The Great Weigh In!
1 pound of muscle and 1 pound of fat both weigh in at 3500 calories a piece but the fact remains:
One pound of muscle and one pound of fat are NOT the same size!
Even though the weighing scales will reveal the same weight, there is a difference…
So what is the difference?
How they look and the quantity of space they take up.
Check this out:
(Photo from Guys and Good Health)
The muscle looks firm and tight, taking up a relatively small space whereas the fat is approximately three times in size and it looks squidgy and wobbly.
Fat does not turn into muscle nor muscle to fat. Muscle grows through training and development and shrinks through lack of use. We need a certain amount of fat to protect our vital organs, insulate us and store energy. However high-fat content foods add surplus amounts to the body.
So if you want to weigh in well, remember these basics:
1. Eat more frequently to keep the body topped up with nutrients (quality food). Little and often works, snacking between meals on things like fruits and nuts (no, not the chocolate bar!)
2. Grab some protein to protect your muscles. Calories from protein will also aid in controlling insulin, essential for fat loss.
3. Get green! Make it your new best friend by eating plenty of green vegetables. It is particularly good at counteracting the acidic effects of a high protein diet.
4. Don’t attempt to cut out all fats. In particular, ensure you have monounsaturated (olive oil) and polyunsaturated (fish oils) fats. Some fats are good for healthy skin and for cardiovascular function.
And there you have it, the great weigh-in and how to start working on more muscle, less fat!
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