Weekly Wellness Tip by Fit For You: A Pound of Muscle vs. A Pound of Fat

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muscle-vs-fatA Pound of Muscle vs A Pound of Fat

When it comes to a pound of muscle versus a pound of body fat, myths abound. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, meaning it burns more calories when you are at rest, but the level of this activity often is overstated.

  • Muscle takes up approximately four-fifths as much space as muscle. Two people may be the same height and weight, but the person with a higher body fat percentage will wear a larger clothing size.
  • Since it is denser, muscle does weigh more than fat if you compare same-size portions. Generally, 1 liter of muscle weighs 2.3 lbs, while 1 liter of fat weighs 1.98 lbs.
  • Muscle tissue will burn 7 to 10 calories daily per pound, while fat burns 2 to 3 calories daily per pound.

Bottom line, through strength training you can expect to gain 3 to 5 lbs. of muscle mass in three to four months, bringing your net caloric effect to 15 to 30 calories per day.

Photo courtesy of MyCooking.com - Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Photo courtesy of MyCooking.com – Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe of the Week:

Non-meat eaters, don’t be turned off by this recipe for Tuscan-Style Garlic-Herb Pork Chops because the white bean side dish is great just by itself. Click for recipe.

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Debbie Schultz

Core Fitness, 1840G York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

410-440-5807  [email protected]  www.fitforyouonline.com

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