One of the most overlooked concepts when someone is trying to lose fat, lower their body fat percentage and expose those six pack abs is building strength. When most people think of fat loss, getting ripped, achieving six pack abs or whatever other term that is used for that much coveted "toned" look, they usually assume that high rep training or hours of cardio is the key. While that is a path that can be taken, it is not the most efficient path. The truth of the matter is that absolute strength is one of the most important factors when trying to achieve or maintain a lean and toned physique.
One of the common myths that usually holds back women from achieving optimal fat loss results is the myth that strong muscles are big muscles or that lifting heavy will create big bulky muscles. Women do not generally need to worry about developing big bulky muscles because their hormonal system is different from a male and is not primed to build big muscles. As a matter of fact, it is even difficult for a man to develop big muscles even though a males hormonal system is better at helping achieve that.
So how can lifting heavy be better for fat loss? The answer to that question is very simple, lifting heavy requires more work while exercising, and it also requires more from your body to recover from the workout. The more work your body does, the more calories and other nutrients it utilizes to get the job done. This means that calories and nutrients you intake will be utilized and not stored as fat and stored body fat will be broken down to help meet the energy needs of your body and the extra work it is doing.
If you're doing the Fat X workout program, don't overlook this concept in fat loss, and make sure to utilize the heaviest weight possible for the recommended rep range in the workout guide. Good luck to beginners during your first "Fat X Project" (a run through the12 Day Fat X Program).
For those of you that have already finished your first project, good luck to even better results on each successive Fat X Project. Remember to contact me if you need any help or have any questions.
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