Why your muscles are important for weight loss

Many of us are only looking at the number on the scale and forgetting how valuable muscle mass is to our overall well being and looks. One reason is that muscles burn calories for you. Wouldn’t you agree that is a really good thing to have?

Also, we all want to look lean and strong. We don’t want to lose a bunch of weight and end up looking soft and weak. Instead of wearing Spanx to look flawless in our dresses, with some muscle definition, the same look can be achieved minus the feeling of suffocation and discomfort.

Keeping active and making sure you are having adequate amount of protein in your diet are crucial factors in maintaining your muscle mass so to look and feel amazing!

Now, we are not talking about going to the gym and bulking up like the Hulk….unless you want to!   What we are saying is ensuring you are keeping somewhat active to keep your muscles engaged. You can do this by going to the gym or playing sports or as simple as going for walks, doing some yoga, or even gardening.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. However, always be mindful of your limitations when engaging in any activity.

Next is to be aware of the amount of protein in your diet. How much protein should you have daily? That’s a really good question. The answer depends on a few factors, such as your health condition and your level of activity. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have some protein with each meal of the size of deck of cards. For example, you can have chicken, beef, fish, turkey, eggs, legumes, or tofu.

Remember if you lose weight without miniating your muscle mass, your metabolism will drop and it becomes very difficult to lose weight or even maintain you the weight loss that you have worked so hard to achieve.

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