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Does muscle really weigh more than fat

Question: I’ve often heard people say that muscle weighs more than fat. Can this explain why I haven’t lost so much weight since I started working out?

Answer: Well, yes and no. One pound of muscle and one pound of fat will both reflect a pound of weight on the scales, so in effect there is no difference between “fat weight” and “muscle weight”, as far as the scales go. But all pounds are not made equal. Muscle is more dense than fat; so a smaller volume of muscle will weigh the same as a larger volume of fat. So, if you have plenty of lean muscle mass, you may weigh as much or even more than someone with more fat, but you will be leaner. The other advantage of lean muscle mass over fat is of course that it increases your metabolic rate, which helps you lose weight, maintain your goal weight, and allow you to eat more without gaining weight. The reason for this is that while one pound of muscle burns about 6 calories per day, one pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day! The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even while you rest.

In light of the discussion above you may want to change your stated goal to start losing fat (or inches), instead of weight. The last thing you want to lose is lean muscle mass; which is exactly what you lose on the majority of popular crash diets. Follow a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of protein combined with a good exercise program, and boost your metabolism for permanent weight loss. For more information on the different diets see our diet reviews.

How do I recover from a diet slip-up

Question: I have been doing extremely well following my diet until last night. I went to a friend’s birthday party, and I just couldn’t stop myself from indulging in all the treats! This morning I woke up very angry with myself for this diet slip-up, and I am so worried that I may have sabotaged my own weight loss effort.

Answer: We’ve all experienced the occasional diet slip-up! You would not be human if you did not occasionally stray from your diet. If you are following a healthy and nutritious diet 95% of the time, the odd treat should not affect your weight loss effort in any remarkable way. One of the biggest reasons diets fail is that people are too strict on themselves. When they then naturally overstep the boundaries, they feel like failures and give up on their diets.

Recognize the fact that you are human, that you need the occasional treat, and that it is important to participate in social events. Plan to overstep the boundaries on special occasions. Just don’t do it too often. Most importantly, even if you have made an unplanned mistake; forgive yourself and just continue with your diet immediately as if the slip-up never happened. You will very soon recover any lost ground and be back on track. The worst thing you can do is to give up.

Make sure the weight loss plan that you’ve chosen suits you and your lifestyle. You have to make it as easy as possible for yourself to stick to the diet. If you find it really, really difficult to stick to your chosen diet, start shopping around for one that is more closely aligned to your tastes, personality and lifestyle.

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