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While it is possible to lose weight without actually exercising it isn’t advised. Using nutrition alone to reach a fat loss goal will be miserable and you’d be missing out on many benefits.

Whether a client wants to lose body fat or build muscle I use strength training, and here’s why:

It’s common for people with weight loss goals to express body image issues. Focusing on what you see in the mirror when starting out is a recipe for failure. Foundations have to be laid through habits and consistency before changes in your physical appearance will happen. Strength training is a powerful tool for building muscle and strength and shifts the focus from appearance to performance. Seeing the numbers go up and feeling strong is a powerful motivator. When starting out this is vital for building momentum.

Another factor is your muscle. If you are new to weight training you have this unique opportunity to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. When well trained this rarely happens. Strength training helps build muscle, making you look more toned when you lose body fat, burn more calories at rest, and increase your quality of life as you age.

After the age of 30, we start to lose 3-5% of our muscle mass. Known as sarcopenia, this is a natural ageing process. Strength training can slow down this process improving the quality of life as you get older. Pretty cool, right? This might not seem important right now, but forming a routine and building as much muscle and strength as possible will have a profound impact later on.


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