Fat VS Muscle
What weighs more, pound of feathers or a pound of butter? … did you have to stop and think about this? Both weigh one pound. The difference? The amount of feathers that it would take in order to equal one pound of butter.
Not all pounds are created equal.
Common sense tells us a pound of muscle and a pound of fat should weigh the same; and they do. The difference comes down to the difference in their density and surface area. If you look at one pound of fat and one pound of muscle side by side, fat tissue takes up more space than muscle tissue does. It is this fact that makes body measurements and before and after photos essential to any healthy lifestyle and fat loss journey, as opposed to just using a weight scale.
Most individuals monitor their health and fat loss progress through the use of their weight scale, however, as we are starting to establish, this can be misleading. When you hop on the scale in the morning, the scale will not tell you if the number blinking at you is the weight of fat or the weight of muscle (or the ratio of the two). It is possible to lose fat and NOT drop a significant amount of weight. This is why we focus on fat loss and not weight loss.
Why do we want to reduce fat mass??
Research has shown that individuals with higher percentages of body fat have an overall higher death rate, heart conditions and adverse health issues. A higher amount of fat mass will increase your risk of hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. This means that even if you have a low body weight, if your body fat to muscle ratio is poor, you are still at risk to developing poor health conditions.
Why do we want to embrace the increase of muscle?
It does not matter if you are looking to “lose weight” is is extremely beneficial to your body and your overall health to foster healthy muscle mass. Muscles help boost your metabolism, supports your bones and improves your bones mass, increases energy levels and will reduce your risk for chronic diseases.