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POWER UP

BUILD LEAN MUSCLE

If you want extra energy, muscle up.“In the same way a local power plant produces electricity for an entire city, mitochondria are responsible for the production of energy derived from the breakdown of carbohydrates and fatty acids,” explains nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver, author of (Little Green Frog Publishing, $24.95). You can multiply this – and spike energy – with strength workouts, Weaver adds. “Resistance exercise can induce large increases in muscle mitochondrial content.”

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