Why the number on the scale isn’t everything…

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Everyone always says “muscle weighs more than fat.” Well, 5 pounds=5 pounds no matter what. However, as you can see by the picture above 5 pounds of muscle takes up a LOT less space than 5 pounds of fat. This means two people can be the same height and weight, but look entirely different based on how much muscle they have.

If you read my post yesterday you also know how many more calories you burn throughout the day for each pound of muscle you add to your body. So if you’re working out and “gaining” weight chances are that you are actually gaining muscle. This is good, because for each pound of muscle you gain you are burning more calories throughout the day and decreasing your dimensions.

Some people drop weight dramatically as soon as they start working out. If you’re not one of those people I suggest recording your inches (waist, hips, thighs, arms) and tracking your progress that way. Working out and seeing no change in the scale can be disheartening, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress. Just look at the picture above and remember why you want that tight lean muscle to tone your entire body.

Melissa

One thought on “Why the number on the scale isn’t everything…

  1. Do you have any tips for a skinny person who wants to increase her weight but do it and remain healthy at the same time? How does a person stay toned while gaining weight? Are supplements such as whey protein necessary or is it possible to do it just with food? (does that make sense? I know i can gain weight by eating all kinds of things but what is the best way to do it?)

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