Muscle Vs. Fat (originally published August 2, 2011)
Ok, first this is going to sound a bit preachy, although that is not my intention, but I feel compelled to state the truth. Let’s just get right to it. First of all…I GET IT! I totally understand the never ending obsession with the scale. Women want that number to be low, it’s only natural to feel that way. Of course I would rather be 120 lbs and a size 4, rather than 150 lbs and a size 4. Why does it matter what I weigh as long as I fit in the clothes? Because I’m a WOMAN! 120 does sound better right? But really think about it, who do you really tell your weight to besides doctors? One thing I am learning, and still quite stubborn about, is not relying much on that scale. In fact, I should probably ditch it but I just can’t bring myself to do that. My goal has been to get down to pre-wedding weight. However, I’ve realized I very well may get back to a size 4 before I hit that weight. Why? Read on…
Ever heard someone say “muscle weighs more than fat”? I’m sure most of you reading know this, but there are still people who believe this. It’s a myth. Plain and simple, muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat. A pound is still a pound. Fat takes up more VOLUME than muscle, but 5 lbs of fat still weighs the same as 5 lbs of muscle. Building muscle boosts your metabolism and therefore you burn more fat at rest. It’s ESSENTIAL if you want to slim down. You can actually stay the same weight and lose inches because you are burning fat and gaining muscle. I am proof of this. Back in 03 I weighed 119 and was a size 4. It wasn’t until after I got married that I joined a gym and started lifting weights. I stayed 119 throughout that year, but my clothes were visibly looser on me. I was about to be shopping for size 2, but then found out baby number 2 was on the way. My goal was simply to maintain the weight, but I ended up losing inches as a result of weight training.
Let me add also, if you are a woman and worried about “bulking up,” you won’t. Even if you lift very heavy weights, it’s not possible. Blame lots of estrogen and not a lot of testosterone. You will TONE your muscles though. The women body builders you see on TV or in magazines mostly likely use steroids…and workout several hours a day.
So sorry if I sound like a know-it all, I’m not, not even close. It’s common sense really, not rocket science. lol It truly drives me insane when I hear people say that. I shouldn’t be too hard on them, I too used to believe that myth long long ago.