Muscle versus Fat.
Muscle V Fat
Does it matter what makes up your weight or is weight, weight?
It is not that simple, the weight you carry has a massive impact on your overall health, appearance, physical abilities and overall being. The difference in structure and function between muscle and fat is massively different in both.
Muscles vary in their roles, some attach to the skeletal system such as bicep, circulatory system such as heart and digestion system such as muscles lining the colon (large intestine). Muscles are vital in the smooth functioning of our body.
They use up calories in order to function; 5lbs muscle burns 250kcals (1lb muscle burns 50kcals) a lot more than fat uses. Research dictates that
- exercise improves the capacity of muscles to oxidize fat (stored fat is broken down and burnt as energy)
- reduced rates of fat breakdown has shown to promote weight gain
- regular exercise can give fat oxidation in muscles a boost making it easier to control weight
Muscle is also denser than fat, which takes up less space per pound having a greater impact on your appearance.
Fat loss by correct nutrition and exercise
Use stored body fat
Reduced risk of disease
Fat cells store more fat calories than muscle cells. For every 5lbs of fat you burn 50kcals (1lb of fat 5kcals). Our body does require some fat especially visceral fat for protection of our internal organs. Fat cells also help to
- store energy
- assist with the messenger systems in the body to function correctly
- store some nutrients and fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
A person with higher body fat percentage will appear larger in size than someone with lower body fat percentage even though they weigh the same.
Weight loss by crash diets, bad eating habits and incorrect or no exercise
Muscle + Fat + Water loss