Does Lifting Weight Make You Gain Weight?
It's been in-built into us all our lives that we must weigh a certain amount to look a certain way. And for those looking to lose weight, lifting weights can be a worry as to whether it will stop your progress.
But I'm going to clear up some things for you in these 3 points....
One pound of muscle weighs just as much as one pound of fat. So anyone who says that muscles weighs more than fat are lying. The only difference between a pound of muscle and a pound of fat is that the muscle takes up less space than the fat!
People always think that they will end up looking like Arnie if they start doing a bit of weight lifting....I can promise you won't. Unless you are jacked up on some serious steroids and carb loading morning, Noon and night, then you will only lean out-not bulk!
People shouldn't get too hung up on the number on the scales. The only thing you should be trying to reduce is body fat if you are carrying too much.
In very simple terms, your body has an order in which it burns energy. When it needs energy it will tap into the source that is readily available and won't take much more energy to create it. So Your body tends to initially use carbohydrates for energy first. Once this source starts to be depleted, it will then start using fat stores and then protein (but only usually when the body is in starvation mode).
So when you have lean muscle, that needs a lot of energy to repair, function and survive. So your body will increase it's metabolism to speed up the process in which your body needs energy. This means that you may burn your carbohydrates quicker and your body will have to tap into fat stores, therefore reducing body fat.
This is why people who lift weights or do resistance training lean out not bulk!
I was recently talking to a friend who I was teaching how to do the basic lifts. She goes to a slimming club and when she had mentioned that she was going to start lifting weights they were all warning her how she would gain weight and she shouldn't expect great results on the scales.
I would love to smash those scales in their face with comments like that...
So when my friend asked whether this would be true, my answer was "to a degree...but what's more important to you? A number on a scale that no one is going to know about- and it's even optional for you to even know about it? Or being able to go into a shop, get the size clothes that you would like and everyone commenting on how great you look?"
We don't walk around with numbers over our head. And weight and clothes size are not universally linked. If I weighed 30 stone but looked good, could fit in a size 10, was healthy and had an athletic physique, then I couldn't give a monkeys about what a stupid machine said about me!
Tina specialises in Strength and Conditioning and is trying to get more women to get involved!
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