(I have to preface this with a statement that all of the information that follows has been found to be accurate – I’ve read a lot about it and learned a lot along the way as well – but this isn’t a research paper so I’m not digging in books for sources…if you are interested in learning more, let me know and I will pull out the research and sources)
Weights were for boys…..boys had big muscles….and for some reason I thought that if I lifted weights, I would look like an Olympic athlete or a body builder. It took me over a decade to realize that these women spend 5-6 hours a day in the gym, are extremely hard to come by and generally take performance enhancing drugs. Point is, those women are not natural or normal results.
Let’s talk the facts first.
FACT: The more muscle your have, the more calories you burn at rest. Most people are at rest for most of their day. I work a desk job and sit for 9 hours/day. I spend 1 hour a day working out, the rest is spent watching TV or cleaning/cooking or sleeping. Not much activity.
- To illustrate, imagine identical twins. Twin A lifts weights 2 or 3 times a week and does cardio 3 or 4 times a week. Twin B does cardio 6 times a week. Guess who burns more calories watching tv together? Ah, you might not believe it, but twin A is actively burning more calories while both twins are being absolutely, 100% LAZY. Muscle burns more calories, even when you’re not moving.
- If you were to take 10 lbs. of fat and 10 lbs. of muscle and roll each of them into a ball, the 10 lbs. of fat might be the size of a bowling ball. In comparison, the 10 lbs. of muscle would be about the size of a baseball. So someone who is a size 16 can weigh the same as someone who is a size 8. That’s why I don’t go by scales alone….I measure. It’s much better for your confidence.