn" lasted for up to 14 hours, but there was no difference between the two types of training. The take home message says Dr. Wolfe, "there is nothing magical about strength training; the key is to exercise, and if you want to enjoy faster weight loss results exercise with a higher intensity." The second claim Dr. Wolfe’s group at Arkansas looked into was that when you resistance train you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories. Dr. Wolfe’s group took twenty young men and women to look at this claim and put them on a resistance-training program. Studying the subjects’ metabolism at the beginning, middle, and end of the study period that lasted six months. The results showed that on average each person gained five pounds of new muscle over the six months. The extra calories burned was 30 from the new muscle, not even close to the 100 calories a day per pound of muscle many internet claims say. The key, according to Dr. Wolfe is that for muscle to burn more calories it must be used! Therefore, no matter how much muscle mass a person has, they must continue to exercise on a regular basis in order to rapidly lose weight through either strength training or endurance training exercise. To learn more about subjects like this and to start changing your body, please visit us at New Lifestyle Diet.

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