Isn't it the case that when you're thin you have more muscle than fat? And when you're a fatty you have more fat than muscle? Therefore to move from fatty to thin you need to build muscle and lose fat. Since strength training also burns fat, and having more muscle helps burn fat more effectively the rest of the time too (not to mention improving your looks faster than anything else), strength training is an efficient addition to a program with the goal of getting one from fat to thin.
The program that BB posted is one of the most efficient out there. Possibly sprinkle in a bit of HIIT on off days, add some stretching and myofascial release, and you're pretty much all set. You can read this if you would like a bit more on those ideas: jasonferruggia.com/it-aint-strength-traini
Also, this for another type of program layout.... also if you need convincing that weight is not what it's all about: suppversity.blogspot.com/2011/11/intermitt
Basically, for the most part (unless you take it to extremes, and believe me that will take years) strength training maximizes what you have. If you're a man you become more a big, manly man. If you're a woman you pretty much slim down and get curvy. Want proof? Look up female olympic lifters, like on youtube or something. Sure a few of the real olympian women look swole (those are the ones who have trained for years while 'roided), but look at the ones who lift for fitness. Are they swole? Heck no. They are lean and athletic. Same with most of the oly lifter dudes. The guys who are all super swole are typically powerlifters or 'roided. Don't take anyone in professional bodybuilding who is not competing in a tested "natural" contest as an indication of normal physiology. More like genetic outliers boosted further by being massive biochemical experiments.
Edited by: GRACEFULIFE at: 7/18/2012 (06:05)