Why Gaining Muscle Can Make You Look Thinner But Weigh More

why you can look thinner but weigh more

Muscles are a bundle of fibrous tissue that have the ability to contract, producing movement or maintaining a certain position. Muscle is heavy but lean, it can make you bigger or smaller depending on what your body looked like before. If you are overweight and you jump right into it building muscle and trying to sculpt, chances are you will look fatter. However, if you lose weight and get into building and sculpting after that, then you will start to appear thinner but weigh more.

The Fat and Muscle Burning Dilemma

It is quite hard and next to impossible to lose weight and not lose muscle as well. If you lose, you are going to lose both muscle and fat. However, if you want to look sculpt lean and in shape, it is best to lose the extra weight, then begin the building muscle process.

That is the time to begin the supplements for quicker muscle repair. Add a more vigorous building routine and adding some extra calories to your diet will help. For leaner muscle mass rather than bulk, perform low impact activities that are based on stretching like yoga and tai chi.

How to Look Thinner Even if You Weight More

If you are on the heavy side and are looking to get leaner, the first step to doing this should be a reduction of some sort. First analyze your diet and notice, do you eat less frequent but bigger meals? Or maybe you are snacking throughout the day, but the portion sizes are too big. Either way, find out the actual reason you are overweight, or not at your ideal weight, then start by cutting back on that particular problem.

For example, go online and learn the correct portion sizes and/or calorie amounts for your specific body type, gender, and age. Then slowly incorporate into your routine. Weight loss does not happen overnight, and you may not notice it, but stick with it and in no time, you will see great results. After getting down to a more ideal weight, then that will be the time to begin a vigorous building routine. At which point you will look thinner but weigh more. You will also be stronger and have more stamina.

When getting into a building routine it is crucial to continue some cardio, maybe not as much, but still some. Many bodybuilders actually prefer a higher intensity interval training, because it spikes your body’s natural HGH levels, helping you build muscle faster, as well as repair muscles more rapidly.

An example of a common high intensity interval training workout at the gym include:

  • Beginning your workout with a slow jog or power walk
  • After 5 minutes lifting your normal sets
  • About halfway through jumping on the treadmill and doing a sprint/run combo for about 15 minutes
  • Finishing your sets and wrap it all up with some cool down jogging or power walking again for about 5 minutes.

Note: Remember to always gently stretch for a few minutes before and after any workout routine.

Building Muscle to Look Thinner but Weigh More

Building muscle will help you in many ways not only in your appearance, it will make your body a fat burning machine, HGH levels will consistently be in production, and you will have more stamina and agility.

Building muscle is a great thing and really makes people look more full, toned, and fit. However, if people build muscle without losing their extra fat first, it really just gives the appearance of a protruding belly or abnormal shape. Gaining muscle can make you look thinner but weigh more only if you are going to lose your extra weight first.

Looking Beyond the Bathroom Scale

Weight is not really a good measure or whether one is in shape or not. Fitness should be judged by one’s muscle mass to fat ratio, or simply how well one’s clothes fit.

Your bathroom scale can’t tell what it’s weighing.  Everything in your body’s composition is taken into account.  It takes your weight regardless of whether it’s weighing bone, water and fluids, muscle, organs or stored body fat.  Therefore, if you’re training to get fitter, your body composition may shift and while your mass could reduce for a while as some fat is burned, it may indeed climb again with muscle.

You can certainly use your bathroom scale as a tool to help you measure your progress.  The important thing is to remember that you can look thinner and weigh more when you’re getting fitter.  You may be burning off the excess fat while toning up those muscles.  Your bathroom scale will never tell you that. Therefore, be sure to measure more than just overall body mass to help you assess your progress.  Consider calculating body fat levels. Measure areas on your body such as the circumference of your waist, hips, neck, biceps and thighs, for instance.

The areas you measure will depend on your workout and weight loss strategies as well as your body shape and composition goals.

3 thoughts on “Why Gaining Muscle Can Make You Look Thinner But Weigh More

  • I been working out since feburary, I was 180?lbs and now 5 months later I have more stamina and alot stronger and my butt is bigger and higher and firmer so is my calfs and legs, i stop eating heavy at night no beer. I been drinking raw meai and every once in a while half teaspoon of creantine snd l glutimime. But my weight is still between 180 and 184.?? What gives? And yes i changed my diet. I also take probiotics i wiork out maybe 2 or 3 times a week.I do the treadmill before and after workout.my shoulders have gotten bigger and more defined.

    • Hi Sherita. This is a really common complaint of so many people who, like yourself, are really putting forward a big effort to lose weight and get healthier but the weight does not come off. In our experience, it can be very helpful to use a diet tracker for a minimum of one week to make sure your calorie consumption is low enough to give you results. We recommend using a free diet tracker like SHAREFIT.COM. Also, it sounds like you have been doing a lot of exercises that focus on building muscle. These are great, but do make sure to combine cardio activities into your routine. Cardio exercises, including interval training, can be very effective at increasing metabolism and weight loss.

    • Hi Sherita. What you have described is a common problem that many people struggle with. Although you are making a big effort to lose weight and become healthier, your weight loss is slow. What we recommend is to begin by tracking your diet for a minimum of one week. There are many free diet trackers available, but the one we find the best to use is SHAREFIT.COM. This will give you a better idea of your daily calorie consumption and where you may be able to make changes in order to reach your weight loss goal. Also, it sounds like you are doing quite a bit of muscle building exercises, which is great, but make sure to include cardio activities into your workout routine as well. Cardio activities, including interval training, are particularly helpful for increasing your metabolism and weight loss.

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