Losing weight and converting fat into muscle requires a dose of will, sacrifice and effort, and is mainly based on changing eating habits, in addition to dedicating ourselves to a more active and even sporting life. But more important is to learn what this means. There are many people who seek the shortest way to lose some pounds and believe in a myth that has been in the fitness world for a long time: converting fat into muscle.
It’s possible? Not really. Various doctors and nutritionists, specialists who really know about this, argue that it is physiologically impossible to transform fat into muscle, since the cells that compose them are very different from each other. It’s like expecting the overweight we want to lose to turn into strength overnight.
Fat and muscle mass have different tissues and different molecular structures. Converting from one to another is impossible. Of course, this myth claims to have a solid foundation, which states that the weight that is lost with the consumption of fat is compensated by an increase in muscle mass. However, this is practically impossible, since the body has an average capacity to generate around 2 kg/5lbs of muscle mass in 12 months, while, on average, the same amount of fat is consumed in a week.
They are not the same
It is important to differentiate on the forms that the body muscles has: skeletal, cardiac (heart) and smooth (intestine). The first one, skeletal, enables voluntary movement of the body and is attached to the bones by the tendons.
The main general functions of skeletal muscle are: movement, heat production and posture and is composed of three muscle fibers called microfibers, which are divided into long chains of amino acids, fundamental components of proteins and which have only one component in their chemical structure, nitrogen. Meanwhile, body fat, or also known adipose tissue, has triglycerides, made up of glycerol and three chains of fatty acids. Although there are different types of body fat, they all have a composition based on carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in common.
So how do I build muscles?
If your goal is to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, then you should do exercises that help you build strength. The key is to combine intense physical activity with a high protein diet, which will allow the construction of new cells through the synthesis of molecular proteins.
Should you include protein in a balanced diet? A resounding yes. The muscle is formed thanks to a good diet in dietary nitrogen, which is present in practically all protein foods. These proteins are transformed into amino acids that later promote an increase in muscle mass.