Fat Loss and Muscle Gain part 1

The Science of Adding Muscle and Losing FModel of Human Muscle and Human Fatat

Losing fat can take time. You can diligently go to the gym for weeks and your weight on the scale will not change. The scale is an easy way to track progress toward your goals, but does not tell you everything you need to know. As you gain muscle, fat does not immediately go away. At first, you may have gained muscle, but not yet lost the fat. Fat sits right on top of the muscles, but the two are changed independently.

Muscle is improved first. Fat is slower to go away. Muscle is high maintenance. It is a stereotype to say overweight people are less active than fit people, but muscle tissue vs fat tissue is true to this stereotype.

Fat is a lazy tissue. It’s fine just being around. Muscle is an energetic tissue. It takes much more energy to maintain muscle than it does fat. The good news is that the more muscle you have, the faster you lose fat. You have to improve muscle first, and then fat will improve. Muscle needing more energy will start using the fat as fuel.

Muscle is improved upon by working the muscles in a way they are not used to. There is not a way to work on fat, except by gaining muscle and eating healthfully.

As you are working toward your weight loss goals, keep in mind your weight on the scale only tells a portion of the whole story. Much better tale-tells from your progress are: how do you feel and how do your clothes fit? You will feel better, have more energy, and be stronger much sooner than your weight changes on the scale. Your clothes will also fit better before anything changes on the scale.

If you don’t know where to start or are struggling with your goals, come talk to us at The Brickhouse Gym. We have many qualified professionals that can help you come up with different workout routines or show you a more efficient way of planning your workouts to reach your goals.

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