Clearing up 3 common myths about muscle
So the more muscle density (firmness) or muscle size, you have, then the more calories you will burn either doing nothing or exercising. So adding muscle makes sense to everyone because it makes losing weight and ultimately keeping it off easier but let’s clear up 3 common myths about muscle
When it comes to Building Muscle, More Protein Is Better
More is not better, it’s just more. Thirty grams of protein—about the size of your palm—of beef, pork, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, seafood, and/or eggs is the most you need at any given meal to build muscle, as this amount will give you approximately 8 grams of essential amino acids and about 2 grams of leucine. If you take in more than 30 grams at a meal, you won’t necessarily see greater growth. However, you could run the risk of gaining weight—fine if you’re bulking, but not so great if you’re trying to get lean while you build muscle—because the surplus protein will be stored. You ultimately end up eating a greater amount of calories, rather than being strategic with your macros.
If You Stop Working Out, Muscle Turns Into Fat
Muscle and fat are two completely different types of tissue, like oil and water, so muscle will not turn into fat, nor will fat turn into muscle. So when you stop working out the muscle tissue size can decrease if we don’t keep using it, and fat cells can increase in size, but one will not become the other.
If You Lift Weights, You Should Limit Carb Intake
Some believe if you limit your carb intake when lifting weights this will help with fat loss. Carbohydrates are not inherently fattening if you use the glucose they produce but if you consume excess calories, it’ll lead to weight gain either way. Even too much chicken can cause weight gain. Carbohydrates will fuel your muscles, so you can lift heavier weights and have more energy during your workouts. Further, whole grains, fruits, and certain vegetables—all categorized as carbs—are among the most health-promoting foods on the plant. So focus on the amount and frequency you consume for maximum gains in muscle and loss of body fat
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