As many of you know, I have started a new business called ShockBody Fitness, and I am now fully immersed into fitness again. In doing so, I have the opportunity to talk to many people about their fitness goals. It surprises me how many people who just want to lose weight, don’t want to have anything to do with resistance training. (By the time they are done talking with me, I completely change their minds!)

Resistance Training is key to having a fast metabolism. The after burn created by incorporating this type of training will keep your metabolic rate high for hours and even days! What happens when we expose our bodies to this is our nervous system and muscle protein activity increase. What creates the after burn is our muscle proteins reorganize to adjust to the training session we put our bodies through. Not only do we benefit from a higher metabolism, but we also increase bone density, build or maintain lean body mass, strengthen supporting structures around joints, and decrease our risk for depression.

I will give you an example of a typical person who is trying to lose weight by just using diet, and cardio as their strategy. Most people will lose both fat AND muscle, and since muscle equals higher metabolism, it is not an effective long term strategy for weight loss because it will slow or stop it altogether. A lot of people in this situation just do longer boring cardio sessions, and lower their calories even more. Now they are losing even more lean mass!!! Is it any wonder why people rebound so horribly!

My tip to everyone trying to lose weight: MAKE RESISTANCE TRAINING PART OF YOUR STRATEGY FOR WEIGHT LOSS!

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