The “Muscle Weighs More Than Fat” Debacle

Logic is the use & study of valid reasoning.  Logic is “something that we know to be true” so WHY does logic fly out the window when it comes to people training & wanting to lose weight?

I have many, many pet hates & have often been told I’m an angry person, I’m not.  I just don’t suffer fools gladly.  I cannot stand double negatives, people putting themselves down & moronic sayings like “muscle weighs more than fat.” It just doesn’t & the sooner you stop saying it, the more intelligent you become.  (my annoyance list is longer than this, but let’s keep it there)

Let’s investigate:

Muscle Weighs More Than Fat

HOW? How can the weight of something firm be more than that of something soft?  Switch it to something else, lets go extreme….lead and feathers.

Hrmmmm, those scales look level to me.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa?  How can this be?  Lead is obviously heavier, than feathers.  Isn’t it? Is it?  No.  No. NO. NO!

A pound is a pound is a pound is a pound is a pound is a pound!  A pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of lead.  The same goes for muscle versus fat. A pound of muscle is the same as a pound of fat; in weight, not density.  What you mean & what you say are two different things.


This may sound a little harsh, but when you realise what you’ve been saying for years is utterly preposterous, perhaps you’ll change your mind.  Otherwise, if you’re unsure if your statement defies logic; Google may have the answer for you.


I’ll leave you with some “food for thought”


Muscle is more dense, so takes up less space that fat


Identical weight, but entirely different physiques


3 responses to “The “Muscle Weighs More Than Fat” Debacle

  • amandaturner612

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I have a list of upcoming blog topics, and this is already on there. I get so tired of hearing people say “I started working out this week but I gained 3 pounds,” and someone else saying, “Must be muscle, you know… muscle weights more than fat.” No. You probably just ate too much. Ugh. Thank you again! Also on my frustration list: people who don’t want muscle, they just want “tone.” “Tone” is the absence of fat and presence of muscle, ugh!

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    • Mrs.Ess

      You’re quite welcome!

      I was guilty of wanting to “tone” when I first started training, it was only when I started to read into the ins & outs of proper training that I realised it’s more than just toning.

      Thanks for the comment!


  • bluesparklez0

    I always shake my head when people say “tone”. I work in a supplement store and I get women all the time coming in asking if a certain protein will help them put on lean muscle or muscle. Muscle is muscle!!

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