Muscle Is Metabolically Active – It Burns Fat Ya Hear!?

Theory has it that for every 3lbs of fat we lose when dieting, we stand to lose approx 1lb of muscle!

Why does this have to be the case!!??

Muscle is metabolically active, so consider this theory instead…

For every 1lb of muscle you gain, your body burns an extra 50kcal a day...sounds good right!?

Make sure you burn fat and not muscle by doing 3 things, 1.) Consume ample protein and carbs over the course of the day to ensure your glycogen stores are drip fed meaning you won’t revert to burning muscle for energy, and if you're limiting carbs be sure to definitely do the following 2.) Ingest BCAA’s approx 30-40mins prior to a training session to stave off catabolism (muscle breakdown), and 3.) Consume a rapidly absorbing whey protein during the anabolic window i.e. within 30-60mins after training.

Happy training people!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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