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Old 12-28-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Muscle burns fat? Really?

A couple of people told me that even after you lift weights your muscles are burning fat. Really? If this were the case I'd never have those moments of fat because I lift weights every other day. Nothing like Body Builders that pose on stage. But if muscle were to really burn fat most people would not have weight issues since we work our muscles in more ways than one even when we don't know it. Of course all this is a statement in the form of a curious question. Thanks for playing Jeopardy with me.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:15 PM   #2
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Muscle = metabolism. You can easily still overeat and negate that.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:07 AM   #3
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What I've read is that in terms of burning calories, muscles will burn more than fat--i.e., if I replace some body fat with muscle, I will be burning more calories on a daily basis. That difference can be minimal, so anyone can simply eat more than he/she burns and thus have weight issues.

It is also 'speculated' that our body's metabolism increases with any form of exercise and that increase extends beyond the actual exercise session. This isn't an absolute rule because it all depends on the individual. In testing, the increase in metabolism varied widely, and for some people, it ended when the exercise ended.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:46 AM   #4
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Diet is still the key.. Muscle IS metabolically active . That said, as Craig Ballentyne always said, you cant out train a bad diet.
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:06 AM   #5
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I just saw a couple of articles related to this.

Eat fat grow thin at Mendosa.com


Sitting may increase risk of disease
Sitting May Increase Risk Of Disease

In a general way it seems that being inactive (sitting) just a couple of hours turns off
the fat burning enzines you stired up during exercise. And the same goes the high insulin you get right after eating.
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:07 AM   #6
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Our coach always talks about moving around.. what many also call N.E.A.T It does definitely help!
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:00 PM   #7
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Time Magazine

There was an interesting article in Time Magazine about this.

It stated that most of the estimates about how many calories that muscle burns at rest are HIGHLY overstated.

This makes a lot of sense as otherwise bodybuilders would need to eat enormous amounts of food just to preserve muscle tissue and they do not.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:42 PM   #8
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It is true.. over stated but you do burn more cals than if at rest on the sofa.
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It is true.. over stated but you do burn more cals than if at rest on the sofa.
Possibly that is key to the statement. Over a 24 hour period of activity and rest. What is a pound of muscle supposed to burn? Wasn't the old number 50 but it is closer to 1/2 that.
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