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It’s easy to skip the weight lifting session and head straight to the treadmill or elliptical, but if you want to lose more weight you might want to reconsider.

Lifting weights helps you burn more calories throughout the day. According to an article from womenshealthmag.com, you burn more calories throughout the day from weight lifting because your body has to use more energy working to repair the muscle fibers. Research has found that your metabolism can be increased up to 48 hours after one weight training session.

Don’t totally skip out on aerobic exercise though. Research shows that both weight lifting and aerobic exercise are essential for losing weight. A combination of both will help you lose the weight faster than only doing one.

Do your weight training first. According to bodybuilding.com, your body uses your glycogen stores when you lift weight first. This forces your body to use its fat stores when you add a cardiovascular workout at the end of your weight training session.

A study conducted by the University of Tokyo published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that more fat was burned if the first 15 minutes of an aerobic session after weight training than vice versa.

So when you are at the gym next, consider lifting more weights and doing a little less cardio and you might reach your goals a little sooner.

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