Just a little thought for you, especially those of us on the diet merry-go-round.
I was told, and honestly believed because it was a medical person who told me, that muscle weighs heavier than fat.
So in theory, by toning up the body and increasing our muscle tone whilst reducing our body fat, sometimes accounts for ‘plateau-ing’ or a small weight gain.
A new member of our group has been exercising religiously, but had a gain of two pounds this week.
Trying to be helpful, I said that as she was toning up, the muscle weighed heavier.
I apologise to all and sundry, but I have been informed that I was wrong, and that they weigh the same.
All this week I have been thinking about it.
Yeah, I know, that’s quite sad really but when I think of all the walking I do now and how my body shape has changed, have I been kidding myself when my weight loss has been less than expected?
We all know the ‘What weighs heavier, a ton of coal or a ton of feathers?’ question.
The answer is of course the same, One Ton.
But it’s the perceptive and volume content that confuses us.
To see a ton of coal and compare it to one of feathers, the piles are quite different in size as one for one, a feather is far lighter than a nugget of coal!
So if coal is muscle and feathers are fat, pound for pound they are indeed identical.
A pound of lard, or a pound of chocolate? I know what I’d rather have even if it is synful.
My thoughts have therefore led me to this.
Coal is denser than feathers, so it follows that if Muscle is denser than fat, less in number is required to make a pound compared to one of body fat.
Does that make sense?
Think I’ll go for a walk now.