Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Muscle Weighs More Than FAT = MYTH

Recently I have been getting a bit of a reality check on the dieting and fitness industries with all of the research I have been doing and the articles I have been reading. I have come across a lot of myths. One myth that I was recently liberated of has me scratching my head on how in the world I was tricked for so long...

We have all heard the school days riddle that says, "What weighs more, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers." Some of us are tricked and say, a pound of bricks weighs more. But no, a pound is a pound no matter what you are weighing. The same goes for muscle vs. fat.

Everyone has heard the common phrase, "Muscle weighs more than fat." Not possible. A pound is a pound whether it is bricks and feathers or fat and muscle. This myth has come about because of the fact that muscle is more dense than fat. This means that muscle will take up less room on your body. If you lost a pound of fat and gained a pound of muscle the weight would be the same. A pound is a pound.

It is SO funny that we all just accepted this myth for all this time...so silly.

Take a look at the venus index website. I recently purchased their book and workout routine. This myth among many others are debunked in this system. I think it is worth the money if you are interested in creating your best body shape through weight training.


  1. Great visualization!! I'm such a visual learner. Thanks for putting this post up.

  2. i don't understand why you are calling this a myth. generally, when people use this phrase, they don't literally mean that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat; what they are trying to articulate is that "a given volume of muscle weighs more than the same volume of fat", which is true. most people use this phrase to explain why, when they have been dieting while also lifting weights, they may weigh the same but appear trimmer and fit into smaller clothes: they lost some fat, gained some muscle.

    so, i would not call this a myth along the lines of "anything you eat after 8pm turns directly into fat", just sloppy language.

  3. btw, the visuals ARE cool, while at the same time kinda gross.

  4. I agree with navi ...

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