For many people the ultimate goal of all exercise is to control their body weight and keep it in a particular range. Whether this is for the purpose of staying healthy or even just looking great, it requires a careful consideration of how the exercises you are doing will impact your calories burned per day. This issue is particularly complicated when you decide to try adding body building to your routine. There are some rough guidelines that you can consider, however, when it comes to trying to estimate weight lifting calories burned.
People who are trying to use exercise to get healthy are often dismayed to find that, while websites will help them to estimate how many calories they burn through yoga or on an elliptical machine, they often don't offer similar estimates for strength training and body building. The reason for this is that it is actually much more complicated to calculate this kind of calorie burn than it is for cardiovascular training.
Training on a piece of equipment like a treadmill will generally only involve burning calories while doing the exercise itself, with a very small number of calories burned later. The weight lifting calories burned, on the other hand, will be smaller during the exercise itself but stretch out over a much longer period of time due to the body's need to expend energy in rebuilding the damage muscle tissue.
There are a few special considerations related to body building and monitoring calories. If you actually want to engage in muscle building, it is generally necessary to consume a surplus of calories and especially to consume extra protein. This makes it extremely difficult to both shed fat and build muscle at the same time. For people who aren't experts in it, it is recommended to focus on one or the other at any given time to maximize the chances of success.
Calories should always be considered on a per day basis rather than just focusing on what happens during a single exercise, workout, or eating one particular food. While weight training doesn't burn as many calories initially as something like an elliptical, it increases your overall metabolism and therefore the calories burned throughout the day.
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