A client who has been at a weight loss standstill just asked me if it’s true that muscle weighs more than fat (hoping that this is why the number on the scale hasn’t moved).
So what do you think – does one pound of fat weigh more than one pound of muscle? That sounds like a riddle to me! A pound is a pound is a pound! There’s a critical difference between fat and muscle though.
Muscle is heavier by volume than fat. Or another way to say that it takes more fat to make a pound than it does muscle. Muscle is more compact and takes up less space than fat.
A woman who weighs 120 pounds and has 18% body fat will look much smaller, healthier and more toned than a woman weighing exactly the same 120 pounds, but with 30% body fat.
It all comes down to body composition. That’s why it is so much more important to focus on losing “fat” and not just losing “weight.” When you lose fat and build lean muscle you change your body composition.
The number on the scale may not change very much, but your appearance (and health) sure will.