CrossFit veteran Brian gets some with our new “Monster Box” . . . and laughs at it’s massive 30 inch height.
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“So long as the energy deficit is the same, body weight, fat weight, and abdominal fat will all decrease in the same way.”
“The distribution of the fat on the body was not altered by either approach — helping prove that there is no such thing as “spot reducing,” Ravussin said in a telephone interview.”
Great statements, then this one:
“Ravussin has published other studies that also dispute the idea that exercise builds muscle that helps people lose weight.”
“If anything, highly trained people are highly efficient, so they burn fewer calories at rest,” Ravussin said.
While I might agree that having more muscle doesn’t necessarily mean you will burn more calories while “resting”, I do know that there is evidence that having more muscle mass and lower body fat makes burning fat easier. Maybe it is because it takes more energy to move ‘larger’ muscles. Maybe it is because the muscles that have been ‘challenged’ and are in a state of repair take more energy to heal. I am not sure.
The gist is that a calorie is a calorie. If you want to live longer, you have to eat less and exercise more. -jj