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Let's set the record straight!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ok so you see it posted everywhere on spark by people attempting to encourage those who's scales are not moving "muscle weighs more than fat"........WRONG! Let's set the record straight a pound of muscle weighs exactly the same as a pound of fat or a pound of feathers for that matter, What is true is that one pound of muscle takes up less space than one pound of fat, therefore you may be experiencing progress without the scale moving.

I know they are just trying to encourage their fellow spark mates but let's not perpetuate this misquided or misquoted statement. Measure your progress with more than the scale, use a tape measure, use how your own clothes are fitting and most importantly how your health is improving.

Ah well if only all of my life issues were so easy to deal with!
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  • KEHWIE
    The scale is such a fickle friend anyway. For so long, I was not losing a single pound. But I could see progress...I was doing longer workouts, I was able to handle higher intensity and more difficult exercises, I was lifting heavier weights, I could even see a little bit of definition in my abs and legs...I KNEW I was getting healthier and making progress even though the scale was refusing to budge. And that was great! :)
    4600 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    Couldn't have said it better myself.
    4600 days ago
  • CRYSTAL_ROSE
    HERE IS ANOTHER ...WHY THE SCALE DOSENOT DROP WHEN YOUR GETTING HEALTHY.

    http://www.kimkins.
    com/component/option,com_myblog
    /show,muscle-or-fat--which-weig
    hs-more.html/Itemid,0/


    A popular discussion on Kimkins forums is the the infamous phrase: "Muscle weighs more than fat". Nope, muscle doesn't weigh more than fat.

    1 pound of fat = 1 pound of muscle

    Just as 1 pound of anything will always equal 1 pound of something else. What we're REALLY talking about here isn't weight/mass, but rather density. 1 pound of fat takes up about 5 times as much space as 1 pound of muscle does.

    As you can see above, the muscle is smaller, tighter and more compact. The fat is larger, mushy and takes up more room.

    This is why 2 people who both weigh 150 pounds can look vastly different depending upon how much muscle mass each person has.

    This is why if you're working out and strength training you'll hear recommendations to take body measurements and not rely on the scale weight as your measure of success. You may find that even though your scale weight isn't dropping too much at one point, the inches may be dropping like mad.
    4600 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2008 8:47:17 AM
  • CRYSTAL_ROSE
    HERE IS ANOTHER ...WHY THE SCALE DOSENOT DROP WHEN YOUR GETTING HEALTHY.

    http://www.kimkins.
    com/component/option,com_myblog
    /show,muscle-or-fat--which-weig
    hs-more.html/Itemid,0/


    A popular discussion on Kimkins forums is the the infamous phrase: "Muscle weighs more than fat". Nope, muscle doesn't weigh more than fat.

    1 pound of fat = 1 pound of muscle

    Just as 1 pound of anything will always equal 1 pound of something else. What we're REALLY talking about here isn't weight/mass, but rather density. 1 pound of fat takes up about 5 times as much space as 1 pound of muscle does.

    As you can see above, the muscle is smaller, tighter and more compact. The fat is larger, mushy and takes up more room.

    This is why 2 people who both weigh 150 pounds can look vastly different depending upon how much muscle mass each person has.

    This is why if you're working out and strength training you'll hear recommendations to take body measurements and not rely on the scale weight as your measure of success. You may find that even though your scale weight isn't dropping too much at one point, the inches may be dropping like mad.
    4600 days ago
  • CRYSTAL_ROSE

    this is why the scales go up when you tone up.....

    In our weekly fitness Q&A series, William Sukala, MS, CSCS, answers questions about fitness, from whether to eat before exercising to how to treat sore muscles.

    Q:There seems to be quite a bit of controversy over whether muscle weighs more than fat. If I am weight training and increasing my muscle mass am I likely to see an increase in my weight?

    A:This is a great question and one that has been the center of debate for years! First off, remember that the scale only tells you your entire body weight. It does not tell you the composition of that weight. And it is body composition that really matters.
    Muscle does not weigh more than fat, any more than lead weighs more than feathers. A pound is a pound is a pound. Where the misunderstanding often comes in is that muscle is much more dense than fat, so that, by volume, it seems to weigh more. That is, a pound of muscle occupies less space than a pound of fat. In addition, because a pound of muscle burns more fat than a pound of fat, even at rest, by increasing your lean muscle tissue mass, you're helping your body burn more calories.

    But back to your question. If you only have a small amount of weight to lose, then you may feel like the weight training is not helping you move down on the scale. In fact, the number may even go up, but you will look thinner. This is due to an increase in lean body mass (muscle, bone, blood volume) and a decrease in body fat. In other words, even if the scale doesn't change much, you will probably see a difference in how your clothes fit.

    On the other hand, if you have a lot of weight to lose, you will also experience an increase in lean body mass and loss of body fat. But the results on the scale will probably be more dramatic.

    Read more articles from our personal trainer.


    SO YOU ARE RIGHT, BUT ALSO WOMEN AND MEN NEED TO STOP STRESSING OVER THAT SCALE. IT IS BODY COMPOSITION WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED WITH.AND AS THE PERSONAL TRAINER SAID THE REASON WHY THE SCALES MAY GO UP A COUPLE OF POUNDS IS BECOUSE YOU ARE INCREASING LEAN BODY MASS(muscle, bone, blood volume) AND DECREASING BODY FAT.
    SO WHILE IT IS TRUE A POUND IS A POUND, IT IS ALSO TRUE TO GAIN WEIGHT WHILE GETTING IN SHAPE AND HEALTHY.


    HERE IS THE LINK

    http://www.weightwatche
    rs.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?
    tabnum=1&art_id=8311#Story
    4600 days ago
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