myth buster….bummer dude
Raise your hand if you have heard someone say:
“Muscle Weighs More Than Fat.”
Raise your hand if you think this is true.
I hate to bust anyone’s bubble but 1 pound of muscle and 1 pound of fat both weigh 1 pound. Neither weighs more than the other. It is like the old “gotcha joke” of what weighs more 1000 pounds of feathers or a 1000 pounds of bricks? Neither…they are both 1000 pounds.
Same thing with fat and muscle.
I hear people say ALL.THE.TIME. that they are working out but gaining weight but it is okay because muscle weighs more than fat. (said in a sing-song voice)
Um…no…it doesn’t. You are probably gaining weight because you are working out more and due to an increase in hunger aren’t realizing that you are consuming too many calories to create a weight loss.
The difference between muscle and fat is the amount of space they each take up. Meaning if you look at five pounds of muscle and five pounds of fat side by side, the fat takes up more volume, or space, than the muscle. Which explains why two women who both weigh 125 pounds and are the same height can wear two different sizes. One woman’s weight might be made up of more fat causing her to wear a size 6 while the other woman’s weight might be made up of more muscle causing her to wear a size 2.
See the difference?
Muscle is also better because muscle boosts a person’s metabolism, so a pound of muscle will burn more calories at rest than a pound of fat. Even when you’re not exercising — you could be sitting on the couch watching TV — you will be burning more calories just by having more muscle.
So..okay…just wanted to clarify that. For all my friends whose heart I just broke. I’m sorry.
Did you ever legitimately think muscle weighed more than fat?
I’ll admit I used to. I use to say that line all the time in college. HA!