The Myth; Muscle Weighs Heavier than Fat!
I’ve no doubt if you’re a regular gym goer you’ll have heard the above saying, however that’s not strictly true, as 1 pound of fat still weighs the same as 1 pound of muscle, that’s also true of a pound of bricks weighing the same of a pound of feathers. The difference really is the density.
Muscle is about 18% more dense so therefore occupies less space (volume) than fat. And that’s why I’ve always said don’t get to hung up on the numbers on the scales, because you may be working your butt off in the gym and wondering why your weight has stabilised or in some cases increased as you compact more muscle on your body. The best indicators or markers should therefore be, how are you feeling in yourself (looking leaner, not so bulky, feeling good), and how are those clothes fitting?
Increased muscle mass also has many health advantages, some of which include;
- Create a leaner physique, better posture
- Reduce your risk of injury
- Increase strength, stability, power and endurance
- Improve balance and mobility
- Improve the way you feel about yourself
- Increase energy and vitality
- Improve athletic performance
- Create metabolic reserve in times of traumas such as (car accidents and burns)
- Increase your metabolic efficiency
- Improve insulin sensitivity and improve blood glucose control
So in conclusion, when you have more muscle and less fat, you become firm and will lose inches from places such as your waist, hips, stomach, buttocks thighs etc. Seeing the same numbers on the scales is not always negative. Again, we need to try and set our minds on other indicators of our health and Wellness.