Posted on | November 12, 2010 | No Comments
When you’re trying to lose weight or if you notice that you’re doing active sports and the numbers on the scales are going up – It’s not always accurate to rely on this number to tell you the truth about whether you’re getting ‘fatter’ or not as they can’t tell the difference between lean muscle mass and body fat.
What I’m saying is that your body composition is important:
Two people that weigh the same on scales can have different body composition i.e. more or less fat
More importantly, recognise muscle and fat take up different space in your body. Take a look at this exact replica of 2.5kg of muscle and fat. They both weigh the same but you can see that muscle will take up much less room.
Having more muscle will make you look leaner. Your clothes will fit better. (You just have to not be obsessed with seeing small numbers on the scales)
Having more lean muscle also allows your body to burn more calories at rest. So that means more fat burning ability.
What you can do is always rely on how your clothes feel to judge if you are gaining / losing weight (especially if you’re generally active). To gain more muscle you need to be performing strength exercises and eating a diet with adequate protein to allow your muscles to grow.
Muscle makes you skinnier!!