Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Didn't Know THAT!

I like factoids, here's an interesting one:

According to FitSugar one pound of muscle burns 50 calories per day and a pound of fat burns 2 calories per day. Now, I had always heard that muscle burns more than fat resting, but I didn't really know what that exactly meant. If you can think about like, I can eat 48 more calories, that's a big deal (especially if that means that say I could develop more muscle mass and eat 1600 calories per day and still lose weight verses the 1200 that seems standard). I have been trying to build more muscle--for bone density and strength--but this significant ratio helps me understand the old fitness adage: muscle burns more than fat.


  1. This is so true. The muscle I gained from doing Curves totally slow down my gaining weight back when I stop doing Richard Simmons.

    You know when you lose weight with diet alone and no exercise. All the weight you lost seems to come back after two weeks of quiting the diet.

  2. I am going to focus on doing strength training and pilates until this semester is over because its easier to do in the office or at home, rather than pressuring myself to go to the gym during my crazy work/school hours that simply falls apart and I'll do it not feeling like this is the lesser exercise plan, but really helping to get those muscles up to some kind of shape. I know that I do not put on muscle easily, but working on it really does help. 48 calories worth of help in fact :)