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Muscles

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High protein diets are good for muscle build-up, yes. Bodybuilders eat high protein diets for instance.

Strength training should always be part of a fitness regime; cardio alone is pointless and if you're a member of a gym they would normally advise a program which combines cardio and strength.

The reason for building muscle is simple; 1lb of muscle burns 50 calories a day - more than any other type of body tissue. Studies suggest that strength training can boost your metabolic rate by up to 15%

DON'T FORGET THOUGH that muscle weighs more than fat so if you DO start strength training you'll see your body changing BUT you may not see the scales moving as much.
 
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I do resistance training as part of my daily gym routine. When I began, I started light and did 3x12 reps with about a minute rest between. Don't be scared of doing free weights for your arms and lunges/squats too as they can be more effective than the machines.

I quickly noticed a difference with my arms (ok, bingo wings!), and guess my stomach muscles are still hiding under my spare tyre...!!!
 


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