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It is great that you have been making the effort by regularly going to the gym or working out, however this does NOT give you licence to up the calories and indulge even more than before.
Many people are unaware that consuming 3,500 calories a week over and above your body’s requirements will equate to gaining 1lb of fat per week. This also means that the reverse is true and that a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day less than your body requires means you lose 1lb of body fat a week.
Hopefully after you read this it should help you get on track, ready to pound the pavement, weight train or stretch your socks off. Whatever you do it all helps. Always remember to stay focused and try to find a goal, so print this and stick it up somewhere you can see it for extra motivation when you’re feeling off target.
Primarily, and obviously, by building muscle you will become physically stronger. Daily chores will be much easier; lifting your children, the shopping, gardening or carrying things up and down stairs, whilst other sports will require less effort.
Weight training helps to give your body shape and definition. By looking and feeling toned, instead of floppy and sagging, you feel better and sexier, boosting your self confidence.
Importantly the increase in muscle mass has another benefit by increasing your resting metabolism. Generally speaking, each pound of muscle you gain helps you burn another 35-50 calories per day. So even when you aren’t working out, you are burning more calories, helping you lose fat faster.