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The Skinny on Muscle and Fat

Does muscle weigh more than fat? Well, there are two ways to look at this question.

Let’s take 10 pounds of fat versus 10 pounds of muscle. Ten pounds is 10 pounds, right? Yes. But, the 10 pounds of fat is much bulkier than the 10 pounds of muscle. Another way of looking at it is that a 10-pound pile of fat will take up more space than a 10-pound pile of muscle. So, more muscle would be needed to equal the space or volume of fat, thus making the pile of muscle weigh more.

That being said, let’s go into how muscle tissue and fat tissue are totally different. People often mistakenly think that doing crunches will turn the layer of fat into muscle. First off, there are three ways of losing weight (burning calories): diet, cardiovascular exercise, and weight training.

With your diet, you need to burn more calories than you eat (negative caloric intake). Cardiovascular exercise will burn calories and improve stamina and heart strength. Weight training will build muscle and burn calories at the same time. The more muscle (lean mass) that you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the entire day.

Women often fear the weight training process, because they are afraid of the bulking effect. Remember that muscle is less dense, burns calories (fat), and provides your body with a firmer look. If you diet properly and mix plenty of cardiovascular training with proper weight training, you will in no shape or form bulk up! If you have any questions along the lines of muscle versus fat, please feel free to comment, and good luck with your future workouts!

April 15th, 2010

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30 minutes of cardio is great for now, but you need to keep increasing either the intensity or time as the weeks and months progress. Progress to 45 minutes and then to 60 minutes. Breakdown each of the muscle groups on different weight training days. Try chest/triceps on Monday and Thursday, back/biceps on Tuesday and Friday, and legs/shoulders on Wednesday and Saturday

posted Apr 15th, 2010 9:22 pm


A quick question: I've been trying to tone up and have been following this site religiously. I just don't know if I'm going about it the right way. Short story: 30 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of weights, 5 times a week. Is this good?

posted Apr 15th, 2010 5:06 pm


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