Jan 13, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
Check it out:
tanktop saidThey say:
"Jack Wilmore, an exercise physiologist at Texas A & M University, calculated that the average amount of muscle that men gained after a serious 12-week weight-lifting program was 2 kilograms, or 4.4 pounds. That added muscle would increase the metabolic rate by only 24 calories a day."
First, 12 weeks is pretty pitiful. How about over 5 years? Second, 4.4 pounds of muscle, repeated for a year, would be about 17 pounds of muscle, and about 100 calories a day, NOT COUNTING the amount spent exercising. Riding a bike 30 minutes at a moderate clip would add 200 more, and lifting probably about the same. So that's around 500 a day on days you work out.
As for the claim that the muscle gains are "miniscule compared to the amount of skeletal muscle," well they must not be doing squats and dead lifts.
It seems like all the studies are either of people who try a little bit (like 12 weeks), and then expect big results, or of people who go all out, and expect there to be no negative effects. Where's a study of someone doing an intensive but reasonable program of weights and cardio over 5 years?
GQjock saidI can just see waves of moderately obese people lookign for an excuse not to exercise clippin' this article out along with a coupon for a bag of potato chips