Burning Fat vs. Muscle Loss

By Dr. Rick Tague

Any number of fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss. A pound of body fat has 3,500 calories. On average, women tend to burn about 1,800 calories per day, men about 2,800. If you’re dieting on your own, it’s recommended you lose no more than a pound or two a week; someone who is significantly overweight and on a medically supervised program might lose three to four pounds a week, depending on gender. If you’re losing more weight a week than that, odds are good you’re losing not just fat but muscle. YOU DON’T WANT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS TO BE FROM MUSCLE! Muscle is one of the most metabolically active tissues in your body! Studies show diets with higher protein and reduced carbohydrates enhance weight loss due to a higher loss of body fat and reduced loss of muscle. Dr. Tague’s Nutrition Solutions program addresses this key to weight loss by using high quality meal replacements that control protein content and content of other vital nutrients that affect the metabolism and energy level of dieters.

Dr. Tague’s high quality meal replacements are made up of essential (mandatory) and nonessential amino acids. The term ‘essential’ means our body cannot manufacture them, therefore they absolutely must be supplied in the diet or deficiencies will result. Nutrient deficiencies always compromise body structures such as muscle which will ultimately damage your metabolism. Studies have shown that a well-balanced amino acid mixture produces a higher thermogenic response (i.e. your metabolism gets faster) because it results in muscle growth.

Research also shows that protein is very beneficial to bone health and strength. A relatively high protein intake is associated with increased bone density and a reduced risk of bone fractures. Protein intake also increases calcium absorption by making it more absorbable.

So, protein promotes strong muscles, strong bones, and a faster metabolism. It is essential to maintain adequate protein intake while dieting. Dr. Tague’s Nutrition Solutions Program will help you use a combination of meal replacements designed to help protect your muscle and lose that stubborn fat. Call us today and let us help you get on track toward achieving and maintaining optimal weight and metabolic health!

Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M. is a nutrition & weight loss specialist and the Founder & Medical Director of the Center for Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, P.A.

Dr. Tague is an Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Tulane. Dr. Tague is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. His medical practice has focused on optimum health, nutrition, and weight loss since 1996.

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One thought on “Burning Fat vs. Muscle Loss

  1. This article is full of good information about diet that clears up many misunderstandings about losing weight or gaining weight. Definately atrophy is the nemesis. If you loose muscle mass, your bmi will decrease, meaning you will burn less calories during the day. So, you must eat even less to lose weight. And so, on and on. Thanks for the good info.