It’s that time of year again. The turkey leftovers have quickly disappeared and the break room at work is looking awfully bare without its mountain of Christmas cookies. With the holiday treats and desserts, it’d seem as if you were preparing for hibernation. But as you look down at the numbers on the scale and observe the extra pounds you gained these past couple of months, it seems like the perfect time to join that health fitness club. As New Year’s approaches, you may decide to make it a resolution to lose weight in the next year. So how do you make your resolution a reality? By staying clear of the follow fitness myths.
Myth One: Muscle turns into fat
What was once a six-pack of lean muscle may have turned into a six-pack of a beer gut as the holidays hit and the beach and bikini season seemed more distant. So what happened to that muscle once exercise ceased and the smell of gingerbread cookies hot off the oven arrived?
University of Rhode Island kinesiology professor Matthew Delmonico said people often think that muscle turned into fat, one of the bigger myths persisting in the fitness industry.
“They are two different tissues. When you lose muscle, it has an impact on metabolism and you don’t have the ability to use up all of the calories you’re eating so it’s easier to gain fat. When you’re not exercising as much you’re going to lose muscle. It’s a cycle that occurs,” Delmonico said.
So as people switch from the gym to the couch, they make think their muscle turned to fat, but in reality, the muscles shrank, leaving more room for fat tissue.
Personal trainer for the South County Adventure Boot Camp for Women Ryan Bate also said muscle does not turn into fat.
“If you stop exercising and you’re nutrition is bad, you’re going to put on body fat. It’ll mask the muscle, but the muscle will still be there,” Bate said.
Bate explained that since the muscle is still there, when a person starts exercising again they quickly become fit again, because of the muscle memory.