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Wait...muscle weighs more than fat right?(11 posts)

Wait...muscle weighs more than fat right?Kristin
Nov 12, 2001 1:24 PM
Darnit! I'm going the wrong way!
re: Wait...muscle weighs more than fat maybe4bykn
Nov 12, 2001 2:40 PM
The answer is definitely maybe!
5 pounds of muscle weighs more than 4 pounds of fat. Unless you meant muscle is denser than fat. I think that's correct, but can anybody tell us just how much more dense than fat muscle is? If I am as dense as some of my co-workers claim, does that make me muscular?
Fuzzy mathBrooks
Nov 12, 2001 3:50 PM
Five pounds of feathers weighs more than four pounds of lead. Denser is key. The number I've heard is that muscle is six times denser per unit area than fat.
re: Wait...muscle weighs more than fat right?peloton
Nov 12, 2001 3:34 PM
Muscle weighs more than fat when you are talking about equivilant amounts in area and mass. A pound is a pound though in either form. Muscle though is about four times more dense than fat though. So, a cubic inch of muscle would weigh the same as about four cubic inches of fat.

If you are putting muscle on you aren't going the wrong way. Just need to look at your body composition rather than weight. Body fat percentage means a lot more than the number on the scale.
Yeah, thats what I thought...Kristin
Nov 13, 2001 8:36 AM
Nope, I'm going the wrong direction. See, my weight hasn't changed any; but my clothes are fitting more snuggly in those trouble zones. I'm losing muscle and gaining fat. UGH! Definately the wrong direction!

I worked so hard this summer. My calves and quads are larger and more toned than they'd ever been. Looks I'm gonna start from square one again next year.
Yeah, thats what I thought...4bykn
Nov 13, 2001 9:05 AM
That's what a lot of us go through each year. I try to minimize the change by going to the gym, but it's only a substitute and doesn't work as well as riding. Keep yourself in reasonable condition and you'll be prepared for that first sunny calm 40 degree day in Feb when the road beckons anew. Consider the winter as a mental and physical rest time, plan your next riding season, make some goals, etc.

Ah, rats, I violated the "non-cycling discussion" board pact. Off with my head.
I'm freakingDog
Nov 12, 2001 3:41 PM
I've gained 9 pounds since the 508. Eating like a pig, and way down on miles; almost no intensity (per coach's orders).

Anyone gained more than that lately?

Shoot, Dog...4bykn
Nov 12, 2001 5:04 PM
I think I can put on 9 pounds on a good (bad?) weekend!
i could gain twice that from just halloween candy...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 13, 2001 2:28 PM
if it didn't make me so hyper! too bad it's quick-burn energy. otherwise i'd advise you to use a strict diet of "swedish fishies" on your next 508.
Its toughKristin
Nov 13, 2001 2:47 PM
It would be easy to say suck it up. But we all have an image of what we deem acceptable in our appearance. That image is hard to change. Have you talked this over with your coach? Does he know about the weight gain and have you clarified your goals with him? In other words, do you have a clear understanding of whether or not its okay to have gained 9 pounds and whether or not that fits into his your (you & your coaches) ultimate goals? Having a goal in sight may help you accept where your at today.

I'm making major adjustments to my diet over the next three weeks. I hate that word: Diet! But if I'm not riding 100 miles a week (or do any cardio) then I can't eat like I am. Hello hunger pain! So long big bowls of pasta.
Nov 14, 2001 12:34 PM
Actually, I forward to my coach all of my training info and weight every day. I have some goals that he is helping me toward, including weight.

I actually couldn't care much how I look. The weight issue is related almost solely to performance. Lighter gets up hills faster. I want to be about 5-10 pounds lighter for the 508 next year than I was this year (that will get the body fat extremely low). In fact, I'll likely look much worse losing that much weight. Of course, all of this will be in conjunction with body fat tests at the university here to keep tabs on things.

He has structured a diet for me, but it's hard to do. Usually, I keep weight low merely from not eating too stupidly just riding lots. After the 508, I pigged out and didn't ride much, and now I'm into this transition/LSD mode. Combine that with all the crap people bring to the office, and a pound a day can be added pretty easily.

Yes, diets suck. Only thing worse, though, is riding slow in a race.