Fat Vs. Muscle

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One of the things that can be so discouraging for people when they first start out trying to lose weight is that they start losing pretty quickly and then they either stop losing and gain a little back.  Most of us have heard the saying “Muscle weighs more than fat”.  Actually, it doesn’t matter if you have five pounds of fat or five pounds of muscle, it’s still five pounds.  The difference really is in the amount of volume in comparison.  Five pounds of muscle takes up less space than five pounds of fat.  If you are exercising along with changing your eating habits in order to lose weight then you are going to be building muscle.  You will lose fat, and the numbers on the scale will certainly go down, but when you start building muscle those numbers may go back up just a bit.  Try not to focus so much on the numbers, but more on how you feel and how you fit into your clothes, that will be the true test.   Below I have added a picture that gives you a visual about the fat vs. muscle statement.


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