Does muscle weighs more than fat? In simple terms 1kg of Muscle weighs the same as 1kg of Fat. The difference is that muscle is much more dense than body fat. Therefore a kilo of muscle will take up much less room in the body than a kilo of fat.
In saying that tho not all kilos are created equal. In fact, your total body weight isn’t a clear indicator of how you look or what health risk factors you may have. For example two different people who weigh the same amount can look very different when one has a high percentage of fat and the other has a high percentage of muscle.
An extra 10 kilos of fat may give you a softer, less toned appearance. But an extra 10 kilos of muscle you will look firm and sculpted.
Muscle also serves a different function than fat. Fat will insulate the body and trap in body heat to keep you warm. Muscle boosts your metabolism, this means the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
I often get asked ‘can your body turn fat into muscle’?. The answer to this is NO your body can’t turn fat into muscle and your body can’t turn muscle into fat. You need to build muscle by increasing weights and fuelling your muscle and then you need to drop fat. This is why you need to increase protein in your body as your body burns not just stored fat but also muscle, which is made of protein. When this happens, your muscle cells then shrink and no one wants that to happen!
Tips for increasing muscle mass:
1. Strength training exercises three to four times per week, 2. – Incorporate strength training into your cardio workout – the classes are great for this, 3. -Don’t be afraid to push yourself and increase your weights, 4. -Eat a high protein diet to fuel your muscle development
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