Why women need more, and not less muscle
By NINA ODONGO |
6 months ago
Many women are afraid of developing muscles for fear of being seen as manly. But, fact is, everyone has muscles, some smaller than others, but if you want to maintain your health, you need to maintain and build your body muscle mass.
More muscle also means:
- You look leaner
Fat occupies more space so you will look different at the same weight if you carry more fat vs if you have more muscle.
- You burn more calories at rest
The less muscle you have, the lower your Base Metabolic Rate (BMR) aka the calories you burn at rest. A reduced BMR is why many dieters find themselves on a vicious cycle of calorie restriction and over exercising followed by weight gain as soon as they start eating normally.
- You are stronger and have improved quality of life
The more muscle you build, the better you are able to retain your strength. This means that it gets easier to do simple things like climbing the stairs or carrying groceries.
Anything over 30 per cent body fat is considered obese, and for most women, a body fat percentage of about 24 per cent is considered healthy and sustainable.
Body recomposition means reducing the amount of fat on your body while increasing the amount of muscle.
To burn fat, you must eat at a slight calorie deficit, however to build muscle it is ideal to eat at a calorie surplus. So how then is it possible to do both concurrently?
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