Convert fat to muscle?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 03, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
    I understand that in order to make muscle while working out, one must consume the appropriate amount of daily calories to build muscle. Having said that, if one does not consume the requisite amount of daily calories, will the body seek fat stores to aid in building muscle (kinda like calories in reserve)?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 03, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    From what I know, fat cannot be turned into muscle, but if you diet and exercise properly, your body will learn to use fat for energy. And the more muscle you have,the more fat your body will burn at even a resting heart rate.

    If you try and build muscle without eating the right amounts of food, your body will actually eat it's own muscle to try and build new muscle, as it needs the proteins and amino acids to do so.

    Make sense?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 03, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    What he said. It is extraordinarily difficult to build muscle mass and lose fat at the same time. Most of the big people you see had to go through a period of mass gain, including some fat, and then cut back down to muscle.
    Intense aerobic sports will turn you into a fat-burning machine, but won't do much to add all-over muscle mass.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 03, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    On a cutting phase, how much muscle (%) would one expect to lose?

    I am currently 6'2" 190 at 12% bodyfat. Trying to get down to 10 to make things "pop". I don't really want to lose weight as opposed to fat%.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 03, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    I looked, but I just couldn't find the article I had that attempted to put some kind of % muscle loss on a cutting diet.
    General rule of thumb is that you should not attempt more than 2 lbs/week weight loss and make sure your diet is correct - enough protein to support what you already have.
    Sorry to have to be emphatic about it but you will always end up losing some muscle mass with your dieting. Just have a proper diet, continue to exercise, and be realistic about your goals. Even with a negligible loss of muscle, people will often think you look "bigger" because of the added definition.