5 lbs of muscle vs 5 lbs of fat

5 lbs of muscle vs 5 lbs of fat

**This blog was originally published in 2011 but was UPDATED November 2017

5 lbs of muscle vs 5 lbs of fat

The scale isn’t budging…You are putting in the time, working out and lifting heavier than you ever have before. Your clothes are FITTING better and you FEEL smaller but what is going on? That DARN SCALE number isn’t budging or even worse, it keeps going up?  Before you toss the scale out the window there is a bit of critical information you must learn about Fat vs. Muscle.

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…and Before you read on, this recent Facebook Live Video I did explains it all

5 lbs of Fat vs 5 lbs of muscle

Did you know that 5 lbs of muscle and 5 lbs of fat may WEIGH the same if you put them on the scale? BUT here is the thing, the same 5lbs in fat takes up so much more VOLUME then the same 5lbs in muscle! Chances are you have heard this, but take a look at this – Pictures say 1000 words…

Sure, if you WEIGH them they will weigh the same, but look at how much volume the fat takes up? Also look at how tight and hard the muscle looks in comparison to the jiggly fat block?

The same people that say they “know this” are the ones that get upset when they workout intensely, lift heavier weights and wonder why the scale isn’t “drastically” going down. 5 lbs of muscle does NOT weigh more than 5 lbs of fat. The 5 lbs of muscle weighs the SAME as 5 lbs of fat.

Muscle takes up so much less space than fat. So yes, your weight may not adjust much, but when you replace fat with muscle you will be so much smaller and tighter.

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Natalie Jill





Natalie Jill

Natalie Jill is a Fat Loss Expert turned high performance coach who helps woman Age In Reverse and level up their lives! Natalie Jill is the author of two best selling books "7 Day Jump Start- Unprocess Your Diet" and "Aging in Reverse" and has been recognized from Forbes and Greatist several years running as one of the top health and wellness influencers in the world. She is also the creator and host of the top ranking podcast Leveling Up Creating Everything from Nothing. . To know more about Natalie Jill, you can visit her Facebook Profile.