When it comes to losing weight, what’s the best way to train? Is it jogging? High-intensity interval training? Swimming? Resistance training? A combination of different training protocols?
Let’s find out!
First Things First: Do You Really Want to Lose Weight?
Or do you want to lose fat?
Here’s the thing: high levels of body fat is bad for you, regardless of your weight. It’s been linked to all sorts of dangerous medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
In contrast, having more lean mass is good for you, also regardless of what the scale says. It doesn’t only boost your metabolism, but also makes you physically stronger. Of course, the increased attractiveness doesn’t hurt either.
So, stop worrying too much about the numbers on your weighing scale. If you’re going to lose anything, lose excess fat and replace it with more lean muscle mass.
And with that said, here are six tips to help you get started:
Tip #1: Lift Heavy
Again, the more lean muscle you have—which you get from lifting heavy—the more calories you burn both during training and while at rest. That ‘while at rest’ part is crucial because it means you get the benefits of your workouts even when you’re just chilling at home.
Of course, lifting heavy weights would also help you burn significantly more calories than lifting light weights.
But just how heavy should you go? Well, that would depend on your experience level.
As a general rule, if you’re a beginner, it would be a good idea to shoot for a weight that you can lift for eight to 12 reps. On the other hand, if you’re a more experienced lifter, then anywhere between one and 12 reps could do wonders for you depending on your specific goals.