So, there are a lot of myths out there about the difference between muscle and fat. According to the Livestrong site, I’ve been fooled by a couple of them. So here you go:
Muscle weighs WAY more than fat. Yes, I’m an athlete, and I carry a lot of muscle. I always have. In my head, muscle was twice as heavy. I must admit that I laughed out loud when I was trying to search for it. I caught myself, but I was about to type, “What weighs more, 5 pounds of muscle or 5 pounds of fat?” I know what I mean, but 5 pounds of anything always equals five pounds of anything else! So, what I really wanted to know was, by volume, what weighs more?
I was stunned to see that there’s not much difference! There is, but not as much as I had imagined! “Using the averages, 1 liter of muscle weighs 1.06 kg, or 2.3 lbs., while 1 liter of fat weighs .9 kg, or 1.98 lbs.” So, I decided that I don’t just have 1L of each. I have probably more than 20L, so let’s multiply by 20. In that case the 20L of muscle weighs 46 lbs and the fat weighs 39.6. Now we’re talking. And, as I obviously weigh more than 85lbs, the difference would be bigger assuming that I am equal parts fat and muscle.
But here’s the good part. Then I searched for images… and this is beautiful!
Now, doesn’t that make you feel better about that five measly pounds? I feel better. I do!