Build Muscle to Burn Fat

A big part of losing weight is achieved by reducing the amount of fat you have stored in the various areas of your body. But before you can reduce that fat, you have to know how to do it so that it won't easily come back again.

This article looks at probably the most sure fire way of burning away that fat and making sure it doesn't return, which is by building muscle. It is not for the lazy or easy fix people, but if you are determined to lose weight and want to keep it lost, then this is for you.

Reducing Blood Sugar Levels

The body will burn fat when it is forced to because the blood sugar levels have become so reduced through the body's demand for it that it needs to be replaced so the body can continue working. This it does by converting some of its stored up fat back to the sugars that provide energy for the body.

Of course, the most effective way of creating this situation is through exercise. But just doing a few minutes of light exercise is not enough. You have to exercise for a minimum of twenty minutes continually and at a sufficiently strenuous rate to raise your heart rate and cause sweating and your breath to be heavier than normal.

This is because for the first twenty minutes of exercising, the muscles will get all the energy they need from sugars already present in the bloodstream.

The best way to ensure continuous fat burning is to make sure you exceed the twenty minute barrier and keep going for as long as you can. The type of exercise you do does not even need to be excessively strenuous to achieve this state.

Jogging at the Right Pace

Some people believe that jogging a leisurely pace is no use and will try and sprint like mad and then collapse in a heap after only a few minutes. By doing this, they may have expended all their energy, but will have failed to burn any fat, whereas the person jogging along at a leisurely pace for longer than twenty minutes will be burning fat.

This leads to the point of the title of this article. When you exercise for the required time and beyond, the stronger and more massive your muscles, the more energy they will need to do the work and therefore the more fat they will burn for a given period of time.

Now, you don't need to build up your muscles like a bodybuilder, unless you really want to.

Resistence Training

But you can certainly build up muscle density and strength by continued exercise on a daily basis using moderate resistance training combined with stamina training. This could combine some moderate weight training with a subsequent run, or jog at a moderate pace.

Or the weight training could be followed up with a long swim of several lengths of the pool going for as long as you can.

This combination of effort first builds muscle strength and is then followed by endurance training that continues the work by burning the fat and further adding strength and stamina to your body's muscles. In fact, swimming is one of the best exercises to do.

This is because it involves most muscle groups in the body, which creates the most desirable effect in the long term by toning and slimming the body to give you that great figure that you initially desired through your weight loss program.

By combining exercise with a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of protein, you provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to build the muscles and the stamina to exercise for longer than that critical time to ensure those muscles are burning the fat. It's really as simple as that!

And all you need to do is to motivate yourself to do the exercises every day and you will soon achieve that great looking body without the need to force yourself to eat a boring, calorie control diet.

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