If you’ve been keeping up with our home workout collection, you might be beginning to question how any of this could possibly apply to you.  Rather than becoming as big as a body builder, I imagine a large portion or you simply want to lose a little weight.  You’re probably asking yourselves, how the heck is lifting weights going to help me lose weight?

Surprisingly, they definitely will!  If you want to lose weight, one of the best things you can do is train with weights.  Not only does this burn a lot of calories and carbs in its own right, but it will also help change your metabolism and help you burn fat, even as you’re resting!  This is simply because it takes a certain amount of energy for the body just to maintain muscle.  To put it plainly, the more muscular you are, the more fat you burn as you walk around.

What’s more, is that muscle helps you appear more toned and athletic.  This is a big factor for a lot of people and is actually often more important than weight loss.  Let’s say, for example, that you have excess cellulite on your legs: should you burn calories or tone muscle?  The answer is tone muscle, which will be far more effective at removing the appearance of the cellulite and helping you look leaner.

A lot of women shy away from resistance training because they think it’s going to make them suddenly appear muscular and manly. Even some guys will shy away from it because they don’t want to look ‘too big’.

But in reality, it is actually very hard to get to the point that a lot of people think of as ‘too big’. No one accidentally ended up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger – it takes a lot of hard work to build that much muscle. And as for women, lifting weights is one of the best ways to get a toned, feminine physique. Just try searching ‘women who lift’ in Google to see what I mean.

Take a look at our latest article, “Get that Heart Rate Going from Home” to see not only how lifting weights will help you lose weight, but also a plethora of other great exercises to get that cardio in!