Yes and No. Like with so many things in life, the answer is not black and white. Let’s say you launch a new exercise and diet program to get yourself into shape.
In Scenario One:
You start off with 100 MQ, and you do not change your diet in any way, but rather simply start to weight train and build up your muscles. In this case, your MQ will most certainly increase. So, the bigger your muscles the higher your MQ, as long as everything else stays the same.
However, you can also achieve the same result with dieting…
In Scenario Two:
You maintain a steady level of strength training, but begin dieting and start losing fat. In this case, you can also start seeing an increase in your MQ. This is because your MQ represents a ratio of muscle to fat in a given body area. The more muscle you have relative to fat (or the less fat you have relative to muscle), the higher your MQ will be.
So in the first scenario, your MQ goes up because you are adding muscle—i.e. bulking up. In the second scenario, you are not changing your muscle bulk at all, but are rather just losing fat. In one case, bigger muscles does mean higher MQ, and in the second case, the muscle size doesn’t change and your MQ goes up simply because you are losing fat. So if you really want to make your MQ take off, then weight-lift and lose fat simultaneously.
Now things get a little more complex when you start comparing across different individuals. Let’s compare your friend “Jack” – a 280 pound, 6’3” football player with massive biceps, and your friend “Mark” – relatively thin, 170 pounds, 5’11, and he doesn’t have bulging biceps.
Jack and Mark measure themselves with the Skulpt Aim, and they both get a 115 biceps MQ score. How can it be possible that such different looking biceps could give such similar results?
Well, it’s again the concept of the ratio between muscle versus fat. While Mark’s biceps are considerably smaller than the football players’, Mark also has a lot less fat and so the actual muscle quality is very similar. But if Mark had the same amount of fat, Mark’s MQ would be much, much lower since his muscles are considerably smaller.
So in sum, don’t think of a higher MQ as meaning necessarily bigger muscles. Think of it as indicating exactly what it means: muscle quality. The higher your MQ the more of your muscle is actually muscle and not fat.
And one additional, related point: muscle quality is not only a measure of muscle versus fat. Other factors can also impact the MQ, such as fibrosis (or muscle disease for that matter, but we won’t get into that here). In fact, as we all age, muscles lose some of their natural elasticity as more and more connective tissue gets deposited in the muscle—this is especially true in people over 70 years of age. So even if your fat to muscle ratio really remains unchanged your MQ could start dropping over time just due to age. But this fact is reversible to some extent—exercise can help reverse this trend and keep your MQ nice and high even into ripe old age.