Fact or Fiction? Lifting Weights Creates Bulk

11 Jan


Let’s first start by tackling the myth that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat.  A pound is a pound, whether it’s made up of muscle or fat.  The difference is, however, that muscle is denser than fat and takes up less room so two people who weigh the same can look very different if one has a higher ratio of lean muscle mass to fat.

It is important to incorporate strength training into your routine so you burn calories at an optimal rate all day long.  Researchers at the Washington University of Medicine found that working out with heavy weights even for as few as 3-6 repetitions increased exercisers’ sleeping metabolic rate by nearly 8%.  That’s enough to lose about 5 pounds in a year, even if you did nothing else!

“Muscle weight is a good weight because you look firmer, smaller and more fit.  It’s also more metabolically active, so just having more muscle will boost metabolism throughout the day to help keep you leaner.”  Julia Valentour – program coordinator and media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.


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