1. Better glucose disposal. High blood sugar levels from a diet high in refined carbohydrates (such as sugar or bread) will result in high levels of glucose in the blood. This is dangerous because glucose is so inflammatory and it damages our body. Increased muscle means decreased glucose in the blood and thus, decreased risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.
2. Glutamine reserve. Glutamine is an amino acid, part of protein. High sources are found in meat and fish. Glutamine repairs and restores organ function. Muscle stores glutamine so a healthy level of muscle will increase glutamine available for our immune system, for healthy gut function and for repair for all body systems.
3. Metabolic rate. Muscle burns fat. The more muscle we have, the higher our metabolic rate. This is very important in long term weight control.
4. Mobility. Picture yourself in twenty, thirty, forty years time. If you gain good muscle mass now, you will decrease many risks of hospital visits because that muscle will help with coordination and movement, decreasing falls. Do you want to walk by yourself, unaided and maintain a good level of independence for a long time? Then you need to be working on your muscles via weight training and a healthy diet ... today!
Get your muscle on!
Yours in health