If you are adult in America today, there is a high probability that you are overweight. While the definition of being overweight varies from person to person, you’d probably like to lose a few pounds.
Most people are aware that in order to lose weight, it can help dramatically if you reduce the amount of calories you eat, and increase the amount of calories that you burn.
Eating less is pretty straightforward. Less fast food, sugary, fatty food. More lean meats, and vegetables.
Getting more exercise is where many people have problems. Many people naturally assume that in order to lose weight, you need to do long, slow cardiovascular exercise, like running or bike riding. Many people are unaware of the benefits of strength training. Most women are afraid that strength training will have the opposite effect, and create big, bulky muscles.
In reality, building big bulky muscles is very difficult for women. It’s much easier for men to do this, simply because of our respective genetic makeup.
The beauty of strength training is that it builds up lean muscle mass. And the more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolism will be. With a high resting metabolism, you actually increase the amount of calories you burn, twenty four hours a day. It’s the calories you burn when you are not working out that make a big difference.
So how do you get lean muscle mass? Easy. Low weight, high reps. And try to target large muscle groups, rather than isolating small ones.
The best way to do this is through body weight exercises. Push ups, sit ups, yoga, squats. Especially squats. Squats work your legs, your behind, and your lower back.
Putting together a sensible diet with a lean muscle mass building exercise regime will do wonders for your physique, your self-confidence, and the attention you get from the opposite sex.
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