View Full Version : muscle calories

01-09-2002, 12:51 PM
Just was reading that a pound of muscle is around 600 calories, as apposed to fat which is 3500.....True or False

This raises a few issues with my diet if true.

01-09-2002, 01:52 PM
this is if they were burned in a calorimeter.
for your diet a pound of fat roughly require 2% of the kcals to keep it at homestatsis as muscle does. though will vary on water retention and exercise levels.
If being ver8y strict with diet this thing should be taken into account as muscle effects BMR alot more than fat which is relatively inert in kcal consumption.

01-09-2002, 10:48 PM
3500 excess calories could give you a pound of fat...
how many calories are required to build a pound of muscle??

01-10-2002, 11:44 AM
Its not as simply as that. as you have to build other things as well to the adipose tissue - eg more skin aless streatch marks etc. also as you gian weight even fat you burn more kclas to walk around so, your level of excess would have to change. It will also depends on your homrone levels as well and insulin sensitivity.

but you wil have to eat a minimum of that level to gain a pound of fat. but fat is converted into adipose tissue assuimg good enivorment for conversion at about 92%. so 3500/92*100=3804kcals.