Why Putting on Muscle is Essential for Staying Lean

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: putting on muscle is an essential way to stay lean.

I’ve heard from many different people in many different ways the same questions, “I don’t want to put on muscle I just want to look tone.”

*Tisk Tisk*

Those goals are one in the same you ding-dong! (Please forgive the profanity, I’ll have to work on that).

Here’s why putting on muscle is so ESSENTIAL for staying lean.


Training to put on muscle not only helps you lean-out due to the lifting, but also because muscles require more fuel. When lifting, you should always be challenging yourself for either endurance or in strength. Both aspects require enhanced muscles and lifting habits to ensure great quality lifts.

So what does all of this have to do with lifting?

 More Muscles Requires More Fuel

That’s right, more muscle requires more fuel to operate. It’s simple science.

When you’re body has more muscle, it is requiring constant consumption of fat and other nutrient storage to provide adequate fuel throughout the day. The more muscle you put on, the more calories that your body has to burn to provide enough energy. All of this in turn forces your body to have a faster metabolism than normal to keep up with the proper energy output.

Are you with me so far?

Does This Mean I’ll Get Lean Super Quick?


Yes, putting on more muscle helps the body maintain a faster than normal metabolism.

Yes, this means the body will be burning more fat than usual.

No, this does not mean you will be lean extremely fast.

Just like how it takes time to put on muscle, it also takes time to build up a faster metabolism. The person training to become leaner must consistently work hard to put on the valuable muscle and must consistently maintain a proper diet. This will ensure that leaning has the greatest opportunity to work, while at the same time you’re putting on great muscle in the process.

Also, it’s also important to note that there is no cheat code to getting quick results. Putting in the hard work and consistency in and out of the gym is the golden key to any success. Looking for shortcuts isn’t the answer.


Leaning out is tough, especially if you’re not really sure how to start. Even though there is no shortcut or cheat code for leaning out really quickly, putting on muscle is the smartest and more long-term solution for staying lean. The best way to do this is find a training program that works best for you, find a great meal plan, and consistently hit the weights.

So do your research, get prepared, and get lifting!

Why Putting on Muscle is Essential for Staying Lean
Gotta lift to stay lean!

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