This has been bugging me - 1 lb of muscle vs. 1 lb of fat

Monday, August 27, 2012

We've all heard it. In fact, I think we've all probably SAID it: a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat.

We say it when the scale hasn't moved.

But the logical part of my brain can't accept that. A pound is a pound is pound.
Does a pound of feathers weigh less than a pound of gold?

Does a 20 pound chihuahua weigh less than a 20 pound cat?

No, it doesn't. Because a pound is a pound is a pound. Muscle does not weigh more than fat.

Muscle takes up LESS SPACE than fat and when calculated in milliliters/volume, muscle weight varies so slightly that it is negligible.

So when I don't see the scale move, it isn't that I've gained muscle and it weighs more - it is that I didn't lose any weight. I think I have to accept that fact and not make excuses for it.

I need to look positively at what else has happened while the scale wasn't moving. For example, since muscle is taking up less space, are my pants a little looser? If my pants are a little looser - hey! - that means my butt is a little smaller! (I'll take that any day over a number on the scale!)

Can I see any physical changes? Do my arms look more defined? Are my legs showing less dreaded cellulite? Do my joints ache less because the muscles around them are stronger and holding them firmer?

How about emotional changes? Do I feel a little more confident? Am I willing to put on a pair of shorts to work outside - even IF no one is around to see me? Better yet - am I willing to go into town with them on???

I say all of this in preparation for my week 3 weigh in! I have a feeling the scale won't move. I've worked really hard this week and my food is surprisingly under control. I just have this feeling that the scale won't move and I started to say:

"well - a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat, so no worries!"
But it doesn't.

It will mean nothing more than the scale didn't move and I didn't lose any weight.

But it won't mean Ilost my motivation. It won't mean I lost my determination. It won't mean I lost any of the SP support. It won't mean I lost any of the good habits I've established. It won't mean I didn't decrease the size of my butt!

It just means the scale didn't move and I'll find my measures of success in other things.

Because a pound is a pound is a pound.

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    I also would love the visuals of more definition and baggy clothes over a number on a scale any day. If i could weigh 240 and be a size 8 and a size medium shirt IM ALL FOR IT!!!!! LOL good luck on weigh in
    2063 days ago
  • ROSET491
    Great Blog!! Love the visuals!!

    2065 days ago
    Good blog! I read somewhere that all a scale measures is the amount of gravity holding an object to the earth! That sort of put it in perspective for me. Like you, I'd much rather have my clothes getting looser and my muscles getting more toned.
    2065 days ago
  • CNELSON5411
    emoticon emoticon
    2065 days ago
  • TERRIH8118
    emoticon very true I can't think of how many times I've heard that saying
    .I've used that! Excuse when I didn't see a difference in my weight before but I know I have to look to other things to judge my progress.
    2065 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    EXCELLENT! I get so tired of hearing/reading that--"Well, I didn't lose any weight this week but muscle weighs more than fat." In that case, like you said, measurements and how your clothes are fitting are great indicators.
    2065 days ago
    True story! I have read this before to, the muscle just takes up less room :o) Thanks for posting this I am sure allot of people have never read this before and it will be an eye opener.While the scale is not moving for me either, I know I am pounding the pavement and somethings gotta give sooner or later.

    Stay motivated and let's carry on together to our goals!

    2065 days ago
    That was a great analysis and very true. Eventually we all do loose the weight and if we focus on the scale only it will be depressing. i like to think i am loosing the inches if not the pounds.
    2065 days ago
    I like it! emoticon
    2065 days ago
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