Everyone at one point has searched the best way to gain muscle and lose fat. There is a ton of information in the fitness world. Most claim to be the “best” or the “correct” way to do this the fastest, yet after many tedious tries, you see no results. Let’s put to rest these fitness myths one at a time, so you can start feeling better faster. Starting with a very popular misconception: in order to lose weight, I need to concentrate on cardio.
Concentrating on cardio is not only boring, it can hinder your ability to build muscle and the number of calories you burn day to day. When you build muscle mass, you develop more muscle tissue, which then converts into burning more calories per day. You even burn more calories after your workout when you are at home resting. Christopher Wharton, PhD, a certified personal trainer and researcher with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University states “10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories.” That is a big difference when you consider how many calories you could be burning while working out with increased muscle mass. This is also why, even after you build the muscle, you must supply your body with the necessary calories to feed your muscles and make sure they aren’t burning away with the fat.