(For Tip #1, see yesterday’s post.)
The Centers for Disease Control recommends working all of your body’s larger muscle groups a minimum of 2 times per week. This is a minimum. For increased fat and weight loss, you must step it up a bit: try 3-4 days.
Muscle burns calories at rest—25% more calories than fat. Muscle also uses fat as its preferential fuel source along with glycogen (stored carbs), especially when you are engaging in cardiovascular activity. The more muscle definition you have, the more calories and fat you will burn while doing aerobic workouts and while sitting, standing, and even sleeping! Studies have shown that resistance training and aerobic activity together increase GH (growth hormone) levels, helping to burn more fat and to improve skin elasticity.