Does Muscle Really Weigh Greater Than Fat

 

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You may have heard that muscle weighs more than fat. However, according to science, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same. The difference between the. The short answer: Yes, to a certain extent muscle does weigh more than fat; if you simply take a bowl of fat and compare it to a same-sized bowl of muscle, the muscle will weigh more. Muscle vs.

Fat: Clearing Up the Misconception Common sense tells us a pound of muscle and a pound of fat have to weigh the same, but they do differ in density. This means if you look at five pounds. Does muscle weigh more than fat? Well, technically no: When it comes down to it, one pound of muscle weighs the same as one pound of fat.

What actually sets muscle and fat apart is. Since dense muscle tissue takes up less space than fat, it’s possible you may weigh the same (or even more) yet appear slimmer than another person with the same weight and a similar height and frame because of the difference in your body composition. Measuring your true body composition While it’s a myth that muscle “weighs” more than fat, research does show that excess body fat can contribute to serious health conditions like stroke, heart. So, “Does muscle weigh more than fat?” — the short answer is no. A pound is a pound, no matter if it’s muscle or fat.

Ounce for ounce, muscle weighs the same as fat, but it’s more compact. But remember: Not all pounds are created equal. Technically no. A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat.

But, muscle does weigh more than fat by volume. And if you add muscle and reduce fat at the same rate (1 pound added and 1 pound loss), you will shrink!!Remember: Muscle tissue is more dense than fat tissue, which means that yes, it weighs more. Make an effort to think about the bigger picture. How do you feel?

But wait, doesn’t muscle weigh more than fat? You have added pushups to your workouts Unfortunately, the odds that you’ve added even a small amount of muscle, let alone a few pounds of the stuf.

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For instance, muscle has a higher density than fat, so one pound of muscle takes up less space than one pound of fat.

“Advanced Sports Nutrition” by Dan Benardot
from Advanced Sports Nutrition
by Dan Benardot
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2011

Because muscle tissue weighs more than adipose (fat) tissue, the addition of muscle mass to the body may not always be accompanied by weight loss–even though body fat may have dropped substantially.

“Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie Higley, Alan Higley
from Reference Guide for Essential Oils
by Connie Higley, Alan Higley
Abundant Health, 1998

Muscle weighs more than fat for the same volume; thus weight may go down faster as a result, but the percent body fat may actually increase.

“Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-practice Gap” by Margo Maine, Beth Hartman McGilley, Douglas Bunnell
from Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-practice Gap
by Margo Maine, Beth Hartman McGilley, Douglas Bunnell
Elsevier Science, 2010

Also, contrary to popular belief, muscle does not weigh more than fat.

“Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder” by Edward Jackowski
from Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder
by Edward Jackowski
Atria Books, 2001

First off, muscle is not heavier than fat—a pound of muscle is equal to a pound of fat.

“The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body (Enhanced eBook Edition): The Revolutionary 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body and Stay Fit Forever” by Kris Gethin, Jamie Eason
from The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body (Enhanced eBook Edition): The Revolutionary 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body and Stay Fit Forever
by Kris Gethin, Jamie Eason
Atria Books, 2010

Muscle is heavier than fat, so individuals with a small frame and proportionately more fat tissue than muscle tissue are likely to weigh in at the low end.

“Nutrition For Dummies” by Carol Ann Rinzler
from Nutrition For Dummies
by Carol Ann Rinzler
Wiley, 2016

However, as all bodybuilders know, muscle weighs more than fat, so the scale may not accurately reflect how much muscle or fat is on your body.

“Natural Bodybuilding” by John Hansen
from Natural Bodybuilding
by John Hansen
Human Kinetics, 2005

Also, muscle weighs more than fat.

“Early Childhood Education [Four Volumes]” by Rebecca Staples New, Moncrieff Cochran
from Early Childhood Education [Four Volumes]
by Rebecca Staples New, Moncrieff Cochran
Praeger Publishers, 2006

Obviously, individuals with a small frame and proportionately more fat tissue than muscle tissue (muscle is heavier than fat) are likely to weigh in at the low end.

