Others say that in order to lose weight and burn body fat through weight
training, you should focus on training techniques that will force the body to
release large amounts of anabolic hormones in the body, especially testosterone,
growth hormone, and insulin, amongst others.
I'm not going to beat around the bush...in order to lose weight, tone up, and
define your muscle from your bodybuilding / fat loss workout program your body's
own anabolic hormones are going to have a bigger impact on weight loss than
lifting heavier and heavier weight.
You can lift all the weight in the world, you can be stronger than a bull, but
that doesn't necessarily mean that you are going to have toned and defined
How many people do you know who can bench press hundreds and hundreds of pounds,
yet their chests are flat as a board?
How many individuals have you seen that squat a ton, and in good form, yet their
thighs lack any kind of real muscle tone?
How many powerlifters have you seen who can lift a building, yet they don't have
the same muscular development as a bodybuilder that is only half as strong?
However, one of the many reasons why anabolic steroids are so powerful and work
at gaining lean muscle is because those that use steroids are literally
injecting extra amounts of anabolic hormones.
And many steroids aren't even that effective at building strength, but they sure
can make you grow toned muscle mass.
If you have been using a workout routine that mainly focuses on strength and
lifting heavier and heavier weight, without taking into account other factors
that will signal the body to release its own hormones, then you may have noticed
that you really aren't losing the type of weight and body fat you know you
Many tests have proven that those that focus on using bodybuilding techniques
that signal the body to elevate its own anabolic hormones see a greater loss in
fat deposits than those that focus on resting for long periods in order to be
able to lift more weight.
A test conducted in 2005 called "The impact of metabolic stress on hormonal
responses and muscular contractions" is one such test.
To make a long story short, use workout techniques that cause an accumulation of
waste products (like lactic acid and hydrogen ions) in the muscle while you are
This is the "burning" and acidic sensation you feel when you are hitting a
muscle.Now, don't get me wrong. Lifting heavier and heavier weight is important, but
that shouldn't be the main focus of your workout program.
Your priority should be:
1) Cause a build up of these waste products and burning sensation in my muscles
in the shortest amount of sets, exercises, and time necessary.
2) Attempt to lift at least a couple pounds heavier than the time before.
That way you get the best of both worlds.
When your body senses this type of build up and stress in a muscle being trained
it signals to release additional anabolic hormones......and the more anabolic
hormones you have being released by your body the more lean muscle you are going
to gain and the more fat you will burn because of the faster metabolic rate you
get from the muscle.
....And isn't that why we workout in the first place?
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