I have put on about 3-4lbs over the last 5-6 weeks. I have been doing more toning, pilates, and swimming to increase my muscle. Now as far as I can see, I have not put on inches. In fact i have probably slimmed down about .5 inch on my stomach(where i always put on fat) and I don't see any difference anywhere else, except for looking slightly more toned. My calorie intake is fine. I never ever go over my limit, I'm usuallly about 350 - 400 cals under it, sometimes more if i have done a workout.
So, why do i weigh more?
I always compare myself to a coworker who claims to be the same weight and height I am - she is not in good shape and quite frrankly she looks FAT. People have a hard time accepting I weigh 165. I don't look that heavy. So if you like the results of working out is giving you enjoy this.
When I started college, I gained 20 pounds in a few months, going from 110 to 130. It was all fat because I was eating fast food all the time, not working out etc. Now I am working out again and actually weigh 133, more than I have ever weighed, but I feel great and look better and healthier than I did at 110! I have meat on my arms to even out my 'pear' shape, a muscular thin middle, and my legs look sculpted and strong.
But I did have an aha moment at the gym a couple weeks ago. The teacher of my 2 cardio classes was talking about how unfair it is that she had to be weighed for insurance but her husband didn't. Someone came to their house to do it too! Anyway she was saying she weighed 170lbs (I was totally shocked). She said they only take into account her height 5' 4" and weight of 170lbs so she is obesse. She was saying they need to take into account your body structure because she has a lot of muscle mass and that is what the weight is not fat. I remember thinking I too was 170lbs but because of fat and I would love to look like her. So that was my aha moment that if I looked like her and weighed 170lbs that would be okay with me.
Put simply, fat is 3X bigger than muscle. So it's better to lose a pound of fat than a pound of muscle.
Women are not the only ones that focus so much on weight. I obsese about it too, but have now started to take my waist measurements each week to help put things in perspective.
As they're saying...weight is not everything. Inches are where its at.
It is true that fat takes up more space than muscle per pound. It is not true, however, that fat takes up three times the amount of space as muscle. I'm not sure exactly where this number came from.
The density of human muscle is about 1.06 grams per mililiter. The density of human fat is about .9 grams per mililiter. Thus, muscle is about 18% more dense than fat. If it were three times more dense than fat, then that number would be 300%. So this whole three times thing is a myth.
But don't be discouraged, 18% is a lot, and is plenty to substantiate all the great results everyone is reporting with weighing more and looking thinner - that is not in question.
Perhaps someone can help me determine where the 3 times thing came from as I have heard it many times as well.
Someone said that this myth might have come from confusing density with energy density. I don't know if that's true. If it were, then I am guessing it means that the same mass of muscle would be able to store three times the energy as the same mass of fat. Again, I can't substantiate the accuracy of this.
Either way, this would have to do with potential energy and molecular and chemical bonds inside your tissues. This is NOT what everyone is talking about when you are thinking of fat taking up three times the amount of space as muscle. It's simply not true according to the math.
If anyone can enlighten me as this energy density thing, or where the 3x myth came from, I'd be delighted to hear it.
Oh, and if you look good, feel, good, it doesn't matter what the scale tells you, doe it? ~.^
when you hear some one say Muscle weighs more then fat they are referring to the same volume of muscle vs the same volume of Fat. People get carried away with the 1lb of lead and 1lb of feathers concept and turn around and say that muscle and fat weigh the same! The same volume of muscle does not weigh the same volume of fat. How much more space does a 1lb of feathers take up then a block of lead! what would you rather be made of feathers (soft and fluffy and light, taking up lots of space) or lead (compact, dense, and heavy and taking up minimal space)
The science behind it is that Fat takes up approximately 18% more space than Muscle. so for 1 L of muscle weighs = 1.06 kg and 1.18L of Fat weighs = 1.06 kg
if you have 5 kg (11 lb) of muscle = 5 L 5kg (11) of Fat = 5.9 L
The scale is evil and if it makes you feel bad, chuck it and go by your waist to hip measurements and the way your clothes feel and what other people are saying. I think as women we keep the scale around because we like the drama of it. Go watch "He's just not that into you" It is really funny and see if you are applying that kind of drama to your scale.
I myself am very dense (haha) and have a very high Lean Body Mass for a female.
I fluctuate between 135 - 140 ( and wear a size 6, in the stores that don't fluctuate their sizes)
so how frequent do you measure yourself? I have been going to the gym, lifting weight and doing cardio for a month. I am also on a calorie deficit. no changes in my measurements or the scale.
sorry if this is not related to the original question.
I am pretty random about weighing myself. I usually get on the scale to show people how heavy you can be and still be lean. And I only measure myself once every 6 months. I guage myself by my clothes. If my skinny jeans get snug then I haven't been paying attention to what I am putting in my mouth.
There could be several reasons for not seeing a change in measurements?
1) Too big of a calorie deficit?/ not eating enough food
are you hungry all the time? or going to bed hungry
2) Performing the wrong type of cardio
are you working out doing Long duration Cardio or Short High Intensity Cardio?
3) Lifting weights or doing exercises that are too light or easy.
are you doing more whole body exercises ( squats, lunges, burpees...)or isolated exercises (ie leg curl, leg ext, bicep curl.....)
Last question how close are you to your goals! Because that makes a difference as well.
ybff, thanks. My burn meter is 1900 and I eat 1400 -1500 a day so I guess that is fine.
No, I am not hungry all the time. as a matter of fact, I eat breakfast even sometimes I feel full.
I think I just need to a cardio plan but I don't know what to do. I am a bit confused. after a long break from the gym, my fitness level declined. I am able to jog 2 miles per 30 minutes. that is what I have been doing three times a week for a month.
weight training? I do six exercises only three times a week. squats, deadlifts, bench press, military press, lat pull down, and leg press.
I still have 50 pounds to lose.
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