Weight training is the key to fixing problems caused by dieting or too much cardio

Bad news: dieting and consistent aerobic exercise can actually lead to a sluggish metabolism and malfunctioning hormone regulating systems.

Neither of these will help you out on the journey to losing weight.

Many people think they can out-exercise a stalled metabolism with a few more treadmill sessions or minutes on the elliptical.

While cardio may help you drop some pounds initially, weight training is the real secret for revving up your metabolism and healing hormonal regulation issues that can keep you overweight.


Read what to do – and what not to do – here:

Here’s what you need to know…

  1. A poorly planned diet combined with too much cardio can create hormonal obstruction and dysfunction.
  2. People try to cure a damaged metabolism by out-exercising it. That’s a mistake.
  3. A high dose of exercise for overweight people can trigger compensatory mechanisms that off-set weight loss.
  4. To reset a damaged metabolism, you have to adopt a different form of exercise. Bodybuilding training is a superior form of exercise for course-correcting metabolic function.


Remember that metabolic, hormonal, and internal biochemical environments – the big three of weight control – are meant to work in harmony with each other. When one of these is thrown out of whack, the other two usually follow suit.

Basically, fat loss comes to halt, even if you clearly have more to lose.

Panicked about this, most people attempt to turn up the exercise part of the equation. They try to out-train their eating habits.

Unfortunately, when someone’s trying to shed pounds permanently, more exercise isn’t better after a certain point. It doesn’t “reset” the system. In fact, when overweight people do more exercise, it can just make them tired without having any positive effects on hormones or metabolism.


When it comes to course-correcting metabolism, the type of exercise matters. For overweight people who think cardio is the answer, consider the experience of veteran marathon runner, Kim Raine, who ran 18 marathons and found herself 18 pounds heavier afterwards.

And this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s very common among females. A damaged metabolism will not be “set right” by adding more aerobic work. The aerobic energy system doesn’t seem to play a role in course-correcting metabolic and hormonal function.


The simple message here is to “cardio less” and “lift more.” But what type of weight training works best for hitting the metabolic and hormonal reset button?

For all the bashing traditional bodybuilding training takes, it’s still the superior form of exercise in course-correcting metabolic and hormonal function.

In fact, whole-body or body-part weight training done in complexes from supersets to tri-sets (strength-density training) is an even better approach.

Source: T-Nation

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