This might surprise some of you as you think the contrary, that eating more will make you gain weight. The secret to eating more while staying lean is weightlifting. Many of you will think that weightlifting and eating more will contribute to weight gain and will make you look bigger instead of smaller. However, this is one of the biggest myths out there. This is especially noticeable in the long run, once you have built a solid foundation of muscles. I have learned this from my own experience, in my entire life I have never been eating this much food while being so lean. The good thing is, it is so easy to maintain once you have built the right foundation. I hope that this will motivate you to grab the dumbbells instead of running the treadmill.
Weightlifting must be combined with eating more (slightly above your maintenance level) in order to build muscle. However, you need to ensure that you are eating more of the right foods that will optimise your muscle growth and workout performance. Simply eating more won’t get you there if you are eating pizza, donuts and other crappy foods. Your diet should be well balanced with healthy foods and plenty of protein.
Here is how weightlifting will help you lose weight and get you they shape you want:
1. It boosts your Metabolism
When you lift weights you will gain muscles and muscles use more energy and burn more calories than fat. This means you will have a higher metabolic rate and will burn more calories throughout the day, when moving and resting. This means that in the long run you will be able to eat more food while maintaining the same weight.
2. It will slim you down
A kilogram of muscles is much more leaner than a kilogram of fat. That means even if you keep the same weight (or gain weight) but you transform 1 kilogram of fat into 1 kilogram of muscles you will look a lot leaner and slimmer than before.
3. It will burn more calories
When you are weightlifting you will burn more calories 24 hours after your training, this is also called “after-burn” effect. This can only be achieved through weightlifting and by tearing down your muscles, you will not have this effect with a traditional cardio routine.
4. It will change your shape
Through weightlifting you can even choose how you want your body to look like and where you want your curves to be. While cardio will only help you to be a smaller version of yourself and not help you to build curves.