Discover the shocking secret of muscle loss in adults. How much will YOU lose this year?
8 ounces. It sure doesn't sound much. Yet behind this almost insignificant number lies a dark and deadly secret.
You see, during the course of one year, an average-sized adult will typically lose this same amount of muscle.
But what makes this number so deadly?
Well, it just so happens this half-pound of lost lean tissue holds the secret to gaining body fat.
We have the late Gilbert Forbes, MD, to thank for these frightening figures.
The doctor researched disuse
atrophy (when muscles shrink or waste away) in the 1970s, and discovered
how average men and women between the ages of 20 and 50 who do not
perform consistent heavy exercise (like weight training) lose half a
pound of muscle per year.
These startling numbers were later backed up by scientists at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at Tufts University. Using the latest whizz-bang body-composition technology, they revealed Dr. Forbes was right: the average adult can expect to lose half a pound of muscle per year of their life.
If half a pound doesn't sound much, you would be right. It's tiny. And these 8 ounces sound even less when you spread them out over 365 days...
In twelve months, you are left with two hundredths of an ounce per day - a truly insignificant amount.
To help you picture what this miniscule figure looks like, imagine standing fully-clothed on your bathroom scales. In your trousers is a paperclip and you take it from your pocket and flick the clip away from you.
What do you think will happen to your bathroom scales now? Will the figure change on the dial? Of course not.
Such an insignificant weight loss simply won't register...
...and yet, the amount of muscle you lose every day weighs LESS than a humble paper clip.
But that's so small! Right?
Yes, it is.
Yet after 10 years, those paperclips now weigh 5 pounds. Fast forward 20 years and suddenly those paperclips weigh 10 pounds.
And here is where things get alarming:
Do you see what happened by fast forwarding into the future? Those lost 10 pounds of muscle now equal 2590 calories per week - or approximately, a full day's food for an average-sized male!
Now do you realize how such a small number can be so deadly?
And the really frightening part is, this muscle loss happens so slowly that no one seems to notice until it is too late.