Can You Actually Turn Fat into Muscle?

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In a word… no.
Simply put, your body can’t turn fat into muscle. And the reverse is also true; Your body can’t turn muscle into fat, either. The reason? Fat and muscle are two different types of tissue and one cannot be converted directly into the other.

In order to make sure you lose fat without also losing muscle, you have to eat the right foods. If you cut your calorie intake and don’t eat enough protein, weight loss can result in a decrease in not only fat, but also muscle.

To lose fat, you have to lose weight, and losing weight requires burning more calories than you consume.

If you want to know the science of what happens to fat then watch this great TEDx video –

I’m sure some of you will have seen the image below before. It’s a popular messaging tool used by fitness and wellness professionals to help emphasise the fact that you can shrink as a person without seeing your weight drop (or drop at the rate you’d like).

Phil Jones

Phil gained his personal training diploma in 2006. This proved to be a springboard for a Kaizen approach to both mental and physical development in the field of health and fitness. Studies and training have taken him all over the world and his work experience in fitness is vast. He constantly strives to push new limits and get better at everything he does. Having competed in sports as varied as Athletics, Kettlebell Sport, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it was an evolutionary process that lead him to Crossfit. Crossfit’s very definition (constantly varied functional movement) ensures that his sessions are interesting and highly effective. Fave Film: Dumb & Dumber. Fave Food: Rib eye, then some Ice Cream (once in while obviously!)