“Nutrition For Dummies” by Carol Ann Rinzler
from Nutrition For Dummies
by Carol Ann Rinzler
Wiley, 2011

For example, many people say that “muscle weighs more than fat.”

“Applied Biomechanics” by John McLester, Peter St. Pierre
from Applied Biomechanics
by John McLester, Peter St. Pierre
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

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  • So refreshing to hear Mel. Now to take heed and embrace the muscle gain without getting caught up by what the ‘enemy of progress’ scales say ��������������������������������

  • I wish I had had a better understanding of this when I was a teenager!  I’ve been working out with you for 6 months and my weight has remained substantially the same, but my clothes fit better, I can breeze through workouts that were difficult before, and just feel better in general.  Thank you for the great advice:)

  • Does high intensity exercise for post menopausal women have an advantage over moderate-intensity workouts when it comes to weight loss? Most of my workouts are moderate intensity and I seem to have hit a plateau. 

  • In high school I was 145 lbs and a size 6 pants. Now 145 lbs and size 9 pants. So yes fills up differently.
    But most people, I have found, who have been told muscle weighs more than fat do not know it by volume. They think 1 lb of muscle honestly weighs more than 1 lb of fat. This is why I hate this phrase, and many other do and will correct it.

  • So informative, thank you for sharing Mel! We as women definitely need to understand our bodies more and you’re doing a great job at giving us the right information, this video is testament to that. Keep them coming!

  • Dude, you and I approach this topic from different sides, but get the same results! I’m in the “It does NOT weigh more” camp….because, as you said, 1lbs = 1lbs. I say all the time, it’s the packaging that’s different. When I explain it with the packaging thing, I get this “I’ve never thought of it like that before” response more and more. So, we have the same message, just different approaches. Like you, I do tell people to throw the scale away and go by the tape or how your clothes fit. Keep up the great work my friend!

  • It makes so much sense when it’s explained clearly!! Thank you! ����
    I totally agree in that tracking the non scale victories is so important and a more accurate reflection than the scales will ever give us. ❤️You help me enjoy the process and journey ❤️

  • A cubic inch of muscle weighs approximately.613 ounces. A cubic inch of fat weighs approximately.532 ounces. End of discussion… but watch my video anyway.

  • Awesome video! I don’t care about my weight I care more about how I feel and that I can wear smaller clothes. Thanks for the video

  • Jessica how many times a week u suggest people workout?
    i workout every day for about one hour and some days my muscles become hard as rocks does it mean that i have to work less?

  • As of right now, my weight has gone down a tiny bit and my measurements haven’t changed much… but I AM feeling much better! So I’ll keep at it and see what happens.

    Question for Q&A: How much cardio should you do every week to lose body fat?

  • Thanks for this video Jessica. Love how you explained that muscle and fat take up space in our bodies in varying ways which has made us believe there is a weight difference. I’ve been so fixed on the scales in the past but have since learned that it’s not the be all and end all so I do weigh myself but not every minute. I tend to notice differences in my stamina now and the way my clothes may fit (or not as the case may be). Nowadays my working out is more to do with staying healthy and keeping fit rather than weight loss. I find that when I’m not so hung up on that I do and feel great. Thanks again for info:-)

  • I’m pretty tall and chubby I always look at people that way only 20-30 more pounds than me and they look way fatter than me I do have a lot of muscle in my legs and in my back since I workout quite a bit on those areas but I never seem to lose any weight just gain could it be that I’m gaining more muscle while keeping the fat and not taking it away?

  • i’ve got a friend who weighs the same as me but he look more muscular. What does that mean in connection with what’s being said in the video?

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  • Thank you so much I just got in an argument with some stupid girl in the comments of another video. She just wasn’t understanding how anything works, it’s common sense. The thing everything was using to try and prove me wrong was that I was getting it confused with density. I don’t understand how people are so dumb

  • Thank you! I feel like I am surrounded by idiots that can’t comprehend that we determine the weight of something by it’s SIZE/VOLUME to the SAME SIZE/VOLUME of something else!

