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Importance of muscle mass

03/17/2006

Question:

Is it true that it is important to continue lifting when trying to lose weight? I have heard that the muscle mass is what burns the calories. But I also know that muscle weighs more then fat. How can I get that balance and see the numbers drop?

Answer:

Yes, it is true that you need to combine strength training with your routine and muscle does weigh more than fat.  You need to switch your focus from decreasing weight to decreasing fat.  Lowering your percent body fat and increasing your percent non-fat is key to lifelong health.

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Response by:

Jayme   Johnson, MS Jayme Johnson, MS
Program Manager
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati