About Body Fat

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Know the body

Calories in Fat vs. Muscle

  • One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories. That is about six times the calories in one pound of muscle. Fat can be carried by the body easier to supply energy whenever you might need it, but getting rid of a pound of fat vs. a pound of muscle requires much greater energy expenditure.

Burn Fat, Not Muscle

  • An individual looking to rid himself of a pound of fat needs to burn 3,500 calories more than he consumes. To lose one pound of fat and not lose lean tissue (muscle), you must have a delicate balance in your diet and exercise regimen.

1 lb is about the size of a coffee cup.

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