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Individuals Looking for Weight Loss May Need to Lift Weight First

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When most Americans think of weight loss, they think immediately of two things: healthier eating and cardio exercise. New studies though, are pointing to the fact that lifting weights may have a greater impact on weight loss than cardio training.

The New York Times recently published an article, “Lifting Weights? Your Fat Cells Would Like to Have a Word,” by Gretchen Reynolds. In it, Reynolds noted that a recent study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, found a link between weight training and a jumpstart to one’s fat cells, creating a faster, better burn than previously thought. There is even a probability that one’s metabolism can change due to consistent weight training.

There is more work to be done in this area, but Reynolds noted in her article, “In recent experiments, weight workouts goosed energy expenditure and fat burning for at least 24 hours afterward in young women, overweight men and athletes.”

For individuals who want to see even greater gains at the gym, natural supplements may help. Protein-rich products such as bars, gummies, drinks, and more are options, along with collagen-rich products and an increase in certain food and beverage consumption.

According to a report via MarketWatch, the sports and fitness nutrition supplements market size in 2022 has a CAGR of 6.6 percent. “The global Sports and Fitness Nutrition Supplements market is valued at $6,768.1 million (U.S.) in 2020,” the report noted, and “is expected to reach $10,640 million (U.S.) by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 6.6 percent during 2022-2026.”

Lifting weights, body weight exercises, yoga, barre classes, and other strength-based movement will only benefit the body. Adding in natural supplements may help individuals to see faster, more satisfying results.