First and foremost sorry if this is being posted in the wrong section, I wasn’t able to post anywhere else.
I have been training for 3 months and what every expert says is “Build muscle and that will aid with fat loss. For every pound of muscle you gain your body needs to burn and extra 50 calories to maintain it”.
That sounds good in theory, however something is wrong with that math. Three months ago when I started training I was at 180 pounds with about 24% body fat. Three months later I am at 170 pounds with 12% body fat.
That suggests I lost about 21 pounds of fat and gained about 10 pounds of muscle. That would mean that my body burns about 500 more calories a day then it did 3 months ago. Since one pound of fat equals 3500 calories that would mean that if I never change my diet and maintain my muscle, I would burn one pound of fat a week (and yes I do realize that not all of that 500 calories being burned a day equates to burning straight fat cells).
However everyone knows that as you lose more fat, it only gets harder to get down to the next percentage point, not easier.
My main point is that as you lose weight and gain muscle, it becomes harder to lose those last few pounds and that is the exact opposite idea of the gain more muscle theory. What am I missing?