Muscle’s Insignificant Effect on Metabolism

May 12th, 2013 by

You without fail always hear ‘fitness pros’ talking about how muscle has a big effect on improving metabolism. The fact of the matter is, it really doesn’t. In fact, each additional pound of muscle you add to your frame increases daily caloric requirements by 6 cals/lb/day. That is IT!

On average, muscle mass makes up about 40% of your bodyweight. However, it only makes up about 20% of your BMR

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