9 Strategies for Gaining Muscle While Losing Weight (U.S. News and World Report)
Posted: Sep 30, 2022 in In the News
The following article originally appeared in U.S. News and World Report on September 30, 2022.
Strong is the new skinny.
Preserving lean muscle mass while losing weight isn’t always easy, but it’s important to overall health and wellness. Maintaining muscle mass and strength is critical as you age, and adding muscle can also help with weight loss efforts. This is because lean muscle burns more calories than fat. Muscle is metabolically more active than fat; the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate will be. Muscle also provides better mobility, heart and metabolic health.
The challenge is that shedding excess weight and reducing body fat levels can claim some of your lean muscle mass, too. “When we lose weight, we tend to lose muscle tissues, which means we unfortunately burn fewer calories,” says Michal Mor, co-founder, head of science and chief of product at Lumen, a Tel Aviv-based company aiming to bring metabolic health products to the general public.
This effect can slow your basal metabolic rate and make it more difficult to lose weight.
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