Whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds or want to be able to do 50 push-ups without stopping, or you want to look great in a a bathing suit, you need Muscles. This is true for men and women both, at any age.
While many people are focused on dropping pounds or losing weight, not too many people realize that they actually need muscle. Well, it’s time that you find out why muscles are so important and how they can help you achieve your fat loss or fitness goal.
Here is why you NEED muscles:
1. Muscles make fat loss Easier and Faster
If you want to burn body fat, gaining muscles will help a lot. The reason is that muscles simply use up a lot of calories. Gaining muscle mass is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism. For every pound of muscle mass that you gain (anywhere on your body) you will burn approximately 50 extra calories each day (the number is somewhere between 40 -50 calories a day). This is true even on days in which you don’t workout.
What this means is that if you have more muscle mass, you burn more calories, making it easier for you to achieve a calorie deficit and lose fat. Now, I’m talking about fat, not weight here. When you build more muscle tissue you actually gain the weight of those muscles. However, you will look better because of it because you’ll be toned and firm and not soft and flabby. Again, this is true for women also. You need a lot of muscles to look bulky but only a little extra to burn more calories easier. Check out this article on weight lifting for women myths for more about this.
2. More Muscles Make You Look Better
Let’s face it, you don’t want to lose fat simply to have a lower number on the scale. You want to look sexy. If you want to look hot, being thin is not enough. More muscle mass (within reason), will simply make you look better.
Don’t believe me? take a look at these two pictures below:
Who looks hotter?
Is there really any contest? Both of these guys don’t have a lot of body fat but one looks scrawny and weak while the other looks firm and hot. The difference is in the muscle mass the left one has and the right one doesn’t. The same thing applies to women. A moderate increase in muscle mass will make you look hotter.
This isn’t limited to how you look at the beach. Men and women who have more muscle mass look better in clothes as well. They just sit on them better.
3. More muscles Mean Better Fitness
One of the reasons why you’re training is to develop you physical ability. You’re not looking to gain muscles simply to “have” them, but to actually use them. Being fit simply makes your life easier and more fun. It increases your quality of life. Whether it’s being able to pick up heavy stuff or taking a long walk, or dancing for hours without needing to rest. Being fit make life better.
You want to build functional muscles, without looking bulky, that will make you stronger and fitter. When you train measure your progress by the actual things that you do in the gym and not just by how you look.
For women who want to add lean muscle and still look feminine, I recommend this program: Venus Index. For guys who want to look stronger and hotter without getting too bulky, I recommend this program: Visual Impact Muscle Building.
Gaining muscles will make you look and feel better. Dedicate a great portion of your workout time to do strength training exercises to increase muscle mass on your entire body.