Change your fat burning potential with weights

Ange Dim
3 min readMar 28, 2021

Weight loss is a very individual journey, and most of us genetically respond to one thing more than another. I spent most of my fat loss journey for many years, taking on far too much cardio than was required. I knew no better when I first started. The unfortunate effects of this were susceptible to many colds and infections. My immune system was being shot so much that it couldn’t fight anything off.

It wasn’t until I started competing in bodybuilding that I used weight training as my only means for building muscle and getting lean. It worked so well that I stuck with it from that moment forward. I, too, was skeptical when my trainer said that I was to do no cardio. I intended to lift weights and build muscle mass. That is the single most important catalyst for increasing your metabolism. Overall, you burn more calories when you lift weights overtime. I know it may be a bit hard to understand this because when you complete your cardio session, you’re burning far more calories during that time than you would lifting weights. What I urge you to do is get beyond this and remember that muscle is active tissue. It requires energy to repair and grow 24/7. For those who have more muscle mass, it will be an even more significant caloric expenditure.

My best advice is to complete your weight training as an essential part of your journey. Just think that muscle mass is an investment for your caloric burn and metabolism long term. Then, implement a little bit of HIIT when you want to shed some body fat fast. During the time you weight train, you can participate in light impact cardio such as walking. This is great for anyone: children, adults and even the elderly. You can still get a pretty good rate of caloric burn just by walking, and it won’t use any of that precious muscle for energy. Someone can go wrong when using high-intensity cardio for a long duration or perhaps running for many hours. This is a catalyst for muscle wastage.

I want to finish off this post by mentioning the most critical aspect of weight loss — and that is your nutrition. Nothing will ever work unless your food does. That is the be-all and end-all of your results. This is true for building muscle mass as well. If you want the best results in the fastest time possible, you must commit to a diet filled with the right amount of carbs, fats and protein when it comes to exercise; whether weight training or cardio, you need to be consistent and think of this as a lifestyle plan. It will have to be adhered to for life. As you age, you will need to adjust your training according to your energy levels and goals. But I do encourage you to think long term and make it part of your life.

I do hope this has helped you. I would love you to follow me if you did. Please also join me on my various social platforms and do go ahead and download your Empowering habit changer guide. I’m also on Instagram.

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Ange Dim

Multi-passionate creative who's immersed in health, wellness, exercise and loves creating healthy recipes. Subscribe for food inspo : shorturl.at/tuw68