Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Myth: One Pound of Muscle Burns 50 Calories Per Day

Myth: 1 pound of muscle burns 50 calories per day

The Truth:
This is perhaps the biggest misconception and most often quoted myth in fitness articles.

Unfortunately, it is just not possible for each pound of new muscle to burn 50 extra calories per day.

Just think about this number in the big picture.

If I put on 10 pounds of muscle, it is wishful thinking to believe that my metabolic rate will go up 500 calories.

That would be a huge jump, and would make it difficult to keep the new muscle on my body if my metabolism jumped up that much.

Now I'm the first person to recommend strength training to people, but we can't use this myth any more as justification.

But not to worry, there are hundreds of other reasons to strength train when your goal is a better body.

As one study from Perdue University showed, men and women over the age of 60 can build muscle and burn fat with strength training alone - without dieting or adding cardio.

(Reference: Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Apr;85(4):1005-13.Resistance training and dietary protein: effects on glucose tolerance and contents of skeletal muscle insulin signaling proteins in older persons.Iglay HB, Thyfault JP, Apolzan JW, Campbell WW.)

Click HERE to read more about that study

Helping you cut through the fat loss clutter to get more results in less time,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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