Admittedly, many people only want to pack on lean mass for superficial reasons. As it turns out, bulking up can provide many more benefits than just simply “looking good”.
Increasing the amount of muscle mass on your body provides a whole host of benefits – and one of the most commonly known benefits to more muscle on your body is that it increases your metabolic rate. The more muscle you build, the more your metabolism skyrockets and this makes building muscle one of the most effective ways to burn fat. Muscles also make you stronger, which can help with just about any area of your life – from doing household chores, to kicking a soccer ball further, to hitting a baseball further and so on.
But a new study done by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that increasing the amount of muscle on your body can decrease your diabetes risk as well. The study took a look at date from 13,644 adults and concluded that a 10% increase in skeletal muscle in the test subjects resulted in an 11% decrease in insulin resistance and a 12% decrease in a pre-diabetes risk.
Dr. Preethi Srikanthan, lead researcher of the study, quoted:
“Our findings suggest that beyond improving metabolic rate and simply improving a person’s physique, building additional muscle mass can have a positive effect on a person’s risk factors for developing diabetes as well. This is a welcome message for anybody who struggles to drop body fat or suffers from pre-diabetes, since simply increasing the amount of muscle on their body can lower their diabetes risk significantly and decrease overall body fat levels.”
Well, there you have it. Although some more research will need to be done to further conclude Dr. Srikanthan’s findings, we can infer from this single study that lifting weights and building additional muscle mass can definitely result in a decrease in body fat and a decreased risk in diabetes. So if you haven’t already, get your butt off the couch and start lifting some serious iron! Don’t be a girl about it either – get in the gym and start weightlifting as hard as you can!