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Home Training Training Advice- Q & A Is It Possible to Turn Muscle Into Fat?

Is It Possible to Turn Muscle Into Fat?

Is It Possible to Turn Muscle Into Fat?


Mark Dilworth, certified personal trainer and former NCAA D1 athlete, answers one of his client's questions:


Client Question: I used to have a pretty muscular body when I was at age 41, because I have't been exercising, alot of my muscles have turned into fat. What can I do to change my body?


Mark's Answer: First, muscle never changes into body fat. Because you are inactive, your muscles have lost mass. And, your fat cells were still there although they had shrunk. So, now the fat cells are taking over! Also, your metabolism begins to slow down in your thirties. Your metabolism will slow down even more because you are also losing muscle mass. In your early thirties, you can begin to lose as much as one-half pound of muscle each year. Inactivity will make this problem even worse. Remember, muscle mass speeds up your metabolism because your body has to work harder to maintain muscle mass. So, you begin to lose muscle mass and gain body fat. 

Lean body mass can be maintained/increased (and body fat decreased) throughout your life through exercise and weight training. Thirty-five to 50 daily calories are burned by one pound of muscle. Weight training also helps to keep your bones strong (preventing osteoporosis).

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