“Muscle out the Fat”

“Here’s a simple biology lesson: The more muscle you build, the easier it is to lose bodyfat. After all, muscle is a highly metabolic tissue that requires a lot of fuel to maintain. The more fuel (calories) you burn, the less bodyfat you’ll have. New research shows just how muscle influences fat-burning. Researchers from the University of Hawaii (Honolulu) genetically built overly muscled mice and found that their fat cells produced higher amounts of mRNA proteins – signaling agents the genes use to build specific proteins – associated with greater fat-burning. This supports what we’ve said for years, but now we better understand how having more muscle directly influences fat cells to stay small.”

Source: Muscle and Fitness, the EDGE. p. 42