You might think that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat, but a pound is a pound!



You might think that muscle weighs more than fat. You might think a pound of feathers weighs less than a pound of bricks, but a pound is a pound.

Fat and muscle do differ in density. Look at five pounds of muscle and five pounds of fat side by side in this photo: the fat takes up more volume than the muscle. If your goal is the lean look of muscle, not the flabby look of fat, feel good about weighing more.

Banish the idea that muscle weighs more and is therefore bad. In fact, toss out your scale altogether. Think about how you are feeling, how your clothes are fitting, and how your movement has changed. Don’t focus on the number on the scale. If you only did things to make yourself weigh less, you wouldn’t necessarily be healthier.

Stop thinking of muscle mass as the enemy; embrace it as your ally. Much like the ego, you need a strong one to overcome an inflated one.