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How Does Muscle Influence Your Metabolic Rate?

Just like a car needs gasoline to create energy, our bodies need carbs, proteins, and fats to fuel our “engine” and keep us going throughout the day. And just like different types of cars and trucks get different gas mileage, our bodies utilize the fuel we eat differently – all depending on our body composition and metabolic rate.

As we’ve covered in previous articles, your metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. The body’s engine that consumes the energy is your muscle mass. From your heart to your biceps, and even the facial muscles that you use to frown or smile – they all power our bodies – and bodies with more muscle burn more fuel.

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That’s right. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and the more you can eat. With more muscle mass, your body will burn those calories faster when you are at rest – meaning that you have a higher metabolic rate than someone who isn’t burning as many calories. With a balanced diet and precision exercise plan, you can fine tune what foods work best with your metabolic rate and body composition, creating a more fine-tuned engine – once again – that muscle mass. When you eat the right amount and type of foods, your body burns that fuel more efficiently, and you won’t find yourself gorging unhealthy foods late at night (well, at least most of the time).

We all want better gas mileage when we fill up at the gas pump. With this knowledge about muscle mass, body composition, and metabolic rate, you can now set a goal of getting better mileage out of the food you eat – by building more muscle. With the combination of DEXA scan body composition testing, Rest Metabolic Rate Test, VO2 Max, metabolic testing, and nutrition services at Live Lean Rx, you can starting working on that better MPG today.


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