The less muscle you have, the fewer calories you can eat. That's because muscle burns calories around the clock, says Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., author of Strong Women Stay Slim. So, someone who's strong will use up more calories just breathing than someone who's weak. And the more you burn up, the more you can eat without gaining - up to a point, of course.
A study conducted at Tufts University in Boston found that sedentary women who replaced three pounds of fat with muscle by doing weight training two times a week for a year boosted their metabolism by about 15 percent, which translates into a nice 200 to 300 extra calories a day.
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