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More Muscle the better?

More mucscle means you burn more calories? If im gaining muscle how can you tell? i mean i can see it too but how do i know im burning fat?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:17 AM on Apr. 29, 2010 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Muscle burns fat as fuel, the problem is, if you are significantly over weight, you should be doing a LOT of cardio to melt some of it off. When you are very heavy, and build a bunch of muscle mass quickly, it builds very bulky muscle. Your body will reconfigure to be bigger, bulkier muscularly speaking, than if you had lost a little weight first. It is also better for your joints to wait for any lifting, etc, until you lose a little.

    Water exercise burns almost 3x more calories than exercise on land! A waterfitness class is THE way to go to build muscle, get your cardio, and reduce the impact on joints.

    BTW, if you are building significant muscle mass, ignore your scale. muscle weighs more than fat, so your scale may say you have GAINED weight, until the fat comes off. You'll notice the changes when you look in a mirror- for a while, just ignore the scale. Oh, and good luck!

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:29 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • I don't have a technical answer for you, but you can usually just visually tell if you're slimming down but looking more toned. a Muscle weighs more than fat so a scale won't help. If you're working out and doing exercises that are aerobic, you'll be burning fat (the ones like running that get your heart rate up a bit). anaerobic activities are more the muscle building ones (lifting weights, crunches etc) so based on your exercises you should know what kind of body improvement you're doing. really though, any athletic thing you're doing is going to be great for you and help you get to a healthier place. Heart health and overall well-being is way more important than numbers on the scale. I would focus more on getting a balance of activities and good diet than the "more the better" mentality with muscles.

    Answer by mrs_pulley at 10:29 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • you can measure your strength at the gym by lifting more weight or doing more reps, or just knowing your routine has gotten easier (which means you should change it up btw) i find that muscle is still leaner than the fat, it seems like you can measure it with the tape measure...use the cm side if you really want to see the numbers change faster, it is very rewarding!

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 11:07 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • Just as an FYI5 lbs. of fat is much bulkier than the 5 lbs. of muscle, but five pounds is still five pounds. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Fat is bulky and lumpy so if you carry an extra five pounds of fat, you'll be lumpier than with five pounds more muscle. A five pound pile of fat will take up more space (volume) than a five pound pile of muscle; but five pounds is still five pounds

    You'll know you're gaining muscle by the way your clothes fit and how you feel. If you're part of a gym, most of them will also do a body fat analysis so you can track your progress.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:12 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I think what people mean when they say muscle weighs more is that you can 150 lbs and have 50% body fat but you can also be 150 lbs and have 25% body fat and the rest muscle but you still weigh 150 you just look different (better) with the 25% body fat but people shouldnt get discouraged when you dont see the number on the scale coming down....especially if you are doing strength training...because your body composition will be changing.
    So yes 5 lbs is 5lbs but definitely looks different whether its fat or muscle.

    Answer by HayleyGM at 8:00 AM on May. 1, 2010