That’s right ladies; cardio alone is NOT the key to shedding those unwanted pounds. For years we have been told to hit the treadmill or run for at least a half hour daily. Yes, those techniques are helpful and yes, cardio builds stamina, but those aren’t the key to burning fat and keeping the weight off. The key element to losing weight is a combination of cardio and weight lifting. Now don’t get scared ladies. I know many of us hear the word weights, and we picture body builders and oversized tan muscles. We all know that lifting weights builds muscle, however, many of us aren’t aware that muscle eats fat. Muscles need more protein to stay alive then fat does. When we incorporate weights into our exercise routine, we build muscle, which in turn eats the stored fat in our body. You don’t have to use heavy dumbbells; a beginner can start with 3, 5, and 8 pound dumbbells. Its important to rotate the weights that we use for the different size muscles that we have. There are many workout videos that incorporate this regimen; one example is “The Firm”.
I encourage you to research and find a workout routine that works best with your fitness level, abilities, and schedule. For those who prefer a gym setting, I am sure your local gym will have workout classes that also incorporate this workout regimen.
I believe in this workout regimen because I was able to lose 70 pounds, along with a sensible diet. A helpful tip from my own experience… when you begin this regimen, please don’t feel discouraged when you see the number on the scale go up. Many people who begin this regimen get frustrated because they feel like they are gaining weight instead of losing weight. Remember, as you lift weights, you are building muscle. You need to build the muscle first so that it can eat the stored body fat. You will see your weight go up a few pounds, but in no time the fat will be melting right off of you. Stay motivated and you will shed those unwanted pounds!