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!

Found this Lovely Picture On Pinterest
Found this Lovely Picture On Pinterest

Now, doesn’t that make you feel better about that five measly pounds? I feel better. I do!

You’re welcome.

 

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