by Antonio Sini

Myth: A pound of muscle looks the same as a pound of fat.

Truth: Not true! Muscle tissue is denser than fat tissue. That means that, pound for pound, fat takes up more space in your body. So, as your body composition changes from more fat to greater muscle mass, you might not see the dial on the scale move as much as you like, but you’ll feel and see the difference. Check out the accompanying video for a more in depth explanation.

Myth: If you exercise regularly, you can turn your fat into muscle.

Truth: Muscle and fat are two completely different things, like teeth and skin. You can’t make one turn into the other. If you exercise with cardio only and don’t do any resistance (weight) training you can lose fat and gain a little bit of muscle tone, but in fact you’re burning muscle tissue along the way to provide energy for your cardio. That’s why it’s important to incorporate weight training into any weight loss and exercise routine.

Myth: If I quit lifting weights, my muscles will turn to fat.

Truth: Like the myth above, this one is also not true. Muscle cannot turn into fat or vise versa. If you stop resistance training you will lose muscle, which causes your metabolism to slow down. This is where the myth comes from.  As your metabolism slows down it becomes harder for the body to burn off excess fat. 

Lean muscle is vital to a healthy body.  If you feel like you’re in a rut with your exercise routine, feel free to get in touch with us here at Nimble FitnessWe can help recharge your muscle building regimen.