WEIGHT LOSS TIP: The importance of performing some weight training to help with weight can not be understated but did you know that the type of weight is even more important to produce the desired effect. If you have read through some of the other tips like The Best Type of Exercise for Weight Loss is Weight Training! then you already know how important weight training is for losing weight because of the positive effect it has upon increasing your metabolism. But you also need to understand that there are different types of weight training and some types have a much greater effect upon burning fat and increasing metabolism than others. First there are the different exercises themselves. To achieve a maximum fat burning effect and boost your metabolism you want to perform weight lifting exercises that will involve the most muscle mass as possible.
Squats or lunges are good exercise choices because they involve more muscle than just about any other type of weight training exercise which causes a much greater need for energy from calories during the time of the exercise and also stimulates more muscle growth leading to higher metabolism all the time. Another essential part of a weight training routine are the repetitions performed and the number of sets that you perform for each exercise. Research has shown that higher repetition sets in the range of 8-12 for 3-5 sets are superior for both burning more calories and for also increasing muscle size and is referred to in exercise science literature as the hypertrophy phase of weight training. 1 So if you are interested in losing weight, building muscle and obtaining a fantastic body while also improving your overall health then start doing some weight training exercises like squats and perform 8 to 12 repetitions for 2 to 5 sets and you will quickly see that your body transforms into one that has less fat and more muscle which should be you overall goal.