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.