Lifting To Lose? Want a lean and toned physique? Time to start hitting the weights!

When my close friend Michelle started putting on weight after the birth of her second child, she did what a lot of people do: She tried to run it off, literally. Four or five times a week she laced up her shoes and ran for miles, but the scale refused to budge. Thinking she wasn’t doing enough, Michelle started attending spin classes and doing additional workouts on cardio machines. After months of heroic effort, very little changes had been done to reshape her body. “Nothing was working,” she said. “I thought my metabolism had just slowed down and I’d never be able to lose the weight.”

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