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Can you explain fat loss versus muscle gain to me?

After a couple weeks working out with a trainer, my weight is EXACTLY the same, but measurements with a tape measure and calipers say that I’ve lost inches, and more importantly, that I’ve lost 2 lbs of fat and gained 2 lbs of muscle. Is this correct? How does that work?

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5 Responses to “Can you explain fat loss versus muscle gain to me?”

  1. §†reet R¥dA said :

    It doesn’t matter even if you’ve gained 10 lbs, as long as the inches are gone, that means that you’re getting better. The reason why you weigh the same is because that you’ve also gained muscle, if you didn’t weigh the same, but weighed less, then you would have just lost fat.

    Muscle is also is more dense then fat, so it weighs more.

  2. Abiola said :

    Haven’t you answered your own question? If you work out enough your muscles will get bigger, thus you are gaining muscle. If you expend more calories than you intake you will burn them off, thus losing fat. If you gain the same muscle weight as the fat weight that’s lost your net weight will remain the same. If you don’t want to gain muscle weight, tell your trainer that you want exercises to help you burn fat only without beefing up.

  3. sindie11 said :

    Muscle weighs more than fat, but burns more calories than fat when you’re working out, so the more muscle you have, the faster you will burn calories.

  4. cyn_texas said :

    You’re exactly right. Visualize a pound of cotton balls and then a pound of rock, the cotton balls take up a massive amount of volume but the rock is small and dense. Your fat is “fluffy” but the lean tissue is solid and small and will burn much more calories to maintain than fat tissue. Don’t worry about the scale numbers, if you want numbers to concentrate on use fat calipers or your measurements.

    You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    If you starve yourself by lowering calories lower than are needed for the body to function, your body will freak out and will want to store every ounce in case it doesn’t get nourished again. You need to give it adequate nourishment so it doesn’t slow your metabolism down to adjust for lower calories.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

    Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

    High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

    Once you get near your goal, you start adding 5 carbs every 3 days til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight. Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

    Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calorie, bad calorie" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

    Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

  5. ginger said :

    good work, sometimes it can be counterproductive looking at the scales when it tells you you weight the same, but as you can see the measurements are showing big step in the right direction, muscle weighs a lot more than fat so you don’t have to put much on to see it on the scales, and fat will be taken from all around the body while you can’t see it yet, buy a good set of BMI scales to help keep yourself motivated

    all the best


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