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Lead Is Heavier Than Styrofoam.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

If someone said "Lead is heavier than styrofoam" to you, you'd just accept it and move on, right?

Why then, are so many folks compelled to correct someone when they say "muscle is heavier than fat"? Usually in the context of why they're gaining instead of losing weight when they start a strength training regimen.

C'mon, you know what they mean. Everyone here knows a pound is a pound, it's just easier to speak like a normal person and say "muscle is heavier than fat" than go into a verbal pretzel explaining how mass, volume and weight correlate.

"Oh you may be gaining weight because, by volume and mass - muscle, will be proportionately heavier than the same mass of fat. Since you are losing fat mass and gaining muscle mass, you may be increasing in weight, due to the inverse weight distribution of the two masses, i.e. fat mass and muscle mass."

Or you could simply say, "Dude, muscle is heavier than fat and you're losing fat and gaining muscle".

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Donning my flame-proof underwear as I type.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NINJA_SMOO 5/10/2013 10:36AM

  Hahaha! I think I've had this exact conversation at least 8 times. Thanks for the blog!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/10/2013 10:20AM

    Yes, there are nudniks everywhere!

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    Great thoughts

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CM_GARDNER78 5/9/2013 7:23AM

    I think people argue just for the sake of arguing. To prove they are right. To prove you are wrong. To feel superior. I don't know - either way, people need to lighten up. Over big and small things. Life would be so much happier.

I'm off to contemplate the reasons for needing flame-proof underwear! ;-) Ha! You have a great day too!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 6:56AM

    No flames here, only I'm not sure everyone really does understand the difference when they use that common phrase.

Too many times I've heard weight gain explained away by that phrase when in reality they're eating way more than their workouts are burning off.

That's how I happily carried my extra weight for all those years. Well meaning friends would tell me how strong and fit I was and of course "muscle weighs more than fat." It turned into another excuse.

I know all about body builders and NFL quarterbacks, but I don't think society is suffering from an overabundance of muscle.

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/9/2013 6:26AM

    food for thought

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SEABREEZE65 5/9/2013 6:18AM

    Lots of great comments.....

Oh, the blog is good too!!!

Comment edited on: 5/9/2013 6:19:14 AM

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    I don't know, I am sometimes one of those perfectionist control freaks who would be compelled to point out that lead is not "heavier" than styrofoam because a pound of one weighs the same as a pound of the other. emoticon

Because, sadly, there are plenty of people who do not understand that what you really mean is one is denser than though other so packing the muscle into the exact same volume once occupied by the fat does mean you will "gain"...they really believe muscle is heavier than fat.

I need to learn to let it go. I think I will go transfer my Chuck Berry downloads to my iPod and go for a run with the new tunes. emoticon

P.S. when I was a kid we took a road trip from Michigan to SoCal - with stops in alot of states north and south - in an RV listening to Chuck Berry, Elvis, and loads more from the 50s and 60s...on 8 track tapes. So I come by my interest honestly.

Of course I acquired a liking for Abba almost the same way, so there is no accounting for taste or sanity lol.

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KANDOLAKER 5/8/2013 11:40PM

    Deep thinking - love it!

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NATPLUMMER 5/8/2013 9:53PM

    Being a scientist, it really irks me when people say that muscle is heavier than fat....can't help but get annoyed.

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RUN4FOOD 5/8/2013 7:32PM

    Good job explaining something simple that many people have trouble accepting. Many people think weight loss should be a straight downward line. It isn't.

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OWL_20 5/8/2013 6:57PM

    Oh boy, my brain hurts. LOL Great subject matter and teaching moment, even though it might be a bit flame producing for the crowd. Flame-retardant underwear, indeed! emoticon

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AUNTWILLIE 5/8/2013 6:30PM

    Yeah, that makes me crazy, too. And all too often, these are the same folks who can't seem to get their pronouns lined up or their subjects and verbs to agree.

Muscle weighs more than fat BY VOLUME. End of discussion.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/8/2013 6:28PM

    I agree with you, having had the flames fired at me.
Now I say (if I pipe up at all), an inch of muscle is heavier than two inches of fat. That might even be true.

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DALID414 5/8/2013 6:28PM

That lecture blew my mind professor!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/8/2013 6:27PM

    LOVE IT! I don't know what is better - your blog or that you have fire-proof underwear!

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