Updated: August 26, 2011

Q: I haven't worked out in a year, so I think some of my muscle has turned to fat. I want to lose the fat before I start building muscle again. How do I do that?

A: Your muscles may have atrophied, but they haven't turned to fat. "Muscle and fat are two separate and distinct types of tissue," says Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. "Muscle can't turn into fat any more than wood can turn into metal. But as muscles shrink because of inactivity, fat can fill the space where the muscles used to be, giving the mistaken impression that the muscles have turned to fat."

Start your new program with both cardiovascular exercise and weight training, Bryant advises. As you develop more muscle relative to fat, you'll notice more tone and definition, he says. "A pound of muscle will take up far less area than a pound of fat. So you'll look better even though your weight may not necessarily change."

Advertisement


Comments (3)

Anonymous
November 26, 2018
Wanna increase muscle size, strength and performance ? i found this powerful product that is a safe, legal and side effect free i tried it myself and it realy shows good results for more info check in here -> bulkm.net
Anonymous
October 28, 2018
hey i found a rapid weight loss program that can help you lose up to 23 pounds of pure body fat in just 3 weeks!!! watch this video here -> 3weeksdiets.net
Anonymous
October 22, 2018
Did you know there’s a “deep detox” you can do first thing in the morning to burn more fat? you can burn 1.2lbs daily and It only takes 13-seconds! watch this video : flatbelydetox.net