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The importance of Sleep on muscle gain.

Does sleep have any effect on your muscles?

Our Sports Scientists hear all the time from clients that their sleeping patterns are poor. Late nights out, working late, mind racing when your head hits the pillow etc. Can you relate?

It is very well known and documented that sleep plays a crucial part of humans’ general health and wellbeing. However, does sleep have any effect on muscle gain, retention or loss? Let’s dig deep and find out!

A number of studies have identified the importance of sleep on human hormonal balancing. When we sleep, our body releases anabolic hormones such as Testosterone & IGF-1 to aid the body in the recovery process. When sleep is insufficient, the release of these hormones is reduced which may lower the bodies’ ability to repair muscle or thus build muscle. So if you are doing regular strength training, but your sleep is compromised you could end up not getting those gains!

Studies have also shown that sleep is vital to make sure we don’t experience muscle atrophy (muscle break down). Lack of sleep will elevate hormones in our body, specifically CORTISOL. Cortisol is a stress hormone and when its elevated it has the effect of breaking down muscle tissue. This hormone is very Catabolic and reduces the rate of protein synthesis and inhibits muscle tissue growth.

So Elevated Cortisol = harder to gain muscle!!!

To reap the rewards of our hard work in the gym, you must get your sleep right.

The time in which we sleep directly influences cortisol levels as well! A number of studies have identified that individuals who slept during the day could not significantly reduce Cortisol levels when compared to people who slept during “regular” night hours. The conclusion of these studies stated that there is a direct correlation to cortisol secretion and our bodies natural clock (Circadian Rhythm) and it seems that catching up sleep the next day might not offset a bad night’s sleep.

To summarise, sleep plays a HUGE role in the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. LACK of sleep will contribute to breaking down your hard earned muscle! Sleep provides a state of recovery and repair for the body, allowing the “good” anabolic hormones to be secreted into the bloodstream and reducing the release of “bad” catabolic hormones.

Put your sleeping habits to the test with a DEXA scan and our experts will provide you with the advice you need to get to your goals!

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Can you convert Fat into Muscle?

Fat into Muscle.  Myth or fact?

When a client says they want to turn their fat into muscle what they are really saying is that they want to lose fat and gain muscle!

Now, there are really two goals in that sentence;

1. Reduce fat

2. Gain muscle.
This is a great goal and losing fat and gaining muscle is the fastest way to improve your body composition. But can it be done at the same time? Well the question is what you need to do to:

1. Loose fat

2. Gain muscle

To lose fat, you need to be in a caloric deficit.

For muscle gain, you need to be in a caloric surplus.

Weight gain or weight loss is essentially calories in vs calories out. When we burn more than what we consume, we lose weight & when we consume more than what we burn, we gain weight!

So you can see that these two goals are in opposition to each other and after 7,500 DEXA scans we know that for long-term body composition changes it is best to lose fat first and then build muscle! So how many calories do I need to be consuming to lose fat, and how many calories do I need to gain muscle? Well, this is a very individualised and person-specific question.

Factors that affect your ability to lose fat and to gain muscle, include:

  • your age
  • amount of lean tissue mass
  • hormonal profile
  • gut health
  • visceral fat levels
  • current fitness levels and
  • your gender

The most accurate and reliable method to understand your metabolism is with a “Metabolic test”. This test takes the guesswork out! It measures your metabolism accurately, based on where you are at today! It’s quick and easy and the results are given to you on the spot.
To summarise. You cannot directly convert fat into muscle (or muscle to fat) and the best way to improve your body composition is to know exactly how many calories to eat for fat loss and how many calories to eat for muscle gain. The best way to know this is to come in and get a metabolic test, and have your results explained with one of our sports scientists at Body Measure.

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Body Measure Dexa Scanner explained on Channel Seven’s “Bringing Sexy Back”

Bringing Sexy Back has broken the mould on the misinformed belief that weight loss is the key to health. The reality is that fat loss, not weight loss is the best measure of a person’s health improvement.

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In order to measure this, Bringing Sexy Back chose the most advanced DEXA Scanner in the world, the Medix DR supplied by InMed Pty Ltd, the same one used at Body Measure.

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Our DEXA or Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, uses a very small amount of X-Ray, less than 1/30 of normal daily background radiation, to differentiate and quantify tissue and bone based on their densities.

In other words, if you had 30 Dexa Scans back to back (which would take 2.5 hrs) you would receive the same radiation as a day at Bondi Beach!

Using high resolution digital detectors, the machine scans in overlapping sweeps to create a very detailed image of a person’s body composition.

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The images produce show the bone, fat mass and lean mass, and the total body composition in percentages. The composition image provides the greatest detail of fat and lean distribution through an individual.

Fat is shown with colour ranges of red (highest density and concentration of fat) through to a very pale yellow (lowest density and concentration of fat).

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The superior resolution of the Medix DR system allows every pixel of fat through multiple depths to be visualised rather than just “painting” entire regions and averaging results like other systems. In fact, our Body Measure DEXA Scanner has twice as many detectors than any other DEXA Scanner available in the World, giving it unparalleled accuracy.

A particular advantage of DEXA is its ability to determine and monitor changes in body fat percentage, muscle mass and bone density. This technology has an enormous scope of conditions or which it can be applied.

Such examples include: bone mineral density screening for osteoporosis, muscle loss screening and, as used on “Bringing Sexy Back”, body fat screening which has the potential to revolutionise the way we look at weight and fat loss.

The clients od Body Measure love it because it gives them a base line from which to compare how exercise and nutrition affects their bodies.

Many times with our clients certain nutritional and exercise regimes are not effective for their unique bodies. We will often see a lot of muscle loss, rather than fat loss after a 3 or 4 week campaign. With this information gained from the worlds most accurate DEXA Scanner one can manipulate their exercise and nutrition protocols to promote fat loss and muscle building. This is what makes DEXA Scans so effective and efficient when it comes to changing ones body composition.

Reduction in fat mass decreases the risk of heart disease, of type 2 diabetes and other health issues related to obesity.

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Weight loss without fat loss does not have the same impact. Never before has this superior technology been readily available to the general public, to ensure that they are losing fat and not muscle.