When it comes to weight loss, free weights can take you far. But cranking out isolation exercises, like you might to add serious size to your arms, and taking super-long rest periods won’t maximize your returns. For that reason, the best dumbbell workout for weight loss is all about intensity and efficiency.
After all, weight loss comes down to two guiding principles: calorie burn and lean muscle growth. To lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. But what good are calories burned if they come from muscle?
To prevent muscle loss, the workout below loads the body’s biggest muscle groups through large, compound movements, and with weight that pushes those muscles to fatigue. After all, the more muscle fibers you recruit with each and every rep, the more energy—or calories—your muscles will suck up and burn through.
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