Top Reasons for Strength Training Program

Natural Weightloss is a complex process and you will need to address your weight problem from many angles for the best results. It is absolutely vital to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but it is also important to include both aerobic and strength training exercise program. Exercise alone does not provide significant weight loss – it must be combined with good nutrition.

There has been a dieting myth that cardio, or aerobic exercise like walking is the key for weight loss with no mention of strength training. This is simply not true.

Top Reasons for A Strength Training Program

1. Improved blood sugars.

High blood sugars are associated with adult onset diabetes, heart conditions and weight gain. In one study, glucose uptake by the muscles improved 23%Top Reasons for a Strength Training Program after just four months of strength training, thereby lowering the blood sugars.

2. Reduced body fat.

One study showed strength training exercises produced four pounds of fat loss after three months of training, even though subjects were eating 15% more calories per day! The final count was: three pounds more muscle, four pounds less fat, even with 370 more calories per day.

3. Helps neutralize age-related muscle loss.

Studies show that adults who do not strength train lose between five to seven pounds of muscle every decade.

4. Helps avoid a drop in metabolism.

The average adult experiences a 2% to 5% drop in metabolic rate every decade. Adding three pounds of muscle increases a person's resting metabolism by 7%.

5. Increases muscle mass.

With just a 25 strenght training program three times weekly, people gain an average of three pounds of muscle over eight weeks.

6. Helps to lose those inches.

Often when people start strength training their weight will plateau for a while, but their shape will change. Muscle weighs more than fat, so gaining muscle may mean gaining or not losing weight for a little while but the inches will melt away. Clothes fit better, muscle tone improves and body shape changes.


7. Increases bone mineral density.

Weight bearing exercises help you say goodbye to osteoporosis.

8. Improves blood cholesterol.

9. Burns calories even when you’re not exercising.

One pound of muscle burns 35 calories per day (compared to only two calories per day burned by one pound of fat).

10. Reduces blood pressure.

After two months of combined strength and aerobic training, participants in one study dropped their systolic blood pressure (the "top number") by 5 mm Hg and their diastolic blood pressure (the "bottom") by 3 mm Hg. That doesn’t sound like much but a little drop does a lot of good.

11. Increases bowel transit time.

This means the food you eat moves through your body more quickly, helping you to get rid of toxins and decrease your risk of colon and breast cancer. One study showed a 56% increase in transit time after just three months of strength training.

12. Reduces joint pain.

Strength training has been proven to ease the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and low back pain.

13. Improves mood.

As with other exercise, improved mood is a noticeable benefit of weight training.

We look forward to helping you achieve your natural weightloss goals and to providing you with the best weight loss program possible.

About the Author:
Dr. Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in natural weight loss and food addiction. She created to help millions of people achieve optimal health, natural weight loss and life success with her free weekly e-newsletter (sign up at the top of this page.)