To Reduce Body Fat
Research reveals that adding 3 pounds of muscle increases our resting metabolic rate by 7% and our daily calorie requirements by 15% (Campbell et al. 1994). At rest, a pound of muscle uses up nearly 70 calories per day for tissue maintenance, and during exercise uses much more. Therefore those who replace muscle through strength training exercise use more calories all day long, thereby reducing the likelihood of fat accumulation. Adding muscle and losing fat gives our body the “toned or ripped” look so many of us desire.
BODY FAT REDUCTION – Campbell and his co-workers (1994) found that strength exercise reduced unwanted body fat by 4 lbs. after only 12 weeks of training, even though the subjects were eating 15% more calories per day. That is, a basic strength training program resulted in 3 pounds more lean weight, 4 pounds less fat weight, and 370 more calories per day food intake.