Did you know that resting muscle tissue actually burns more calories than fat? It’s true! In fact, a pound of muscle, at rest burns 3X the amount of calories compared to one pound of fat. Increasing your bodies lean muscle mass, even without losing “scale weight” will not only elevate your resting metabolic rate (amount of calories you burn per day at rest), it will decrease your body fat % and give you a more toned, fit and shapely physique.
Some fitness enthusiasts are hesitant to increase muscle within their bodies for fear of looking BULKY or BIG. Fear not! Having more muscle can be a great thing! Muscle is more dense than fat, therefore pound for pound, it takes up less space because it is more compact (generally by 18-20%) YES, that means physically smaller.
Benefits of having more lean muscle mass:
boost metabolic efficiency
improve balance and mobility
build a leaner physique
enhance strength, stability, power and endurance
improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control
increase energy and vitality
reduce risk of injury
strengthen athletic performance