# 1 Dieting lowers metabolism
- According to a large review study, by about 5.8 calories per day, for each pound lost (7).
- If you were to lose 50 pounds your body would end up burning 290.5 fewer calories per day.
- Some studies show it could even be more than that.
#2 Strength training is by far the best way to counteract this lowering of metabolism
- Even without dieting, inactive adults lose about 3% to 8% of muscle mass per decade, lowering metabolism
- This loss is increased not only with dieting, but with bed rest (starts within 24 hour)s and certain other medical conditions
- Ten weeks of strength training can increase resting metabolic rate by 7% or more!
- Cardiovascular exercise is not as effective as strength training for preserving metabolism (we need both types of exercise).
- Strength training also has many great “side effects”
- Improved ability to do daily activities, walking speed, and self-esteem.
- Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and bone loss (with studies showing 1% to 3% increase in bone mineral density)
- Reduced low back pain and easing discomfort associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia
Keep Moving, Be Well
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