I often meet people who are looking for a secret, magic weight-loss trick. They want to know how they can burn the most fat in the least amount of time. What do I tell them? I always give the same response, and that’s that there isn’t any magical weight-loss answer. Burning fat efficiently boils down to one thing — building more muscle!
That’s right: A major key to revving up your metabolism is muscle mass. The reason? Muscles demand more energy from your body than fat does; the more muscle you add to your body, therefore, the more calories you’ll be burning throughout the day. In fact, studies show that for every pound of muscle you add, you automatically burn an extra 35 to 50 calories per day — and that’s while going about your normal activities. Even at rest, muscle burns almost twice as many calories as fat.
Women are often hesitant about doing the strength training with weights that’s necessary to develop muscle — they’re afraid they’ll look too bulked up or masculine. It’s time to change that thinking! Building muscles is a must when it comes to losing weight. Rather, these strength moves tighten and tone and eventually redistribute your weight in a healthy way. Your arms and legs will feel firmer, your body will feel stronger, and you’ll be burning more calories daily — even when you’re sleeping! Wait — that sounds like a magic weight-loss trick to me!