The Muscle and Fat Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately-Fitness
You’ve probably done a bit of research on how to build muscle and burn fat, but there’s a good chance you ran into some myths along the way. Let’s put those misconceptions to rest once and for all, so you can build a healthy, toned body without wasting time on BS.
Muscle Can Turn Into Fat, And Vice Versa
The two are entirely different tissues and can’t magically morph into each other. However, if you stop working out, your fat cells will get bigger and your muscle fibers will shrink which is why you may notice some extra jiggle.
Muscle Weighs More Than Fat
A pound of fat and a pound of muscle weight exactly the same. But-and this is where the confusion comes in-the volume of muscle is denser and more compact.
Eating Fat Makes You Fat
The opposite-healthy fat helps keep you lean. People eating a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and nuts lost more weight than those on a low-fat diet, The Lancet reports. “Eating more calories than you use each day will lead to fat storage,” says sports medicine physician Jordan Metzl, M.D.
You Can Spot-Reduce Fat
When your body needs energy, it pulls from all of your fat cells, not just the areas you want to target,” Olson says. In other words, to lose fat from any place, you have to lose fat from every place. Another sad truth: The first place where you gain fat typically is the last place you’ll lose it
You Can’t Gain Muscle and Lose Fat at the Same Time
To shed fat, you have to burn more calories than you take in. But when you do that, your body also burns some muscle. As a result, it’s common