    It’s the WORDING they use “Pound for pound” and by that logic everything in the universe weighs the same. Unbelievable. SMH.

    Maybe you and I are just the two smartest people on the planet, lol.

  • I knew this when I was 14 but for some reason I forgot it (the way you explained it) again. Haha!
    I do still have a question because this confused me. I know I should focus on how I feel and not 100% on numbers.
    However, according to my BMI, I am at risk of overweight. I should be somewhere around 130lbs or so no more than 145lbs but I’m around 165lbs.
    My goal is to be 130lbs by June 21st but how could I start? Should I maybe start with burning fat to rid of problem areas and maybe that will drag the number down with it? I was going to start by not eating as much sugar and eating fruit but other than that, I don’t know where to go or what to do first.

  • I was JUST wondering this today. Thanks to your balanced advice, I have stopped weighing myself regularly and only do it once a month now (I was getting a bit obsessive after I lost 20 pounds a year ago). I was surprised this morning that the numbers had not gone down, but I can see definition in my abs that I never had before, and my clothes are looser, so I was not discouraged. I feel fantastic, thanks to all your help. I’m so grateful.

    Question for Q & A: Is there any significance to you choosing 8 reps or multiples of 8 for most of the workouts?

    Nanci

  • Basic explanation: Muscle is heavier than fat. 3 times? Yes, believable. A large puff of cotton candy weights 50 grams, while a much smaller rock could weigh up to 300 grams. The size of a pound of fat, which is about the size of a fist, weights far lass than the a fist-size muscle. 

  • “its not heavier, its denser”…. makes no sense. When you talk about comparing the weight of fat vs muscle, you have to compare a muscle sample of a given volume to a fat sample of the same volume. Therefore, to say that muscle is heavier than fat is the same as saying that it is denser than fat. denser= more material (mass) per given volume of space. Muscle is denser, and therefore heavier per unit of volume.

  • It does weight more, but not 3 times.

    “Muscle density is 1.06 g/ml and fat density is (about) 0.9 g/ml. Thus, one liter of muscle would weight 1.06 kg and one liter of fat would weight 0.9 kg.” 

  • Thank you!! Excellent video!! It’s one of the most annoying things to hear people say �� that and “turning muscle into fat” ��
    Great reminder to me as I’ve become a bit scale obsessed. There are much better way to measure success!

  • I think that in general such question refers to the weight to volume ratio that is if you take X cubic meters of fat and the same volume of muscle which one would weigh more. Muscle does way more in this case because of the higher density. It’s obviously not “Does 1kg muscles weight more than 1kg fat?” because this is the same question as “Does 1kg lead weigh more than 1kg cotton?”.

  • This was so informative and I’m surprised how many of us are confused by it! Exactly why I have you Queen as my trainer ❤️�� coaching us mentally and physically to be informed and to become the best version of ourselves ✨

  • Thank you for this! I was just having the same discussion with a friend, who kept insisting otherwise. Muscle may look different because it is more lean, but a pound is a pound whether its a pound of iron or feathers, muscle or fat! Thank you for always providing sensible advice!

  • Thanks Mel, even though I know all of this I still get up every single morning and weight myself, however I now look more into muscle mass and all that other information.

  • THANK YOU! I wish I had this information 3 years ago when I allowed the scale to frustrate me. That’s all over now though. My focus is healthy and happy.

  • Hi lovely����, so wonder-full, elegant, & amazing looking as ALWAYS����

    Fat weighs more than Muscles….

    Muscles is 3 times dense then fat.

    That makes sense BECAUSE fat is BUILT up debris in YOUR body. E.i. Butter, if YOU take a stick on butter, then allow it to melt. It Will still be there..BUT if take the butter to coat the muscles, it will be thinner.

    ALL I KNOW is when I am in shape, I am lighter & can jump higher. And my Endurance & Stamina is higher✊��

    Love you misses, be safe ALWAYS an Honor to see & hear YOU��������