When it comes down to it, the difference between fat and muscle in the body is TREMENDOUS. Both have their benefits to the body in their own ways, but I think we all know the answer to which we would rather have chilling in our body than the other. Muscle? Exactly. Hopefully seeing the difference in your body between fat and muscle is enough to agree that muscle is the better choice, but here are a few reasons why muscle is much more beneficial to you:
Muscle takes up less space
Muscle is denser than fat in the means that it does not acquire as much room in the body as fat does. Muscle in the body takes up approximately four-fifths less space as fat. If we take two people who have the same weight and the same height, however one is muscular than the other, will have two very different sizes for clothing. The person who is muscular will be wearing sizes smaller than the other due to the space muscle takes up in the body.
1 pound of fat in the body at rest burns a whopping total of ZERO calories. 1 pound of muscle at rest, on the other hand, burns on average 30 to 50 calories! Per pound, muscle burns around 9 to 10 calories daily while fat only burns around 2 to 3 calories. Muscle has a much faster paced metabolic rate than fat. Therefore, those extra calories piled up in the body will be more likely to be consumed by muscle than fat in the body.
Just over-all healthier
Overall, having a greater percentage of muscle in the body than fat decreases health risks and keeps energy levels high. High percentages of fat in the body can lead to numerous health issues such as breathing problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancers, etc. Having more muscle in the body can and will make your body’s life a whole lot easier as well as your own.