Wait… why are we cheering for testosterone? We ladies are really confused. Why do we want testosterone for us?
“Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts want to increase the levels of this hormone within their body due to the muscle building and fat burning effects it has on the body.” (Muscle Legion)
The answer is in a question: Do you want to be a lean, mean, fat-burning machine?
If you have been putting into practice this week’s tips on exercise, then a lean, mean, fat-burning machine is what you’ll be… and testosterone is helping you get there! Weird, isn’t it?
“Ever wonder how, why, and where the flat stomach, thin thighs, and slim hips of your youth disappeared beneath a blanket of fat? There are a number of metabolic mechanisms known to influence body composition outcome. Lean and fat mass are remarkably dependent upon two hormones. Age-induced decreases of human Growth Hormone[hGH] and Testosterone increase adipose tissue storage rate in both the abdomen and hips.” (Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D. – American Fitness Professionals & Associates)
As testosterone levels decrease, "there are signs of aging such as a decrease in muscle mass and muscle strength, cognitive decline, a decrease in bone mass, and an increase in (abdominal) fat mass.” A study showed that with an increase in testosterone, there was an increase in lean body mass and a decrease in fat mass. (Medscape Medical News 2008)
Which would we rather be: looking younger and leaner with less fat, or looking older and less fit?
We know why we want shorter exercise routines, but why do we want lean muscle? "Any form of exercise that promotes lean muscle tissue would be beneficial, as having more lean muscle tissue promotes strength, vitality and a faster metabolism. Short intense bursts of exercise have proven to build more lean muscle than long aerobic/endurance workouts lasting for more than 25 minutes." (Natural News)
Maximized Living’s 5 Essentials of healthy living layout how and why to have a lean body. “Exercise allows your body to take in higher levels of oxygen and creates lean muscle that keeps both your body and mind healthy. Studies have shown that exercise consistently matches or exceeds the benefits of antidepressants. This is your opportunity to decrease fat and increase lean muscle tissue.”
The Fat Burning Effect of Muscle chart shows “every pound of new muscle you add to your body will burn about 60 calories per day.”
Dr. Al Sears teaches that his PACE exercise technique “trains your body to store energy in your muscles instead of storing it as fat, making you lean, and keeping you that way.”
As we mentioned earlier this week, long-duration exercise causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, and that “tears down muscle tissue and decreases testosterone.” (Michael Greeves)
Maximized Living describes their Essential #4 of Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle, when relating to high-intensity workouts like their MaxT3: “This exercise system elicits a very unique hormonal response in the body and ultimately it is your hormones that influence your metabolism. This type of exercise is called “metabolic conditioning.” Metabolic conditioning is characterized by short bursts of high intensity exercise. Therefore, in just minutes a day you can build muscle and burn fat like never before. ”
So, keep up the short bursts of exercise to keep the cells healthy with oxygen (NO EXCUSES!), and to look younger and to burn the fat! Are you convinced yet that it is simple? Have a great weekend getting started!
PS~Ladies, if you're afraid of muscles or developing a build like a guy, read these articles:
But I Don't Want Muscles! - Part 1
But I Don't Want Muscles! - Part 2
I’m excited for an upcoming post that will explain how good fats,
such as coconut oil,
can also help with your metabolism to get you the lean-muscle-look we’re going for.