Does exercise turn fat into muscle?

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No, exercise does not turn fat tissue into muscle tissue. The anatomy of fat and muscle have completely different cellular structure. When we exercise or reduce our food intake excess fat is used for energy and is slowly depleted from the body. At the same time, exercise will cause muscle to hypertrophy (get bigger). This gives the appearance that fat is being turned in to muscle, but it is not. It is simply, fat being removed and muscle being added.

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The idea that exercise can convert fat into muscle is a persistent myth. Fat will never be muscle, no matter how much you exercise. This is because exercise cannot turn one type of cell (fat) into another (muscle). But exercise, particularly strength training helps you build muscle, which helps you burn more calories and lose fat.

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