So this is a very common one, when someone steps into the gym to lose weight and get in shape, they quite often say something along the lines of ‘oh I don’t want to lift weights, as I don’t want to be all muscly and bulky I just want to tone’. Have you thought something along those lines? If so you are not alone. From being in this industry for many years I have heard this countless amount of times.
Now lets step back into the science theory, slimming down is a calorie issue, there’s no doubt about that. If you consume more calories than you burn, I can tell you now, you will not lose the weight you desire. So lets say you are in a sensible calorie deficit and doing moderate cardio at the gym to help push the process along…..yes you will lose weight, that’s science.
But, ‘If I lift weights will I become bulky’? NO. It is one of the worst myths thrown about the fitness industry, lifting weights WILL NOT and will NEVER make you bulky. Resistance training is very beneficial to fat loss. When we lose weight, if we don’t do some sort of resistance training in the process, you may not look how you imagined you would look once you hit that target weight of yours.
Increasing the amount of lean muscle tissue we have on our bodies will help promote more fat loss. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories your body will burn when resting. Remember calories make us bigger, not dumbells.
Here’s an interesting fact for numbers……a pound of muscle burns anywhere from 7-13 calories over a 24 hour period, where as a pound of fat only burns 2-5 calories over the same period of time.
So to summarise, no…. lifting weights will not make you bulky, but in fact help contribute to getting you than lean body shape you desire. Don’t just plod along on a cross trainer, lift some weights!
Team ‘On The Go Nutrition’