The Skinny on the “Muscle Weighs More than Fat” Theory

You may have heard that muscle weighs more than fat; this unfortunately is not the case. Think of it like this, does a pound of bricks weigh more than a pound of feathers? NO, they weigh the same! The same goes with muscle and fat; five pounds of muscle weighs the same as five pounds of fat.

But there’s good news! Take a look at the picture at the bottom of the page. As you can see, the fat is much bulkier than the lean muscle. Each weigh five pounds; however, the fat takes up a lot more space in your body. Muscle tissue is lean and more metabolically active than fat, which helps you burn more calories at rest. The more muscle you have, the more you may need to eat; but choosing the right foods is the key to fat loss.

Theory #2: “I will look bulky if I gain muscle.” This is also FALSE! When engaging in weight baring workouts, many are fearful of looking bulkier once they put on more muscle. Let these pictures do all the talking. More muscle doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to look bigger. With the proper mix of exercise, good nutrition and rest you can become stronger and leaner than ever!



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