To improve your health, and burn more calories it is important to build Lean Muscle Mass. Muscle will burn 30 to 50 calories, while fat burns only 5–7 calories. You can build lean muscle mass with your diet, by eating healthy protein, and the right blend of carbs, or by drinking the Vi-Shape® Nutritional Shake Mix! Exercise is also good at helping build lean muscle mass. In the U.S., 62% of all adults get no physical activity. Simple walking will help you burn fat, build muscle, and feel great.
We recommend that you weigh yourself only once per week. Normal fluctuations and changes in your diet may provide mixed messages if you weigh yourself each day. Don’t get discouraged if some weeks you seem to lose less. Think about each ¼ pound lost as a stick of butter! Imagine that coming off your hips or thighs. Do that each week and in 1 month it will be a pound of fat gone!
Muscle takes up much less space on your body than does fat. One pound of fat is about the size of a large grapefruit. Yet one pound of muscle is about the size of a small tangerine. Some dieters get discouraged when they don’t see the scale going down, but they should not worry! If your dress size is shrinking, and your weight is not shrinking as fast on the scale…good! That means you are building lean muscle, which will help your body function better and help you feel better.
And for more incentive, six pounds of fat lost is like losing a basketball. A little weight loss can make a big difference in how you look and feel. And if you feel younger, you are! Being overweight or obese is like adding 20 years to your life. If you are obese at 40, your body is struggling as if you were much older.
So don’t focus just on weight on the scale. Look at how your clothes are fitting. Take a measurement each week of your bust/hips/waist. Track your results and celebrate! You are taking control of your life and of your health. And to boost your weight loss results, and build lean muscle faster, begin an exercise program.
The National Academy of Sciences recommends 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. Walking is a great calorie burner. So get moving!