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Muscle vs. Fat measurements/appearance...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Hello All,

I have a question about some things I have been reading about Muscle and Fat density/Size

I have started measuring my progress with a measuring tape and clothing and realize that the scale is non-sense..but here are my questions:

If I had the same pair of pants when I was skinny-fat..and have now put on muscle and lost fat..Why do these same pants fit so tightly around the leg area? If muscle is 1/3 the size of fat...than why does it feel/appear bigger?

How does one gain muscle without actually creating more volume or circumference on their measurements?

Is this to do with the type of muscle built? I am a textbook Mesomorph..so my muscles always turn out very shapely...but i would like to work towards long leaner Ectomorph-type musculature...rather than protruding Quads etc...

Hope this isn't too confusing...Thanks!

Current Week of training includes - Lots of long walking (hoping to lean out legs) mixed with Interval Sprints, some HIIT circuit stuff (body weight resist.) and a 5km low intensity run maybe once a week. <----- Any of this not helping my goals?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 11:36 PM

She's definitely Female.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Female or male?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Oh, and as you lean out, your muscles may appear more streamlined.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:40 PM

i try not to, as i am not trying to build any quad muscles. I come from a cycling background, so they bulk up easily. I try to stick to lunges and deadlifts and some hamstring isolation work...

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:43 PM

If you are a mesomorph, the only way you are going to ectomorph territory is if you become unhealthy and allow lean tissue loss. Fat is "squishable", so when you build muscle things are going to be tighter.Your body type determines if you can gain muscle without gaining circumferance- for many of us stocky-types, it's either muscles and circumference, or no muscles and squishiness. I've never lost weight exercising- I just build muscle and even if it feels like you are going to look "thicker", believe me you do just end up looking leaner! Even though doing upper body weight makes me build arm muscle like nobodies business, and my arms get thicker (tight sleeves), they look way leaner because they don't squish or change shape when they go by my side. Legs will look like that too. My mom recently gained back 20 lbs of muscle after recovering from a surgery that caused a lot of wasting, and she looks really great and lean even though she's never had so much muscle. I think you should learn to enjoy your muscles, and just observe how your body changes as you exercise!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Lunges are deadly for creating great quads, IME!

Seriously, I couldn't possibly fit into any skinny jeans with my quads and I wear a size 4. Muscle is denser than fat & doesn't "squish" so much, hence your problem. I remember noticing this happening when I first started working out in high school and I no longer fit into my Junior size 3 jeans.

Personally, I'd buy some looser-cut jeans and enjoy my new muscles!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Oh, and as you lean out, your muscles may appear more streamlined.

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:01 AM

Consider adding hatha yoga, pilots or bar method to your exercise: all focus on elongating muscles.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Depends. I've (deliberately) put on about 15 pounds. My "skinny" pants that I bought (after having LOST 45-50lbs) still fit fine around the waist, but have gotten tighter around the thigh. Why? Because I've been doing heavy squats. The mirror tells me that the 15 or so lbs I've put on have, in fact, been mostly muscle.

Does your "body weight resistance" include squats?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:40 PM

i try not to, as i am not trying to build any quad muscles. I come from a cycling background, so they bulk up easily. I try to stick to lunges and deadlifts and some hamstring isolation work...

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