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Does muscle weigh more than fat?

Does muscle weigh more than fat?

Yes…by volume muscle weighs more than fat.

Muscle is denser or more compact than fat, so by volume it weighs more. One cubic inch of muscle weighs more than one cubic inch of fat.

This also means that one pound of muscle takes up less space (volume) than one pound of fat.

A woman who weighs 150 pounds and has 25% body fat will look much leaner (take up less space) than a woman who weighs 150 pounds and has 35% body fat.





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