[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
Don’t Lift to Lose Fat!
When you’re trying to lose fat, strength training should be used as a way to prevent muscle loss or even stimulate muscle gain; it shouldn’t be used to stimulate fat loss.
Don’t get me wrong, the adaptations to strength training and increased energy expenditure will contribute somewhat to your fat loss effort. However, you shouldn’t design lifting programs aimed solely at burning fat. Performing high rep exercise with light weights will do nothing to help preserve muscle mass while on a diet and might even lead to muscle wasting if the volume is excessive.[/quote]
Some coaches think that your program should be changed for fat loss (ie: using higher reps, shorter rest periods etc). They claim that although you’ll only burn a little more calories during a session with this method, that EPOC will be much greater and that’s when the bulk of the fat loss occurs.
Perhaps that’s how those old school “high rep for cuts” programs worked to?