Saturday, March 14, 2009

Burn Excess Fat And Feed Your Muscles

By: Robert Kokoska
There is strong idea held by the people in the physical fitness genre that the best way to speed up your metabolism and lose weight is by simply building more lean muscle. We are always being told that by having more lean muscle mass, we will end up burning more calories daily which ultimately means more weight being lost. Just how
much truth is in this statement and can building a little extra muscle really help you to lose excess fat at a faster rate?There have been countless studies to find out how many calories were burt up for every pound of muscle on the body. These studies have concluded that roughly 30 to 50 additional calories were burnt up for every pound of muscle that was being added to the body. Now that this fact has been scientifically confirmed, we now need to know, just how long does it take to build up an extra pound of fat burning muscle?For the average man, it takes around one month, but for women, it often can take twice as long or even longer. If you try to build extra muscle without any supplementation aids, it can be quite a slow process of continually tearing and rebuilding your muscles. If you want extra muscle to aid you in weight loss, the process of tearing and repairing is the only effective way to see good results with your workouts over time.If you are planning to do a little bodybuilding for extra fat burner muscle, there are lots of tried and tested methods to do just that. It doesn't matter what program you end up choosing because there are always a couple necessary actions that will always have to take place if you want to maximize your muscle growth and at the same time, minimize the pain that often comes with tearing your muscles.When you work out a muscle group using weights of some sort, you will eventually get yourself to a point where the muscle will no longer be able to lift the amount of weight being lifted. This is known as the "Point of Failure". When you push a muscle up to this point, it starts to get little rips from within. These tears will re-build if there's enough protein, over roughly 48 hours or rest and you will gain a slight amount of new muscle mass in the process. It's this added muscle that ends up getting rid of all those excess fat calories.To be as pain-free as possible while bodybuilding, it's improtant that you learn to properly stretch. After tearing a muscle, a chemical known as lactic acid enters the area and the healing process will begin. It's the lactic acid that causes any pain in the muscles after intense workouts. Stretching will help to disperse the lactic acid buildup and reduce the dreaded "day after" pains that are usually felt after a good workout.It is a wise idea to not engage yourself in weight training every single day. At most, you should have a one day on and one day off strategy in place so you can allow yourself the 48 recovery period. You can always engage in other fitness activities or dieting on your off days to burn stored calories. There are however, some muscle groups that recover faster than others such as the abdominals, which can safely be exercised daily.When engaging in weight lifting activity for muscle growth, it is important to consume high quality protein because this is what muscles are made up of. So how much protein do you need if you are weight training? If you exercise quite heavily, you might need to up your protein intake a little from the RDA's recommendation of 0.8 g/kg to 1.2-1.8 g/kg.So just how many calories can all of this extra muscle burn? If you added 1 pound of muscle to your body, you would burn an additional 1500 calories every month, without doing anything extra or without going on any diet. If you were to gain an additional 10 pounds of new muscle from a continued workout program, you would burn an extra fifteen thousand calories each and every month that would end up accounting for a lot of extra fat loss.