Have you ever walked into a gym, or consulted with a personal trainer and they’ve told you that added muscle will burn more calories. (this is true) However, did they go further to make the oft-repeated claim that every pound of muscle will burn 50 calories a day? Often times, they will then break out their calculator and quickly show you that if you work with them, and gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will be burning an extra 500 calories a day! Sounds too good to be true….and it is.
The fact of the matter is that a pound of muscle will typically burn an extra 6 calories. While this is world’s better than the 2 calories a day burned by a pound of fat, it isn’t exactly what corporate trainers and “fitness professionals” have been pushing all these years.
Think about it for a second…A world-class body builder with roughly 175 pounds of muscle would be burning 8,750 calories simply from his muscle weight ALONE! This doesn’t take into account calories burned from exercise. In order to keep his muscle, this body builder would have to be eating roughly 12,000 calories a day…every day. Now can you see the illusion displayed by this overused myth?