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Can Muscle Turn Into Fat?
The short answer is no. Nor does fat turn into muscle. Fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. Muscle is mainly made up of proteins. Fat is adipose tissue. If you “used to be muscular“ and stopped exercising and or eating well, your skeletal muscle mass (SMM) will decrease and you’ll store more adipose. Your body composition will change.
A more pertinent question is how to increase your skeletal muscle mass which is very metabolically active even when you’re at rest.
You may have heard another popular saying: “Muscle weighs more than fat”. This is true, but let’s use weight to mean importance. Study after study has concluded that gaining more muscle is the proven means to a leaner end .
Many of you may have gained the Covid-10 due to 4-5 months of decreased or less-intense activity, increased cortisol levels caused by these stressful times; Or, let’s be honest, increased snacking and baking. However, the fat snuck up on you, learning how to get rid of it and keep it at bay is an indispensable next step.