Strength training will help you maintain your muscle mass and resting metabolism. Preserving your muscle will help ensure that when you lose weight, you lose fat weight and not weight from losing muscle and water.
Adults who do not exercise and strength training regularly:
Source: ACE Seminar Series: Specialized Strength Training presented by Wayne L. Wescott, Ph.D., CSCS
Your resting metabolism accounts for approximately 70% of the calories you burn each day. By preserving your muscle mass through strength training, you can help preserve your resting metabolism and the number of calories you burn each day.
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