Specializing in the Busy Woman's Weight Loss, Nutrition and Lifestyle

Strong Healthy Woman Blog

Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat?

Does muscle weigh more than fat?

Muscle DOES NOT weigh more than fat; it’s just more *dense.* 5 lbs = 5 lbs, whether you are weighing feathers and rocks, or muscle and fat. Since muscle tissue is more dense, 5lbs of it will take up a smaller amount of space on your body than fat would.

So, your whole goal in fitness is to GAIN this dense, precious, lean MUSCLE because having more of it will turn you into a 24 hour calorie-burning-machine.  Fat tissue, of course, will do just the opposite.

DON’T BE SCARED, BUT: The scale might even go UP as a result of this redistribution of body tissue, and it’s actually a good thing!  When you are eating clean and training the right way (especially with resistance training,) the scale goes up with an increase in lean muscle while the amount of fat goes down (YESSS!) The outcome = you seeing and feeling the leaner, tighter, and hotter version of yourself!

does muscle weigh more than fat

Quite frankly, the scale is a weak measurement of “weight loss” success  since the scale can only measure the total amount of weight that is put on top of it.  It will not be able to tell, lets say, that you lost  2 lbs of pesky fat and gained 2 lbs of the precious lean muscle in the last week. In this case your “weight” on the scale would not budge and you would be left with the mistaken idea that your fitness efforts are NOT WORKING!

This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Just do yourself a favor:  throw out the scale and focus on what is really important… daily, incremental, behavioral changes that address more movement (especially resistance training), more healthy eating, and proper rest!

You can do it. I believe in you!


Stay determined, focused and addicted to improving yourself,

Dr. Laura Miranda DPT, MSPT, CSCS

Dr Laura Miranda Fitness Expert NYC Personal Trainer Phyiscal Therapist

NYC Fitness Freak & Physical Therapist Technique-Geek



Facebook Comments

Comments are closed.