You need to build muscle. You also need to burn fat. Wouldn’t it just be awesome, if doing one, would help the other? Well, luckily for you, it does. Your personal trainer is here, at your service, to tell you, it’s not as difficult as you think. Let’s just make todays blog post very simple. I have a few clients who wear those monitors showing you how many calories you burn throughout the day. I also own one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out the one that I own, here. Well, let’s say these things are accurate. Right now, it says that I burn on average 3200 calories a day, at rest. Because I’m active, have a low body fat percentage, and weigh 190 pounds, I can eat 3200 calories each day, and not change a thing. One of my clients, who, let’s say weighs 150, burns about 1700 calories at rest, but has a higher body fat percentage than me. So I burn almost twice as many calories, but don’t weigh twice as much. I have a much lower body fat percentage, so I in turn, have more muscle. I won’t gain fat nearly as easily, because I have a higher ceiling for the amount of calories I can consume. So wouldn’t it make sense, if you don’t want to gain excess fat, to build muscle? Just based on these numbers alone, you would want to build a couple of pounds of muscle, regardless of your weight. Let’s be honest. In Las Vegas especially, but throughout the nation, we have become a society of over-eaters. So if you go past your allotted calories for the day, where do you think that excess is going to end up? Not in a six pack, but in a keg. It will result ultimately, in you storing body fat. So whether you are 150 pounds, 300 pounds, or 90, it would make sense to put a little muscle on your frame, if, only for that extra calorie cushion. And look at it this way too. If you build muscle, and don’t eat more than your daily needs, what do you think is going to happen? You will burn fat, because, your body needs extra calories now for energy, and the first thing your body will look at, is stored body fat. So, it’s a plus two! Build muscle, burn fat, and if you want, you can eat just a little more!