Muscle and your Metabolism

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Your Muscle and your Metabolism

Your Muscle and your Metabolism

Muscle is now known to be the single most important driver of our metabolism, accounting for a whopping 66 percent of the body's metabolic activity. Aside from muscle mass, the two most important factors influencing your metabolic processes are nutrition (12%) and exercise (17 percent). To achieve the body you desire and deserve, you must engage in resistance training to build lean muscle.

With this new information, there has been a remarkable shift in the way leading health and fitness professionals view exercise and its impact on body fat. The days of doing low-intensity cardio at 60-75 percent of your maximum heart rate are over. Sure, training in this "fat burning zone" will burn fat while you're doing it, but once you stop, your fat will return.

Most people don't have 20 hours per week to devote to it the old-fashioned way. Given the percentages mentioned above, it is wiser to train lean muscle mass (66 percent of your metabolism) – and optimize your exercise and nutrition – so that you burn more calories even when you are resting.

Resistance training is an essential component of this program in order to build more lean muscle... to work on the largest portion of the metabolic pie – the 66 percent. Resistance training is also important for the promotion of key hormones. Controlling key hormones will assist you in gaining control of your body composition (body fat to lean muscle ratio).

A special note to women

Every day, we hear women in the gym express concern that resistance training will make them appear "too muscular" or "bodybuilder-like." Please know that, unless you're a genetic freak, the only muscle you'll notice is lean, toned, and shapely. It takes hours and hours of intense training to develop the physique of a body builder.

And one for the men.

The most amazing thing about resistance training is that if you want to look like a ripped sports model, resistance training can help you get there. With a little more food to fuel the muscle – and a more rigorous training regimen

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