Is fat more buoyant than muscle?



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    Yes.  Fat floats much more easily than muscle (as well as bones and organs) which is much denser.  Body fat content is just one of three major factors that affect your personal buoyancy, lung size and level of relaxation.  Hence, although it is not the sole determinant, the more fat on your body, the more likely you are to float with ease.

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    Yes, fat is more buoyant than muscle. This concept allows people to measure their body composition through underwater, or hydrostatic weighing, considered the “gold standard” of body composition assessment. This is based on Archimedes’ Principle of Displacement: the density of fat and non-fat mass always remain constant, muscle is more dense than water and fat is less dense than water, therefore a person with more fat will be more buoyant in the water.

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    Yes, this is why women, who, on average, naturally have more body fat than men, are often fast swimmers as compared to their male counterparts, even though (and sometimes because) men have more lean muscle.

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