I wrote this same post for Curves of Jonesboro today so I’m sorry if you’re seeing it twice!
How many times have you told someone, “Muscle weighs more than fat!”? How many times have you been told that you are wrong? Well, you are. Here’s why:
When I hear people say this, I always think about my dad playing tricks on me. He would ask, “Allie, which weighs more a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?” I of course would always say that the bricks obviously weigh more! He would just laugh at me. It took me 13 years before I realized that a pound is a pound regardless of the material. A pound of muscle is a pound. A pound of fat is a pound.
This is a pound of fat and a pound of muscle:
A lot of times when members weigh and measure they will see that their weight remains the same even though they’re been working out. I’ve heard this before: “I gained three pounds and I’ve been working out.” The good-friend response is, “It’s all muscle.” And while this is a very comforting thing to hear, it’s just impossible to gain three pounds of muscle in a week. It is common for exercisers to lose fat and gain muscle without a change in body weight, so I understand why people often get frustrated.
Muscle does not weigh more and it is not bad!
So why can you weigh more, but you are still toned? A-ha! Muscle is a denser tissue and thus takes up less room than an equal weight of fat. That’s why it’s possible to lose inches but show no changes in scale weight. Having more muscle means you have a more desirable body composition, or fat-to-muscle ratio. You may still weigh the same, but your body will look different, smaller, better and tighter. Though it may take you a few weeks to see measurable changes, you begin to put on muscle and burn calories from the moment you start exercising.
Some people think strength training will make them bulk up, but that only happens if you use too much weight. At Curves, we use hydraulic resistance, so the only weight you’re lifting is the resistance you create with your movement.
But why should you worry about building muscle? Six words: Lean muscle mass is metabolically active. It burns calories simply by existing. The more you have, the more calories you burn even when you aren’t working out. Pretty amazing, huh?
The best way to achieve this is to build lean muscle mass and burn fat. This happens by blasting fat with cardio and building lean muscle mass with strength training. A quick way to combine the two is circuit training!
Next time you hear someone say that muscle weighs more fat, impress them with your knowledge! You don’t even have to tell them that you heard it from me!