April 12, 2008

dsc_01041.jpg  Fat and Muscle are two totally different things. One does not turn into the other and that old cliche is just an old wive’s tale. It always amazes me when people ask that question, but the truth is most people don’t understand the differences.

Let me give you this analogy. If you compared your muscle to a piece of lean steak you could then also compare the fat on your body to the white squishy stuff you cut off the steak. What happens as we age and in most cases become less active is that our muscles atrophy and shrink. With less activity and less muscle tissue our metabolism also drops, and we tend to grow a thicker layer of fat on our bodies, around our muscles and our organs. So you see, one doesn’t become the other. What usually happens is we just get fatter as we lose muscle through the normal process of aging. And, for that reason alone, working out with weights and staying active is great for all of us and it actually becomes even more important as we age. I like to say that working out is the closest thing to the fountain of youth we will ever have.

On the other two points I can’t really speak to much because I am not a doctor. I do believe though that with all of the medical and holistic progress we have made, I know that there are supplements that can help people deal with Arthritis so that they can lead healthy active lifestyles. Just one more reason why, it’s a great time to be alive. In closing, work out and stay active so that you can add life to your years and years to your life.


Denise Masino

3 Responses to “Does muscle turn to fat when you stop working out?”

  1. patrickfrombreda Says:

    Hey Denise,
    Nice story about muscle and fat.
    I have a question for you: do you have some advice / tips how to loose my belly. So it will get in shape.
    Its hard fo a man to loose his belly.
    Greetings Patrick from Breda

  2. Denise Says:

    Hello Patrick:
    Getting rid of body fat is actually not that hard to do. And yes that means getting rid of belly fat on a man or woman. I recommend 45-60 minutes per day of fast paced walking. Walking is an aerobic activity can will burn fat but it must be done for at least 45 minutes per day to get good, fast results. If you can, you should try to do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and when you blood sugar levels are naturally very low. Did I mention that I walk every day? Happy belly busting! xoxo Denise

  3. Denise Says:

    There’s always more to offer…