Muscle Doesn’t Increase Metabolism Like You Think…
We’ve all heard it. Heck, most of us have probably said it ourselves: “Increasing muscle mass speeds metabolism!”
But although increasing lean mass will raise metabolic rate to a small extent, the increase isn’t nearly as much as most people think.
A 1-lb. gain in muscle tissue only amounts to about 7 extra calories burned per day - a negligible amount in the grand scheme of things.
So does this mean strength training isn’t important for weight loss?
Muscle builds strength and the ability to work out HARDER, so you can burn more calories during and after your workout – and THIS increases your metabolism.
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