Muscle Mass & Weight Control in Regards to Diabetes and Obesity

Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses muscle mass & weight.

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Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, discusses muscle mass & weight.
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Featuring Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

The preservation of muscle mass is critical to control your weight.

One pound of muscle consumes roughly 50 calories per day, and that’s without exerting yourself. That’s sitting on the couch watching the football game. So, six pounds of muscle would be 300 calories a day so that’s roughly a light breakfast.

So, if you undergo and crash diet and you lose six pounds of muscle, you’ve just lost – you have to diet 300 calories a day to break even afterwards. So again, it’s critical not to jeopardize your muscle mass.

So it is important, therefore, that exercise, and thereby maintenance of your muscle mass, is an integral part of any weight reduction strategy for sustainability of that strategy.

It’s important to discuss this with your healthcare providers, your exercise specialist, and address the obesity issue over the long term.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bebb, Endocrinologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

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