5 lbs of Fat vs. 5 Lbs of Muscle

5lbs of Fat vs. 5lbs of Muscle

Hands down one of the most impactful pictures within my industry. 

You hear it all the time, "muscle weighs more than fat," or "you can get lean and still have muscle." 

So, is it true?

Muscle is more dense than fat, which means it will take up less space than fat. To be more precise, muscle takes up approximately 4/5ths the space of fat. Since it is denser, muscle does weigh more than fat if you compare same-size portions. 1 liter of muscle weighs 1.06 kg, or 2.3 lbs., while 1 liter of fat weighs .9 kg, or 1.98 lbs. This may vary due to numerous factors including race, being extremely lean, or being extremely obese.

Muscle Metabolism

The truth is that muscle will burn 7-10 calories daily per pound. Fat only burns 2-3 calories daily per pound. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR), or the number of calories your body uses when you are at rest, typically accounts for 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn in a day.


High body fat percentages are associated with raised risk for obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, gallstones and certain cancers. For optimal health, the best body fat range for women is 14 to 30 percent. For men, it’s 6 to 25 percent. You are considered obese if you are a woman and have more than 30 percent body fat or if you are a man and have 25 percent body fat.

What are you carrying around?


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