So there was an article in Muscle and Fitness that struck me as odd and I wanted your input on it. It starts on page 163 of the March 2007 issue with Gunter and Kim Lyons on the cover. it's written by Chris Aceto who is apparently Jay Cutlers dietician. In this article he says any time your muscle:fat gain ratio is greater than 1 you will appear leaner. This seems blatantly incorrect to me because it would most likely still raise your body fat. He uses the example of gaining 6 pounds of muscle for every 3 pounds of fat. This would only make you leaner if your body fat was 50% or more unless I'm totally misunderstanding something. For example I'm currently 170 pounds (173 but 170 is easier to calculate) and I estimate myself at 10% body fat. This would mean I have 17 pounds of fat on my body. If I gained 30 pounds at the ratio of 2 pounds of muscle for every 1 pound of fat I would be 200 pounds with 27 pounds of fat. This would put me at 13.5% body fat, so then how would I appear leaner? Am I missing something?
Last edited by Scottyboy; 03-04-2007 at 11:36 AM.
2 lbs of muscle for every 1 lb of fat?Man thats incredible ratios.
omg this is upsetting me. i agree with you scottyboy. i cant figure out the calculation but it make sense if you gain 20 lbs of muscle, and 10 of fat, your bf% should go down. can someone help so i can have my sanity back?
can anyone help with this seemingly easy math problem? or can you just not gain fat+muscle at the same time and reduce your bf%?
Last edited by PoutineEh; 03-06-2007 at 05:04 PM.
What a load of crap.
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44 pounds fat, 176 pounds lbm
Gain 2 pounds muscle, 1 pound fat
45 pounds fat, 178 lbm = 223 bw
Now, if you are 220 and 10%
200 lbm, 20 fat
add 2 pounds of muscle, one of fat, you get
202 lbm, 21 fat
Perhaps Mr Aceto could use a math lesson, and would be well served to explain what he's talking about.
But really, you got exactly what you deserved by purchasing Muscle and Fitness.
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thank you. weird how current bf% will determine if your bf% will go up or down by gaining 2:1 ratio...