Australian Fitness Model Naomi Luck says, "LADIES LIFT YOUR WEIGHTS
Strength training, builds lean muscle that burns calories at a higher rate even while you are resting.
You might technically burn fewer calories during a 60 minute strength training routine than you do running for an hour, BUT the lean muscle that you build from heavy strength training, is going to get you a higher net energy expenditure, because of the elevated after burn that lasts up to 24-48 hours post training. Meaning your body burns fat faster at rest!!
You are not going to get massive lifting weights! That is a whole other argument. You ARE however going to reshape your body, and find it easier to stay lean because your body burns through calories faster than someone who sticks to just cardio for exercise.
This being said- you still need to push past your comfort zone and LIFT HEAVY WEIGHT! If you are un-sure ASK someone to help you or hire a Trainer like myself, here in this pic, that actually knows how to lift, just ask them what a low bar back squat is... if they don't know...walk away. If they put you on a 1000 calorie diet...run away!"