Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat
This is one of those common crazy fitness misconceptions you hear all the time when it comes to weight loss and working out: “Muscle weighs more than fat.” Well, Ummmmm.... You know that.... It’s not true. A pound is a pound — both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same. Now, what most are referring to is that one takes up significantly less space.
Think of this: If you have a pound of feathers and a pound of gold, both will weigh the same. But the pound of feathers will take up more space on the scale, right? That’s how muscle and fat compare inside your body.
Muscle, is denser and more fibrous, as it serves to help support and move yo body. Since dense muscle tissue takes up less space than fat, it’s possible you may weigh the same (or even more) yet appear slimmer.
Another bonus to having more muscle is; not only will your body be stronger, more compact and tight like all the instagram famous women people follow, but regular resistance training can also help prevent the muscle loss that often occurs while losing weight with calorie restriction. Muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat. (It’s been estimated that you can burn anywhere between an extra 10–15 calories per pound of muscle per day.) That isn’t a huge amount, but physica tell us the more energy you burn, the less is there to pack around your abs, thighs & arms. Know what I mean jellybean?
Now let's chat about fat. While it usually gets a bad rap, fat is necessary to be healthy. A beneficial amount of body fat is a good thing. Fat is the basic energy burned for many of our body functions. Examples: It regulates body temperature, serves as our primary source of energy, Is in charge of sex hormones & acts as a shock absorber for our bones and even cushions our organs and tissues.
What’s a healthy body fat range to aim for? The general consensus recommends a body fat percentage of 10–22% for men, and 20–32% for women. remember this is a generalization. TBH as I've worked with clients through the years, I've come across how important fat and hormones are for a functioning body.
The takeaway here? Don’t put too much hope in your scale weight alone. Pay attention to how your clothes fit and your body composition measurements in addition to your weight in order to truly measure the progress and positive changes you are creating in your body with your awesome eating habits and regular intense movement.
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