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The world of fitness involves more than a few trendy diets and workout routines. To achieve your goals, you will need to possess basic knowledge of your body and its biology so that you don’t buy into every myth you hear at the gym or read on the Internet.
The 3 Differences
Many people usually put gaining weight and building some brawn under the same category when they think about fitness goals. But the truth is that they are two very different processes that can go hand in hand only so far. Here are the three main differences between adipose tissue and muscle tissue to prove it.
1.Fat Can’t Become Muscle
One of the most common fitness myths is that weight training can turn fat straight into muscle. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth according to Jason Greenspan, a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. The two are separate types of tissue, which means that they are not interchangeable.
Thus, weight training or any other form of tailored exercise will help you beef up, which in turn stimulates your metabolism and helps with fat burning as well. For this reason, it might seem that one is replaced by the other, but such a concept is simply biologically impossible.
Therefore, if you were planning to gain weight fast at home only to turn it into sheer brawn afterward, you need to know right now that this isn’t possible. Still, if you’re planning on bulking up, then having fat to burn is essential, or else you might endanger your health. For this reason, most bodybuilding experts advise a period of indulgence before any intensive workout.
2.Fat Tissue Is Bulkier in Size
If you perform a quick Internet search on the whole fat versus muscle discussion, you will find countless people that claim that muscles are heavier than fat, which is why your scales might be cheating you on your weekly weighing. However, this is exactly the same thing as in the traditional one ton of feathers versus one ton of lead logic problem.
A pound will always be a pound, so one pound of fiber will always weigh the same as one pound of fat. And on top of that, the tissue itself is bulkier in the case of fat, meaning that it also occupies more space under the skin. Thus, a person who is 170 pounds and has 25% body fat will always look leaner than someone who weighs the same but with a 45% body fat index.
3.Muscles Burn More Calories
Muscular tissue is active by its very nature, while its adipose counterpart is not. This is why someone with a certain amount of mass can consume more calories and burn them off more efficiently than someone with an equivalent quantity of body fat. Simply put, people that are fit can afford a few cheat days here and there.
Furthermore, people who are in shape are able to maintain their slim figure at home as well. While burning off a large number of calories and fat is only possible through strict dieting and intensive training, when most of your body weight is made of pure fiber you can afford exercising in the privacy of our own living space and indulging on some chocolate after.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should take this for granted. Nobody is born naturally muscular, which means that you worked out a lot in the past to get to where you are today. After all, your metabolism can only do so much for you. Thus, if you’re already in shape and wish to stay that way, avoid becoming self-complacent or lazy.
The fact that you need to put on some weight so that you have something to burn during weight training will always be true. However, your fat doesn’t magically become muscle. Furthermore, adipose tissue is heftier in size than muscular one, meaning that you might stay the same weight, but look a lot leaner as a result of your workout.
Once you reach your goals, you will be able to eat a lot more than before and still maintain your figure. Nevertheless, don’t take it for granted because you’ve worked hard to come this far. Your metabolism will always help you, but you need to be in total control of your diet and routine as well.
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