Muscle loss or fat loss?

Malaysia
July 28, 2010 5:08pm CST
I am quite big size a few years back. But now I am slimmer with the same weight. I look slimmer but I weigh the same. Is it my body loss the fat or muscle?
2 people like this
7 responses
• United States
28 Jul 10
(Muscle or Fat Loss) You are most likely, as stated, gaining muscle mass or at least toning, and losing fat. Keep an eye on the tape-measure, and away from the scale. Not to say the scale lies, but our interpretation of the scale can lead to problems. For starters, our weight can fluctuate by two pounds in either direction in a twenty-four hour period. This is why it is essential, if you are going to use a scale daily, to weigh yourself at the exact same time, in the exact same clothing so that there are no variables to add to the measurement. I recommend for home use-unless you have the luxury of a personal trainer-a Wii Fit. The Wii Fit is set up to keep an accurate record of your daily weight, and BMI. The new Wii Fit Plus also keeps track of your waist measurement and daily steps (if you use a pedometer). Being able to keep an accurate record of all that goes into weight loss/gain is helpful because there may be variables you forget to take into account-stress, water retention, etc. I’ve noticed at times if I’ve had a heavy protein meal that my numbers will increase if I way the very same day, but if I weigh in the next day I’ll notice a weight loss because my body has had time to process the protein. In any weight loss program or weight gain program, do not forget to hydrate your body, take a multi-vitamin, and eat well-balanced meals. I have changed my own eating schedule to every 2 1/2-3 hours because it is helping to improve my metabolism which came to a halt with all of the “fad” diets I tried when much younger. Keep up with your toning exercises, as they will help to give definition to your muscle mass. Good luck! Namaste-Anora
• United States
29 Jul 10
Thank you for the Best Response. I hope all continues to go well in your healthy journey. Namaste-Anora
@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
30 Jul 10
My parents always told me and I've since learned from trainers that muscle weighs more than fat. So, my guess would be that you've lost a pretty good percentage of your body fat and have replaced it with muscle thus allowing you to look more fit but to still weigh the same as you did before. I know that when I compare myself to other overweight individuals, I typically look smaller than they do though we weigh the same because I've got more muscle mass than they do.
@bloggeroo (2171)
• Philippines
28 Jul 10
Hmm. That reminds me. I need to jog. I've gained 20 pounds and mostly fat around my wasteline. And I might as well lift some weights to gain muscle mass.
• United States
28 Jul 10
Keep the muscle and ditch the fat. Muscle is great to have, fat, not so much.
@Muteki (114)
• Japan
28 Jul 10
In many cases you can put on weight and still have a more slender look if the muscle is works to a point that it Burns surrounding fat. This will probably be achieved by doing high impact aerobics and weight training.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
28 Jul 10
Muscle weighs more than fat on a fit person. But you say "a few years back" and much can change in that period of time. More likely, you have lost both muscle and fat in order to appear thinner. Your body has readjusted itself both from increasing age and perhaps a change in exercise routines, work, etc. Unless you measure every part of your body, you'll never know which you lost most. All I can say is, if you keep the same weight, and the weight is proportionate for your height, then you don't have much to worry about.
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
28 Jul 10
Muscle is more dense than fat, so you have lost fat and put on muscle.