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How Much Does Strength Training Really Increase Metabolism?

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  • Written By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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The claim: Strength training will help you build muscle and boost your metabolism. It’s a winning proposition for any woman vying to maintain a healthy weight without counting calories—or spending an obscene amount of hours sweating it out in the gym.

There are countless reasons to lift weights and build strong muscles, including injury prevention, improved bone density, and a lower risk for type 2 diabetes and other diseases—not to forget that badass feeling you get when you can haul a giant piece of furniture up the stairs all by yourself. Another often-cited benefit to strength training is that it will increase your metabolism. But how much does your metabolism increase with strength training? The answer depends on many different factors.

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