If you're trying to lose weight, some minor tweaks in your workout routine can help you progress toward your goals more quickly.

Here are some modest changes you can make to your strength training program. It's recommended that you only try one of these changes at a time.

  • If you're weight-training 2 days a week, increase it to 3 days. Remember always to let muscles rest at least 48 hours between sessions.
  • Increase the number of sets you do. If you currently do 2 sets, up it to 3.
  • If you're not already doing so, lift the heaviest amount of weight that you can SAFELY handle. But always follow the 10% rule: Never increase the amount of weight more than 10 percent at a time.