Before we really get into it, we want to make it clear that weight loss as a goal isn’t necessarily for everyone.
Building muscle might have you looking and feeling fitter and more toned, but those changes may not be so obvious when you hop on the scale. That’s because muscle is denser than fat, and one pound of fat takes up about four times as much space as muscle.
Basically, we have a bigger engine that needs more fuel. More challenging workouts will have a greater impact on your metabolism, which helps you burn more fat during and after exercise.
At the end of the day, you still have to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight, and even though building muscle can help keep that up long-term, it’s still important to chip away at calories on a day-to-day basis.
For anyone who has a history of disordered eating, even if you’re in recovery, you should speak with a doctor before you pursue any weight-loss goal and make sure you’re pursuing weight loss in a healthy way.