Muscle has a much greater density than fat. This means that it takes up much less volume than an equal amount of fat. This explains why it’s possible to get visibly slimmer without dropping in weight.
So that brings us to the age old question: Does muscle weigh more than fat? The answer is no… A pound in a pound no matter what. Whether you are comparing a pound of feathers to a pound of rocks. They are going to weigh the same. The only difference is that you are going to need a lot of feathers to equal a pound of rocks. It’s the same principle for fat vs muscle. A pound of fat occupies up to four times more space than a pound of muscle tissue.
That being said, it is possible to weigh the same, but to look and feel slimmer just like it is possible to weigh the same but look and feel a little flabbier. This means that the body’s muscle mass is decreasing. We do not want that! It is important to maintain your lean muscle mass. So, please ensure that you are fueling your body with the necessary adequate amount of protein. A good way to estimate the amount of protein that your body requires per day is by taking your lean body mass and dividing it by two. This total will give you the approximate amount of grams of protein that your body requires per day in order to maintain your muscle mass.
This explains why someone who recently joined a gym in hopes of shedding a few pounds may get discouraged. You see, while the actual number on the scale may not have decreased, the ratio of muscle to fat may be increasing. Always focus on measurements results before scale results! You may be surprised…
Now that we can agree that muscle does not weigh more than fat, it is important to note that too much body fat is directly related to serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, also known as the metabolic syndrome or syndrome X. It is also important to note that not enough fat could also have a negative impact on your health. Whether your body does not have enough fat or too much fat, sooner or later you will be faced with serious health risks! Do not ignore the warning signs.
A good balance of both muscle and fat in the body is crucial to maintaining a healthier & active lifestyle.