Can You Turn Fat Into Muscle?
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Turning fat into muscle is a concept pushed heavily in fitness media without many indications. And this is the reason why budding and even experienced fitness enthusiasts, lifters and bodybuilders have grown and maintained a hoax that fat indeed can be converted into muscle. The facts, however, suggest otherwise.
No, you cannot turn fat into muscle. Fat is completely different bioactive compounds with it being made up of something you probably must've heard in your biology class as triglycerides.
Muscles, on the other hand, comprise of myofibrils. Long story short, fat and muscles are wildly different elements that make up your body and do not have the ability to be converted from one to another, directly.
But often this claim of swapping your fat for muscle brings about another important question - Is it even possible to burn fat and build muscle at the same time?
Ideally, focusing on 1 or the other at a time is better as they're optimised by completely opposite states. Like burning fat is advantageous upon the catabolic state to be it a calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories than you burn, shifting to fat as a predominant energy source.
Building muscle is enhanced in an anabolic state, involving consumption of more calories than what you would burn. Especially in protein paired with resistance training, the body signals muscle protein synthesis and produces new muscle tissues.
Based on this, it might sound that it is impossible to lose fat and build muscle at the same time.
But the good news is that it can be done!
It just takes more effort to bring about this simultaneous transformation in your body.
It just works in a special way.
In cases where a person is more than averagely overweight the transformation of fat to muscle is more apparent as the body is able to utilise it's stored nutrients to give energy and recovery that subjected to any form of physical activity.
This, however, is not the case for a person who is already fit as he/she might lack in terms of stored energy which the muscles might require during its hypertrophy phase.
Again let us shorten it down, it's easier for an overweight individual to convert their fat into muscles over an individual who already has muscles.
So in the end, the best strategy to implement and where the added effort is required is to use a modest calorie deficit may be no more than 3 to 4 into calories or so and keep your protein intake high hovering within the 1.5 g for a kilogram of body weight range.
More trained and lean individuals will require much more stringent calorie deficit with more protein but most importantly is the type of exercise they perform during this calorie deficit phase of theirs.
We hope, that we were able to create a vivid picture of making you get a clarity as to what's fat, and what's not.
Go ahead, get burning.