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    Muscle is heavier than fat; but why do I look bigger than people heavier than me?

    So recently a guy asked me how much I weigh and I told him 155, and he was in complete disbelief because he thought I weighed 175-180. I'm the same height as him and he said he weighs 165 and I am noticeably bigger. We just kinda agreed that it's because I have more muscle.

    But if muscle weighs more than fat, why am I so much bigger than a guy who weighs more than me?
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    same thing has happened to me on more than a few occasions, wherein ppl are in disbelief when i tell them how little i weigh, compared to how big i look.. it's a curious question..
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    i have the same problem i weigh like 250 and people think i weigh like 200
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    Originally Posted by WillGoesBoing View Post
    But if muscle weighs more than fat, why am I so much bigger than a guy who weighs more than me?
    Saying 1 lbs of muscle weighs more than 1 lbs. of fat is like saying a ton of bricks weighs more than a ton of feathers. It just ain't so and is a pretty silly claim if you think about it.
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    Height definitely factors in (obviously) but it could also be deceiving because some people carry more or less muscle mass in their lower body (and your legs are your largest muscles). So, OP, you may have a larger upper body, but the other guy at your gym may carry more leg mass, hence the difference in weight. Not sure if this is the reason, just my 2 cents on the subject...
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    Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
    Saying 1 lbs of muscle weighs more than 1 lbs. of fat is like saying a ton of bricks weighs more than a ton of feathers. It just ain't so and is a pretty silly claim if you think about it.
    This. I believe it's how you carry your weight (be it muscle or fat) that makes you look bigger or smaller. The clothes you wear can make a difference too. I always tell people what I weigh and unless a scale is present they don't believe it. Everyone thinks I weigh less than I do.
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    Originally Posted by WillGoesBoing View Post
    So recently a guy asked me how much I weigh and I told him 155, and he was in complete disbelief because he thought I weighed 175-180. I'm the same height as him and he said he weighs 165 and I am noticeably bigger. We just kinda agreed that it's because I have more muscle.

    But if muscle weighs more than fat, why am I so much bigger than a guy who weighs more than me?
    Its easy to underestimate all that fat that is stored in places you can't see

    bone and muscle density factor in as well
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    Yea, that is weird. Not to discredit anyone but people tend to think that you're lighter than you are if your muscley. Because muscle in proportionate to size is heavier than the same size of fat. I've had people think i weigh less than i am, which i assumed was the case for most people who lift, since for the same size of a fat person and an in shape person, the in shape person will be heavier than most people would believe.
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    Yes, it really depends on what you are wearing. If you are low body fat and ripped, but wearing clothes that cover you up and make you look thin, many people will think you weigh much less than you do. But if you are in tight fitting workout gear and showing the muscle, it is easy to think you weigh much more than you do.
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    i was blessed with broad shoulders and big arms, people dont believe me when i tell them i only weigh 190lbs
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    personally i think fat & muscle have a large thing to do with it, however i think it goes beyond that too, into body composition. bone density / size, genetics, ect. most people trip when i tell them i'm 165 and 6'2 because i look 195. and when i was 195 i looked like a blimp lol
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    Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
    Saying 1 lbs of muscle weighs more than 1 lbs. of fat is like saying a ton of bricks weighs more than a ton of feathers. It just ain't so and is a pretty silly claim if you think about it.
    for the size Yes muscle weighs more than fat. The more dense something is the heavier it is.

    giving you an example, A pound of feathers takes up a fairly large area does it not? where as a pound of brick takes up a very small amount of space in comparison to the amount the feathers take up.

    This is the same with fat. Fat is less dense, therefore its weight is distributed over a larger surface area and is less compact. This makes equal area or equal amounts by volume of muscle heavier than fat.
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    Originally Posted by cheeseandrice View Post
    personally i think fat & muscle have a large thing to do with it, however i think it goes beyond that too, into body composition. bone density / size, genetics, ect. most people trip when i tell them i'm 165 and 6'2 because i look 195. and when i was 195 i looked like a blimp lol
    I was thinking about this the other day..... if I already look like I'm 175-180 I wonder how I would look if I was really 175-180. I'm not that tall, so I'd probably look disproportioned.
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    Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
    Saying 1 lbs of muscle weighs more than 1 lbs. of fat is like saying a ton of bricks weighs more than a ton of feathers. It just ain't so and is a pretty silly claim if you think about it.
    but the additional factor you have to take into consideration is that he is talking about how he looks. If you imagine both laying on the ground 1 ton of feathers will APPEAR to have more mass than 1 ton of bricks because you will need so much more of it.
    Like the 1lb of fat and 1lb of muscle plastic examples they usually have at the gym. The 1lb of muscle takes up less space because it has a higher density.
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    Originally Posted by DHr2009 View Post
    for the size Yes muscle weighs more than fat. The more dense something is the heavier it is.

    giving you an example, A pound of feathers takes up a fairly large area does it not? where as a pound of brick takes up a very small amount of space in comparison to the amount the feathers take up.

    This is the same with fat. Fat is less dense, therefore its weight is distributed over a larger surface area and is less compact. This makes equal area or equal amounts by volume of muscle heavier than fat.
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    Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
    Saying 1 lbs of muscle weighs more than 1 lbs. of fat is like saying a ton of bricks weighs more than a ton of feathers. It just ain't so and is a pretty silly claim if you think about it.
    obviously.. 1lb of muscle weighs the same as 1lb of fat.. although if your measuring the mass Muscle/sq cm is heavier than fat / sq cm
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    I have the same issue. People dont believe that I weigh as little as what I do. But when I was 191lbs, I didnt look that big either.
    (Except when I put on pants or shirts from that time, and they fall off..... I just spent $75 having all my jeans taken up about 4in in the waist...)
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