13 Full-Body Strength Exercises Trainers Recommend For Weight Loss

Full-body strength-training exercises are key for weight loss, which is why we've gathered these trainer-recommended moves to choose from. But why are these exercises so critical for burning fat? "A lot of people think that the best way to shed fat is by doing lots of steady cardio. You can lose fat that way, but it's not the optimal type of training for fat loss," said Julia Buckley, a REPs Level 3-certified trainer in the UK. "Intense fast-paced cardio, power moves, and weightlifting sessions are much better. By adding muscle to your body, you will burn more fat all of the time."

That's because muscle mass actually boosts your metabolic rate, which helps you burn calories even when you're not working out. Targeting multiple muscle groups in one move, as you do with full-body exercises, burns more calories (and thus more fat) and does it efficiently to maximize your time at the gym, said Eric Bowling, an NASM-certified trainer at Ultimate Performance Los Angeles.

However, you won't lose weight just by doing these exercises alone. If weight loss is your goal, you need a consistent and effective workout routine that includes both cardio and strength training, as well as a healthy diet low on sugar and refined carbs and high on on veggies, protein, and fiber. Once you have that foundation of healthy diet and consistent exercise in place, plug these 13 moves into your routine to optimize fat-burning potential. Grab some weights and let's get started.

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