Is Fat Heavier than Muscle?

Plainly speaking, the answer is NO; and muscles are not heavier than fats, either.

While fats are fats, muscles are muscles.

Muscles however are denser than fats. They take up less volume when compared to fats. It will take more muscle tissues to occupy a pound of fat. Still, a pound of lean tough muscles are just as heavy as a pound of lumpy, saggy fats.

In terms of weight loss, weight maintenance and general health, having more muscles is better than having more fats. More muscles burn more calories even while resting. A lot of body fats on the other hand, make one feel heavier. Fats also increase the risk of cardio-vascular and digestive diseases.

Fats are not all bad, though. They are in fact essential in transporting fat soluble nutrients in our system during digestion. Fats provide us energy, as well. You may need to know that there are good fats and bad fats, too.

Having too much body fat is where the problem starts; and not doing regular exercise only supports this problem. They build up in our bellies, arms and legs until the fats cover up our lean muscles.

The scale don't say it all!

For weight loss, the first goal is to get rid of the fats; then build more muscles.

Flabby fats are simply unused energy from the foods we eat. The more fatty, rich and oily foods we consume; without exercise, the more it is likely to build up fats. Our muscles on the other hand, will be buried underneath these fats.

The more fats we need to lose, the more evident it will be on the scale. If there is little fat to burn however, the change in weight may not be too evident. The change may be seen in dress sizes, button belt, or raised energy level. Remember, fats occupy more volume.

Don’t be despaired if you don’t see pounds shedding off from your weighing scale. If you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy nutritious foods, chances are you’re not storing a lot of fats in your body. Here's a simple low-calorie dish which you can try at home.

Build more muscles; lose more fats!

Do some lightweights...
Do some lightweights...
or some stretching, perhaps? :)
or some stretching, perhaps? :)

Ultimately, muscles are not heavier; nor are they lighter than fats. They are denser.

Lean muscle mass is important not only for weight loss but for our over-all health. Building up muscles doesn't have to mean being bulky, as well. This is a common misconception for women. You can build lean muscle mass without getting bulky by lifting lightweights in addition to a regular cardio workouts.

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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

You and I both, sweetie. But now we know better, right? :)


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

Very interesting study. I always thought muscles are heavier than fats


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Same here, teaches. At least, now we know right? :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for the description on muscle density versus fat. I can see the difference. I always thought musle would weigh heavier on the body.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for the visit and comment rajan!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting read. Voted up, useful and sharing on G+1.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks @greeneryday! I appreciate your comment.


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greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

Interesting facts about fat vs muscle, voted up!


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

I think you're doing fine considering your hip replacement. I salute you in fact for being health conscious.


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

@beingwell, Since my hip replacement it is difficult for me to do much other than water aerobics or bike riding. I use hand waits every now and then.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks CCahill. And I agree with you, as well.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Great point Beingwell!

I hear alot of people getting disillusioned by the Gym when they dont seem to be loosing WEIGHT, i always tell them they need to measure their Body Fat Percentage because they just may have added some muscle which would offset the weight loss from Fats; if measuring on traditional scale


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

@diane - that's fine. Working out is good; but don't over do it. Stop when you need to stop.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

@made - I check my weight whenever I go to the gym. I don't the scale at home, too. LOL!


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

I ride exercise bike 4 x a week for minimum 15 minutes

I do water aerobics 2 x a week.

My hip and knee problems won't permit much more.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Good hub! I don't have a scale, but I would probably need less fat and more muscles on my body.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

@diane - Are you exercising regularly?


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

I have the disgusting middle fat. I need a personal trainer.

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