Here we go with yet another of my Top 100 weight loss tips, this being article number 66 in this series. In this post, I’ll be looking at the truism that is “lose weight, gain muscle”. This is one of those things that at first seems like its backwards, but when I explain it, you’ll see that it is perfectly valid.
Lose Weight Gain Muscle
When it comes to losing weight, one of the things you need your body to be able to do is to metabolize your food as efficiently as possible. This ensures that all the food you consume is processed and all the available nutrients are taken out for use by the body and all the waste products are eliminated. It also means that all sugars that are present in that food are used by your body and not stored as fat.
To do that, your muscles must use all those sugars, because muscle tissue is the major aspect of he human body that uses those sugars as fuel to convert into energy in the form of work.
Therefore, it stands to reason that the harder the muscles work, the more sugars they will burn and the fewer of those sugars will be left over for the body to store as fat. For muscles to work hard, they need to be strong, which comes from regular exercise. But there is another aspect to this that is very interesting to those who want to lose weight.
The more massive your body’s compliment of muscle tissue, the more sugars will be burned during exercise. This means simply that if you gain more muscle mass, you will be able to burn off greater amounts of the calories that are in the food you consume through your calorie controlled diet. Simply put, when you gain more muscle mass through regular exercise, you burn off more fats.
Now initially, that process will actually cause slight weight gain because muscle tissue weighs more than fat. But once the muscle mass increases, the fat volume will decrease faster, leading to weight loss. But that loss in weight becomes more sustainable because of the greater muscle mass that will always be able to burn off more calories during exercise than if you had lower muscle mass.
If you are serious about losing weight, make sure you work on building muscle mass as well as improving stamina and fitness when you exercise. This will mean you will be able to enjoy sustained loss of weight and have a slimmer, more toned and healthier body. So remember the words, “lose weight, gain muscle” and you will surprise yourself at what you can accomplish by working towards that goal!
100 Weight Loss Tips number 65 follows in the next post!