Many of us spend a great deal of time on the bathroom scales and worrying about what weight we are. While the weight reading will be able to give us a guide about our weight and health, it is unable to give a clear picture. In fact, for many people, it will provide a very misleading interpretation of their weight and health so it is often best not to spend too much time worrying about what the scales say.
A large reason for this is down to the difference between fat and muscle. 5lbs of fat weighs the same as 5lbs of muscle, after all, they both weight 5lbs. However, the 5lbs of fat is spread out a lot more, making it a lot bulkier. This means that muscle is heavier than fat by volume and if you are looking to slip into that new dress or you want to ensure that your new shirt looks good on you, it this that you have to contend with. If the extra pounds you are packing on the scales are muscle, you will be leaner in comparison to a person that is the same weight but has that additional weight in fat. This is why so many people are keen to find ways to burn fat but there is also a lot to be said for packing on muscle.
Work on decreasing fat while increasing muscle
While it isn’t possible to directly turn fat into muscle, there are many activities or routines that will help you reduce your level of fat while also helping you to increase the level of muscle that you have in your body. When you are looking to lower the amount of fat that you have in your body, it is important that you are utilising a strength workout in addition to a cardio workout. You can see why some people think that a cardio workout, where you sweat a lot, is important in fat loss but in reality, it is the strength element that is the most important aspect.
There are also some other aspects to bear in mind due to the differences between fat and muscle. You should stop weighing yourself regularly, due to the variances during a day. You should have a day every fortnight where you weight yourself. You shouldn’t look in the mirror as a guide for your fitness level as many of us struggle with perception when it comes to how we look. If you want to track a difference, you should take measurements of body parts like your waist, thighs, arms, chest and even your neck. This will provide you with the comparisons you need to make to see if your routines are having any impact. You should be looking for your waist to fall in size while the other parts of your body increase. Keeping stats and analysis is the best way to determine the positive impact that you are having.