Do you know someone who is really skinny, can eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce? If you have the opposite problem with your metabolism (e.g. you drive by McDonalds and gain fat just smelling the french fry grease), then you might have just muttered under your breath, "Yeah, I hate that guy/gal". While you may have been born with a sluggish metabolism, the good news is you can raise your metabolism with resistance training.
Building a little lean muscle means that 24/7 your body is burning more fuel (i.e. calories)! For example, research shows that ever extra 0.45kg (just under 1 pound) of lean muscle you gain burns an extra 35 calories per day. So let's say you go and build about 5 pounds of lean muscle (trust me, 5lbs of lean muscle spread out over the whole body is not noticeable). That means that each day you burn an extra 175 calories. Over the course of 1 year that is an extra 63, 875 calories. Since there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat, that 63, 875 calories equates to an extra 18.25 pounds of fat - and remember that is just to have the muscle there!
You become fuel inefficient
For years I have driven a Honda Civic because I’m cheap and it’s good on gas. However, what would happen if I took it to the shop and had them replace that little 4-cylinder motor with a big V8 engine? Besides the obvious increase in performance, my gas bill would go through the roof! With weight training, you make your body fuel inefficient and that is exactly what you want when you are trying to lose fat. Click HERE for more information.
|Your body on cardio: fuel efficient - not what you want for fat loss.|
|Your body on weights: high performance, fuel inefficient and great looks!|