Losing weight and gaining muscle...

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    Oct 18, 2007 2:51 PM GMT
    If you're dropping some weight (successfully) and you're putting back muscle (successfully), does muscle weight make a significant/perceivable dent on the scales?
  • GQjock

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    Oct 18, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    per volume muscle weighs more fat
    but don't let the scale be the judge of your success
    ...take a look in the mirror and see for yourself
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    Oct 19, 2007 3:12 AM GMT
    I just attended a lecture this past weekend about muscle and nutrition by Dr. Len Kravitz, PHD. Though everyone says this (myself included), you cannot lose weight and build muscle. You can lose fat and build muscle, but if you are building muscle you will gain weight. In most instances the muscle gain/fat loss will equal out on the scale. Like GQjock says, don't let the scale be your guide. Check how your clothes fit, or use a tape measure. In my experience, most guys show fat loss in their face and neck first and belly last. So if someone asks you if you've lost weight, they've noticed a difference.
    Hope this helps to clarify.
    Mike
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    Oct 19, 2007 3:04 PM GMT
    ^ditto^

    My weight has hovered around 175lbs all year.

    ...HOWEVER:

    - My shirts are all tighter around the chest, shoulder, and arm areas.

    - My pants are all tighter in the legs, but much looser in the waist.

    - I can see more definition...and I'm getting a lot of comlpliments from my friends.

    That's how I can tell I'm doing pretty good so far.

    -Joe