I’m sure your wondering about the myth of how you turn fat into muscle successfully?
Unfortunately that is just what it is, a myth!.
Many health and fitness magazines would have you believe that it is a completely viable thing to do, as outrageous as this is, sadly many people get drawn in by it and will go out and buy this magazine only to be in the same position as they were in 6 weeks prior, this situation will only leave you frustrated and sad at the certain lack of results, even though this i
s one big lie they are shoveling down people’s throats it sells magazines in a big way so they will continue to do so.
Muscle mass and bodyfat are two completely different beasts, muscle is tissue in your body that burns calories all day long even when your asleep, imagine an engine just ticking over. As you move around through the day performing various tasks your muscles will consume more calories to fuel your body’s needs.
Fat however is just a storage of excess energy that hasn’t been successfully used, this does nothing for you other than create that horrible bit of flab you just cannot shift around your waist, bodyfat does not serve much purpose as far as being useful to your survival, it does provide spare calories in times of hardship and a bit of padding but of course you do need some bodyfat in order to be healthy, unless your skeleton is showing through and all your old clothes hang off of you, you probably don’t have anything to fear.
Getting Down To Business
Now we know the difference between the two let’s start getting this sorted: Getting rid of that excess bodyfat and building up your muscles. Sadly it is near on impossible to achieve both goals at the same time. This is because in order to achieve an efficient fat burn, your body requires much less calories, muscle growth on the other hand requires an abundance of calories in the body, the same as if you were building a new extension on your house with extra materials being required.
As well as this you need to consider insulin in your body, this is a key component of muscle growth, but is the satan of fat loss and this chemical is released by your body everytime you eat carbs (this is entirely dependent on the type of carbs eaten and the amount). Focus on either muscle growth or fat loss first and then conquer your other challenge at a later date.
You should really start by trying to gain some more muscle, this will mean eating extra calories and consequently more carbs, you will have to accept the fact that you might gain a few unwanted pounds of blubber during this process. You shouldn’t worry however as long as you keep it in check, train heavy and eat healthy bodybuilding foods such as pasta, tuna, rice and chicken etc. but avoid junkfood, sweets and alcohol at all costs.
When you have acheived your goal of adding a few pounds of muscle to your frame it is now time to diet away some of that excess weight you gained during the process.
Keep a daily log of what you have eaten and keep a watchful eye on your eating patterns and adjust as neccessary to achieve 500 calories less consumed than you burn every day. This is where the benefits of gaining some extra muscle come into play.
As we looked at before, your muscles burn calories 24 hours a day, the bigger your mass, the more calories your body will burn off without you even doing a thing!. This translates into a more lenient diet.
As an example if your added muscle mass burns 300 calories a day on it’s own, that means you can eat an extra 300 calories a day and still lose bodyfat!
Keep Your Protein Up
As you start to lose bodyfat on your new diet, make sure you keep your protein levels up, keep hitting the weights as you did before, this is the best form of defense against losing all that hard earned muscle, suddenly changing your diet will make your situation worse not better, the true goal is to slowly reduce your fat and keep the muscle you have gained.
After a few months have passed, you should have lost between 10 and 15 lbs in bodyfat, if you did this right, you should have kept all that muscle you gained before the diet.
I hope you achieve the goals you are wanting and that this short guide has disproved the myth of how you turn fat into muscle, Please feel free to comment below.