Most people trying to lose weight focus on vigorous aerobic (cardio) exercises. While they are certainly of benefit, strength training has a valuable part to play in helping you lose weight and keep it off.
If you have ever tried to diet by cutting down on what you eat and counting calories, you know how hard it can be to lose weight through diet alone. It takes only 2,000 extra calories to gain a pound but 3,500 calories burned to lose one. This means if you shave 500 calories off your meals each day, you can really only lose 1 pound per week.
For most people this is far too slow a rate of weight loss. But then again, most people want to get instant results. It is time to be realistic. If it were so easy to lose weight that you could just take a pill, we would live in a nation of skinny people. Slimming down takes work, including eating right, counting calories, cooking your own healthy meals, and above all, exercising.
Cardio can help you burn calories during your workout but you might be surprised to discover that strength training can help you keep on burning calories even when you are sleeping! This is because strength training builds lean muscle and muscle burns calories more efficiently than fat. Lean muscle therefore boosts your metabolism, encouraging to burn calories rather than store them.
Resistance bands are perfect for strength training because almost anyone can use them, no matter what their age or level of fitness. Even if you have not worked out in years, resistance bands are easy to use and safe provided that you follow the instructions from the manufacturer of your bands. They can give a great full body workout to slim and tone you all over.
The scale might not go down when you first start using your resistance bands, but in only a short time you should start to notice that your clothes feel less tight and your arms and so on are less flabby and jiggly. You might even discover that you are able to drop a dress size or tighten your belt a few notches. This should inspire you to keep using your resistance bands to improve your fitness even more until the pounds start to come off without the need to starve yourself.
If you have been struggling to shed pounds, add resistance bands to your daily routine and see what a difference they can make to your physique.