I *think* I remember hearing something about a study that showed just thinking about working out was able to increase muscle mass.. was this true?
That is another question. The power of conviction is known (as said) as placebo/nocebo. Some sportmen have the ability to exercise virtually (activate the motor centres) their muscles but neophytes can't. (but muscle volume doesn't change)Group#1 had to exercise and eat right everyday throughout the experament.
Group#2 Had to *think* about working out, eating right, and losing weight for 45 minutes every day of the experament.,
Group#3 did no physical labor at all
There might be some correlation between sitting around thinking all the time and building mass (via a gut), but *muscle* mass? It seems only logical that for a muscle to build you would need to actually be using the muscles in question, and in fact, they only build because they "push" against resistance supplied by things such as objects or gravity (hence, why you see weight trainers with bigger muscles on average than people who don't train with weights). If gravity wasn't there for example, and you could still think would you be "able" to even build muscle without some form of resistance demanding it? This is why astronauts can't stay out in space for very long periods of time at the present (my limited understanding is that they undergo some sort of muscular atrophy because with gravity absent the body stops building basic muscles because it no longer "feels" the need to). I myself have been sick in periods of my life and bedridden only to wake up a few weeks later feeling ultra weak.I *think* I remember hearing something about a study that showed just thinking about working out was able to increase muscle mass.. was this true?