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Muscle verses Fat

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Many people believe muscle weights more than fat, but the true difference between muscle and fat is not weight, but volume, or how much space it takes up.

Muscle verses Fat

Think of muscle tissue as having the density of a brick and fatty tissue as having the density of a cotton ball. Then consider how many cotton balls you would need to make up a pound. The cotton would take up much more space than the "brick". Because of this, losing inches is a more significant sign of fat loss than the number of pounds you've dropped.

Take Measurement To reach and maintain a healthy weight, eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet and be active almost every day. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, strength training two to three times a week, with a day or rest in between, is essential to muscle growth.

And a tape measure is important, too. Keep one on hand and take measurements once a week. You just may see more reduction there than you will on the scale when your body begins to replace fat with muscle.

Refuel Muscle

Eat within 30 to 90 minutes after an intense workout to capitalize on increased levels of glycogen synthase, an enzyme that helps refuel your muscles with glycogen (stored carbohydrates), so you will be energized for physical activity the next day. The better fueled you are, the better you will be able to put your muscles through their paces.

See also: Beyond the Body Scale

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