Is Gaining Muscle Mass a Good Strategy for Fat Loss?
There is a huge myth going around that gaining muscle is the best way to burn body fat and stay lean in the long run. This is a really trendy thing to say right now. Go into almost any gym and you will hear a personal trainer tell their client “You have to work on building more muscle, because then your body will burn more calories each day…leading to fat loss”.
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Gaining Muscle is a VERY Inefficient Way to Lose Body Fat
For each pound of lean muscle that you gain, you will burn an extra 12 calories per day. If you gained 10 pounds of lean muscle mass, you would burn an extra 120 calories throughout the day (note: I’m talking 10 pounds of ‘lean’ muscle…most people would have to gain 15 pounds to build 10 pounds of fat free muscle).
Burn Body Fat 10 Times Quicker With Diet and Cardio
A tough cardio workout can easily burn 600 calories. If you reduced you daily intake of calories by 600, then the total calorie deficit would be 1,200 calories…this is 10 times the calorie burning effect that a 10 pound muscle gain had. Here is an amazingly effective cardio workout that I’ve used for the past few years: An Aerobic Workout Program That Forces Your Body to Burn Fat
Too Much Muscle Can Ruin the Look of Your Physique
Yeah…I’m completely against the idea of gaining a bunch of muscle…especially for women! The ideal look for a woman is toned with just a hint of muscle…kind of like the women on the cover of Shape Magazine. If you gain too much muscle, you may be asked to model for the cover of Flex Magazine…that is a terrible look! Too much muscle looks cheesy on guys as well…ask any woman.
Note: If you do want to gain muscle quickly because you are skinny, here is a great article: How to Gain Weight Fast
Summary: If you want to gain muscle, then work on gaining muscle. If you want to burn body fat, then diet and cardio is the way to go!