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Fitness Lies Keeping You Overweight

Burning more calories to achieve your optimal weight doesn’t have to be as convoluted as it sometimes seems. Unfortunately, myths and distortions often keep us from realizing that.

Here are the three most common fitness lies that keep you overweight. (Men’s Fitness)

You Can’t Add Muscle And Lose Weight 

According to the International Journal of Obesity, your muscles contribute to a whopping 20 percent of your metabolic rate, while your fat mass uses 3 percent of your energy. All this means is that staying lean involves adding muscle through strength building exercises.

Metabolic rate, as defined in the second edition of the “Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition,” is “the overall rate of tissue oxidation of fuels by all the body’s organs.” The fuels mentioned are “the carbohydrate, fat, protein, alcohol, and minor dietary components” that are oxidized in the tissues, oxygen that is being taken up by your lungs and the combusted end products such as carbon dioxide, water and urea that are being excreted by your lungs, urine and skin. In other words, it determines how well you burn off fats and utilize protein, all of which can lead to either weight loss, retention or gain as well as added muscle. 

Swapping “Bad” Fats For “Good” Ones 

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