A lot of people believe that muscle can turn into fat, or fat can turn into muscle. This opinion is often one of the untrained athletes. They will see a person who used to be fat and out of shape reduce their body fat levels and increases their muscle mass and believes that the fat this person once had has turned into muscle.
Alternatively, you may see a guy who use to be muscular but has lost the motivation to train on a consistent basis and therefore has gained a bit of weight. The obvious assumption is to think that his hard-earned muscle has suddenly turned into fat.
Is this really true? Does muscle turn into fat once we stop training?
Of course, it doesn’t. The thought of muscle turning into fat is laughable. I mean seriously, what people are constantly spreading this myth around the gyms? I can take a good guess. However, I won’t criticize people for thinking this because in a way I can understand it. If you see a guy with a tremendous amount of muscle mass who suddenly gains weight and loses muscle definition the most simple explanation is that his muscle turned into fat. This, however, is not true.
Muscle cannot turn into fat nor can fat turn into muscle, however, if you want to gain muscle you must gain weight.
Why Muscle Cannot Turn Into fat – it’s pretty simple.
Muscle cannot turn into fat because muscle and fat are two entirely different types of body tissue. Muscle tissue and fat also have entirely different cell structures. The fact that they are so different makes it impossible for one to turn into another.
So Why Do Muscular People Always End Up Overweight When They Stop Training?
Athletes or bodybuilders who have built up a significant amount of muscle mass over the years will often gain weight when they stop training. Not all of them but some of them.
Did their muscle turn into fat?
Muscle cannot turn into fat, it’s simply not possible. Here’s why muscular people, athletes or bodybuilders often end up looking overweight or fat. When an individual trains to build muscle they are sending signals to the muscle to grow bigger and stronger. Calorie intake (weight gain) is increased to help support muscle growth as is protein intake.
Additional calories are used to promote muscle growth. When you stop training your calorie intake does not need to be as high as it was when you were training. People often neglect this and will consume the same number of calories each day as they did when training to build muscle. Since your body no longer needs these additional calories guess what happens? That’s right, it gets stored as fat and you put on weight.
If training and diet is neglected your muscles will shrink and you will put on weight. This is the top reason why muscular people put on fat when they stop training. It is not because their muscle turns to fat, it’s because they eat too much when they stop training.
If you stop training then you need to reassess your calorie intake for each day. Lower your calories and find your maintenance level to ensure you don’t gain too much fat.
So How Do Fat People Put On Muscle?
Now you know the real reason muscular people often end up putting on weight and body fat, your probably wondering how fat people look like they have turned fat into muscle. Again, turning fat into muscle is not possible as they are two different tissues. However, the reason people think this is simply because the fat person has lost a lot of weight.
Two things happen when someone loses a lot of weight. For one, the person appears a lot more fitter and healthier. Also, when a fat person loses a lot of weight their muscle definition begins to reveal itself, creating the illusion of muscle growth.
Depending upon where you lose fat, your muscles are likely to become a lot more visible due to the layer of fat around them being removed. People who have no knowledge of bodybuilding or weight loss will jump to the conclusion that this person has turned his fat into muscle. Not true. Your diet and exercise regime is your number one tools when it comes to achieving the physique you want. You cannot turn muscle into fat and you sure as hell cannot turn fat into muscle.
The only way to create this illusion is through your training and diet. Work hard in the gym, be consistent and discipline yourself to stick to a solid diet and you have every chance of achieving a fantastic physique.