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Weight lifting and weight control


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Fat and weight lifting

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Weight lifting builds muscle, which increases overall body strength, tone, and balance. Muscles burn calories more efficiently than fat and other body tissues. Lifting weights is an effective way to burn calories because increasing muscle mass may help to increase your metabolic rate.

If proper technique is followed, most people of any age can safely lift weights. It is important, however, to check with your physician before you start to weight train. Also, consult an experienced personal trainer or coach prior to beginning a weight lifting program. This can help prevent injuries.

Update Date: 1/17/2004

Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Ma., and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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