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Sunday, January 1, 2012

31 Days of Weight Loss Tips: Day 1 Build Muscle

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So you want to tone up and lose a few pounds? Then you want to speed up your metabolism. 

Boosting your basal metabolic rate will help you burn calories all day, not just when you're in the gym. And the best way to charge up your metabolism is to build some muscle.

By increasing your lean muscle mass you will ensure that while you're sitting at work pecking away at the computer, your body will be hard at work burning calories.   

Muscle tissue is about three times more metabolically active than fat. So the more muscle the body has, the more calories it will burn at rest.

This is one of the reasons why men tend to be able to eat more than women without the same consequences, they naturally have more muscle.

The best way to build muscle is to lift weights. Make sure to go heavy enough that you're challenged, but not so heavy that you get hurt. As always, contact me with any questions.

WebMD and Mayo Clinic

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