Saturday, June 7, 2014

Why measurements are so important!

Ever start a workout program and find that after a few weeks of exercise the scale doesn’t budge or actually goes up? Don’t stress, this is a common occurrence and brings up the question if muscle weighs more than fat. One pound equals 16 ounces no matter what the substance, so one pound of fat is equal to one pound of muscle.... SO what is the difference?! IT IS DENSITY!

Muscle tissue is more dense than fat , not heavier, so think about what a pound of apples would look like next to a pound of marshmallows, the marshmallows will take up much more space. Because a pound of muscle is smaller in size than a pound of fat... FAT TAKES UP 4 TIMES MORE SPACE THAN MUSCLE TISSUE!!! It’s possible to look and feel trimmer even if weight remains the same. 
Not only can more muscle be better for appearances, it’s also better for the body. Whereas excess body fat can contribute to serious health conditions like stroke, coronary disease, and diabetes, extra muscle mass can contribute to good health and a longer life.

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Does This Fat Make Me Look Fat? UMM... yes!

So how can 150 pounds be a size 8 and a size 12? A person weighing 150 pounds with 20% fat will look smaller than a person at 150 pounds with 35% fat.  They weigh the same, yet the composition is different.  Because muscle is denser than fat, the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller. The pounds might not be changing but the oh so important ratio of muscle to fat may. With this in mind, it might be time to put the scale aside and measure weight loss with 'before and after' photos, measurements or simply trying on those old skinny jeans.

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