Lean Body Mass and Metabolic Inferno (Metabolic Rate)
You may have heard a lot of talk about lean body mass and metabolic rate, but what does this all mean? This talk of calories and metabolism will make more sense if you understand a little more about the forces you’re actually dealing with. Your resting metabolic rate (which I’ve been calling your metabolic inferno, because that’s what it will be once you’re done with this course), also sometimes referred to as your basal metabolic rate, is the speed at which your body burns through calories when you are doing nothing at all.
The higher your resting metabolic rate, or RMR, the more calories you are burning on a regular basis, and so the easier it’ll be for you to lose weight. The easiest way to influence your basal metabolic rate (metabolic inferno) is to add lean body mass, also known as our good friend muscle. Muscle takes more calories to maintain than fat does, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn regardless of what activities you’re engaged in. In fact, for every pound of muscle, you’ll burn 50 calories a day without any effort!
This is convenient because its muscles you were after to begin with. It can also be a double-edged sword though. The fact that muscles need more calories to sustain themselves is also why your body will dump muscle first when it goes into starvation mode. When you understand how all of these factors influence each other, it’s easier to see why some diet and exercise plans work and some don’t.
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