Written by Bruce R. Copeland on May 10, 2008
Strength training workouts have an important place in any diet and exercise program for weight loss. For some time it has been recognized that building muscle can help the body to burn fat faster. From a metabolic perspective muscle is much more active than fat. So adding muscle causes the body to burn more calories even at rest.
Recently an additional benefit from strength training has been noted. Even without building muscle, strength training causes existing muscles to become more sensitive to glucose. This has the effect of lowering blood sugar for the body as a whole. Lower blood sugar levels cause a decrease in insulin levels and reduce the tendency for the body to consume additional calories.