Understanding Muscle & Fat Loss: How Many Calories does Muscle Really Burn? (via Body of Evidence by Fitport)

I’ve written before about the impact of muscle on the body and fat loss. This article explains how the addition of muscle and loss of fat actually works to help you get lean. As the article explains, adding muscle and burning fat doesn’t help you burn more calories, but it helps you redirect your bodies road map for calorie burning.

Once your calories have been redirected the two most important ways to continue to shed body fat and weight are nutrition and activity. Eating a low calorie, healthy and nutritious diet will provide your body with the proper fuel and increasing your bodies metabolic cost during exercise helps shovel those calories on the fire instead of allowing them to land in storage.

How Many Calories does Muscle Really Burn? The metabolic effect of adding muscle is misunderstood and greatly overstated. Most fitness professionals will tell you that each pound of muscle burns an extra 40-50 calories per day, which is just not true. The real number is about 6 calories. So you put on 10 pounds of muscle, and you’re buring an extra 60 calories a day…who cares? Thats a couple bites of a meal. Fat cells are misunderstood as well, most people think of them as inert, but th … Read More

via Body of Evidence by Fitport


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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