How Bodybuilding Workouts
Can Help You Lose Weight!

Lifting weights is the most under-estimated way to lose weight fast and bodybuilding workouts are actually the best way to train with weights. It may seem counter-intuitive initially but once you understand the mechanism behind why muscle building workouts are so effective, you can then use them to accelerate your fat-burning and weight-loss efforts dramatically.

You see, muscle is one of the most metabolically-active tissues in the body and the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism becomes and the quicker you can burn off body fat. However, most people don't want to increase their muscle mass, especially women, but muscle building workouts are an essential part of any weight-loss program. Here's why:

If you want to lose weight and you don't force your body to build muscle or at least maintain its existing muscle mass, it will indiscriminately lose both fat and muscle tissue.

Bodybuilding Workouts

Lifting weights is the best way to prevent this from occurring and bodybuilding workout routines are the best way to stimulate muscle growth or at least force your body to maintain its existing muscle mass. However, whether or not your muscles grow from the bodybuilding routines depends almost entire on what goes into your mouth!

The fact is, that no matter how hard you train with weights and no matter what number of bodybuilding routines you try, if you don't consume enough calories you can't build muscle, plain and simple!

Therefore, if you want to burn fat and don't want to build muscle you only need to control your food intake! Best of all, the bodybuilding workout routines will stop you from losing muscle, which means that you can keep your metabolism elevated and keep burning body fat.

Why bodybuilding workouts are
better than other workout routines

In gyms throughout the world trainers are replacing bodybuilding routines with more 'functional exercises' for their clients under the guise of the exercises being more transferable to everyday activities and are more beneficial in helping to develop 'core' strength.

Countless times I've seen overweight people (who are just starting out) performing one-arm dumbbell presses while lying on a swiss ball, performing 'wood chops' using cables and performing the barbell clean and press exercise.

Whilst I agree with the benefits these exercises offer, I don't believe they are suitable for beginners to perform. Functional movements increase the risk of injury, especially in beginners, don't provide additional benefits over and above standard bodybuilding routines and exercises and certainly don't stimulate the muscles as much as bodybuilding workouts can.

If you want to improve 'core' strength why not simply stick to performing squats and deadlifts? Then, as someone improves in their strength, balance and co-ordination, slowly start incorporating more functional movements.

Bodybuilding routines and exercises are far easier for most people to learn and master, provide a greater stimulus for a larger number of muscle fibres in a targeted group (which means greater stimulus for muscle growth or muscle maintenance and this means greater fat burning), provide an opportunity for progression to more complex movements (i.e. seated machine press to barbell bench press to dumbbell press), and also provide some opportunity for the development of 'core' strength with exercises like squats and deadlifts.

Overall, if you want to get the best weight-loss and fat-burning results, look no further than standard bodybuilding workout routines for giving you the results you want quickly and easily. Bodybuilders have been using these muscle building workouts for years to achieve amazing physical development and fat-burning results.

Plus, as long as you control your food intake you don't have to worry about getting 'big'!

If you would like to find out more about bodybuilding routines and how to structure them in order to get the best possible results, read the article titled, 'How to Structure Bodybuilding Routines'.

This article will explain many different aspects of bodybuilding workouts so you will understand exactly how to put together your own workout routines. If you would like some samples workout routines, please get a copy of The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. It will provide you with all the information you need in order to get the best results possible in your bodybuilding routines.

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