A common fitness misconception! Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound is a pound – both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same. What is the good news about this? Muscle takes up significantly less space.
Muscle is denser and more fibrous in nature. It serves to support and move your entire body. Since dense muscle takes up less space than fat, it is possible you may weight the same yet appear slimmer than another person of the same weight, height and frame because of the difference in body composition.
Adding muscle to your body will not only help your body be stronger, more compact and tighter but regular resistance training can also help prevent the muscle loss that often occurs while losing weight with calorie restriction. Remember, muscle tissue is slightly more metabolically active than fat. That means you can burn anywhere between and estimated 10-15 calories per pound of muscle per day. It is not a huge amount, but every little bit counts!
Then there is fat……Everyone needs an adequate amount of it to stay healthy. A beneficial amount of fat is a good thing! It helps the body function, regulates body temperatures, serves as extra energy storage, produces sex hormones, is a shock absorber for our bones and cushions our organs and tissues. It plays a very important role in our lives.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a body fat percentage of 10-22% for men and 20-32% for women.
What this essentially comes down to is do not put too much stock in the scale alone. Start noticing how your clothes fit and your body composition measurements in addition to the number on the scale. These things combined will truly measure the progress and positive changes that you have created in your body. Paying attention to all these details will also motivate you into maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping up with your regular fitness routine.
Atlas Mens Health Institute
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