Muscle will help you burn fat
Muscle is important because it helps increase the rate of metabolism. “By just doing cardio, you burn calories and fat, but it only happens at the point of workout. The moment you stop, the body does not burn any more fat or calories,” says Leon Weche, a fitness trainer and nutritionist at Trojan Health and Fitness Centre. “Muscles require food to be alive, so even if you are not eating a lot of food, the body will use its adipose tissues to feed the muscles. Consequently, you will continue to burn calories and fat even at rest after a weight training session. This effect, known as the after burn, ensures you continue burning calories even in your sleep,” he says.