Have you been working out day in and day out in the past few months?
Have you been hopeful of building muscles and losing body weight as a result of this?
Have you been checking your weight often to see the results for yourself, but have been left disappointed?
On the other hand, have you been shocked to see that you might have put on a few pounds of weight?
How did this happen?
You might suddenly feel that all the effort that you have undertaken in the last few months have all been in vain.
Do not be disheartened. Here is the reason you shouldn’t worry about it.
Do Muscles Weigh More Than Fat?
A common myth among people who are consciousness of their body fitness is that muscles weigh more than fat.
Their quandary lies in whether their efforts at building muscles lead to an increased amount of fat in the body.
A build-up of fat is a scary thought for them. An increase of fat shows on the weighing scales after their workout and training.
The answer to this burning question is a clear no. If anyone believes so and propagates the view that muscles weigh more than fat, then it is a gross misconception.
The fact is that muscles have much more density than fat. In other words, muscles occupy more space because of their density, and hence it need not necessarily lead to a decrease in the body weight.
It might not show in the total body weight, but if you notice keenly, you will see that your clothes have started to loosen up.
Your weight might even increase, if not remain the same, but you will start looking thinner for sure.
To explain further, a pound of weight is always a pound of weight. It might be a pound of fat, muscle, marbles, glass, feather or any material that you wish to take.
A bag of feathers weighing one pound and a mass of muscle weighing one pound are the same in weight, but different in appearance. A bag of feathers occupies a lot more space to hold the same amount, as opposed to a mass of muscle.
If you have understood this analogy well, then there should be no problem in you understanding the difference between muscle and fat!
It is also possible to weigh the same, but look and feel fatter. This is especially noticeable among older people where their muscles shrink and contract with age. The cell repair rate is also lesser at this age.
The possibility of seeing an increase in your weight is because of the actual increase in what is technically called as the lean body mass.
Lean body mass refers to the muscle weight, bone weight and volume of blood in the body. The amount of fat may go down because exercise rapidly burns it, but the collective weight of muscles, bones and blood goes up.
What people need to understand is that when we are talking about muscles and fat in this context, we are referring to volume and not density. It is where the major confusion stems from, for most people.
Both cardiovascular exercises and weight training are aimed at reducing fat and increasing volume. That is the key trick to a healthy body.
The important thing to keep in mind is that too less fat in the human body is harmful. Yes, one must strive towards a fat-free body, but an optimal amount of fat is required for the healthy functioning of the various parts of the human body.
So remember, enjoy doing your daily dose of exercise, work your muscles, burn your fat, but do everything in moderation!