Exercise Myth Busters #29

If you stop working out your muscles will turn into fat.

Muscle and fat are two distinct tissues that cannot be converted from one to the other. If you stop exercising your muscle tissue will shrink (atrophy), which means it may feel like fat but in actual fact your muscles have lost tone and decreased in overall size. Also, when muscles become smaller they do not need as many calories to function, which means your metabolism slows down and your required number of daily calories is also reduced which will have an overall effect on your body fat and weight if you do  not alter your diet to adjust for the lower muscle mass and decreases eneergy expenditure.

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