Muscle Mass Important for Metabolism

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At about 30 years old, if we aren’t eating properly and exercising, we begin to lose about half a pound of our muscle mass every year. When we hit age 50, this loss doubles to about a pound of our precious lean muscle mass every year. And why is this important….??? Because muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat mass and boosts a person’s metabolism. So by increasing your lean muscle mass, you will be burning more calories, even at rest.  And yes, a pound of muscle equals a pound of fat, but muscle mass is more dense, and therefore takes up less space. An increase in lean muscle mass also means increased muscular endurance and strength, and affords greater protection for your joints as you continue to  enjoy the physical activities that you love.

So how do we not only preserve muscle mass as we age, but actually build new muscle mass in order to increase our metabolism ?? The simple answer is through proper nutrition, by knowing which foods to eat when and in what quantities, along with resistance training activities.

 

 

 

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Nancy A. Goodman

Nancy A. Goodman, NSCA-CPT, ISSA is a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer. She has years of experience working with individuals to attain their fitness and overall health goals. She is committed to helping her clients live a robust life of wellness.

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