Did you know that 5 pounds is 5 pounds no matter what it is? Sounds silly doesn't it?
Don’t be obsessed with the scale…I’ll tell you why….
As you can see, in the picture to the left, the 5 lbs. of fat is much bulkier and more “spread out” than the 5 lbs. of muscle.
However, five pounds is still five pounds. Don’t for one minute think muscle weighs more than fat.
I hear it ALL the time...
“oh muscle weighs more than fat”.
This is NOT true! Again, I’ll say, “5 pounds is 5 pounds whether it’s fat, muscle, cookies, apples – if it’s 5 pounds it’s 5 pounds.”
The difference is this…fat is bulky and lumpy so if you carry an extra five pounds of fat, you’ll be lumpier and appear larger than if you had five pounds of muscle.
A five pound pile of fat will take up more space (volume) than a five pound pile of muscle; but five pounds is still five pounds. Get it?
The correct way to state "the muscle weighs more than fat" statement would be: ”Muscle is heavier by volume than fat.”
A woman weighing 130 pounds with 20% body fat will look much smaller (and be much healthier) than a woman at 130 pounds with 40% body fat.
They weigh the same, yet their body composition is very different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller and leaner.
The person with more body fat will have to worry about potential health conditions that are linked to a high body composition such as; high blood pressure, fatigue, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, and more than likely they will also suffer from lost wages and lost productivity due to having to take sick days because of aforementioned conditions.
So stop being so obsessed with the scale and your body weight and start paying attention to body composition!! This is the number that is sooooooooo very important!!!
How much fat-free weight vs fat weight is much more important than your total weight!
It’s my job at, Integrity Health Coaching Centers, to “un-brainwash” everyone out there who is stepping on the scale everyday. Stop it.
"Take care of your body; it's the only place you have to live.
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