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Answer: Absolutely not! “Strength training will help you lose weight faster and keep it off in the long run,” notes Jeffrey Janot, Ph.D., an assistant professor of exercise physiology at South Dakota State University in Brookings. It will keep you from dropping muscle along with the fat and prevent your metabolism from slowing down (common during weight loss). As the fat melts off, your body will look leaner and firmer. Just make sure you’re lifting enough weight to build muscle – you should feel fatigued by the tenth to twelfth rep.
Originally published in Fitness magazine.