Did you know that resistance training speeds up your body’s ability to burn fat and is the key to lasting and permanent weight loss?

More and more studies are continuing to gather on the benefits of adding some type of resistance or strength training to your workouts. With benefits that spread across the health spectrum, researchers now believe strength training plays a vital role in long- lasting weight loss.
A study in the US recently found that women who followed a weight-loss diet combined with weight-training exercises lost 44 per cent more fat than women who only followed the diet (no surprise for us here at My Fitness Team).
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The study found something disturbing: when women diet, at least 25 to 30 per cent of the weight they shed isn’t fat, but water, muscle, bone and other lean tissue (yep, been saying that all along).

It was also concluded that people on a low-kilojoule crash diet slow their metabolic rate and that their lean muscle mass deteriorates. Losing weight on these low-kilojoule diets can also exaggerate the sagging and softness of the skin when it’s not filled out with lean muscle mass.

Abbey D of My Fitness Team recently said that she’s noticed a huge difference in her body-fat levels since she started training with Melbourne Personal Trainer Zoran Sovilj. “My strength and energy increased and, after about four weeks, I started to see some muscle definition and lose body fat”, Abbey said.

Kevin W also experienced the same and Nick G is the lightest he has been in 10 years whilst training with Zoran at My Fitness Team, Melbourne. So did Vicky P, “It took a few weeks for my metabolism to kick in, but when it did it was like a freight train,” says Vicky P, who lost more than 10kg and reshaped her body to become leaner at 30 than she was at 16.

The study showed statistics that at the age of 20, lean muscle mass in the average male or female starts to deteriorate. Without training people can lose between 2.2 and 3.2kg of lean muscle every 10 years. Without lean muscle, skin can sag and the texture appears less defined. A 1.4kg increase of lean muscle can increase the resting metabolism by about seven per cent (wow).

Now team if that’s not enough reason for you to admire the benefits of resistance training, did you know that resistance training can also help create stronger bones, prevent injuries, increase balance, flexibility and mobility, and it has mental health benefits too.

Allow Personal Trainer Zoran and Personal Training Melbourne Studio My Fitness Team to design a weight-loss program specifically designed for you. In the meantime, perform some body-weight exercises after your walk/jog (try squats, lunges, tricep dips, push-ups and the plank).

There you have it team, should you have any questions on this article please feel free to call or email me.

Zoran Sovilj

Personal Training Manager

My Fitness Team