It’s an exciting time in the body image world. While it’s always been acceptable for men to be muscular, it’s now a goal for many women – yay progress! But there are still quite a few myths floating around about muscle, and we're going to bust them for you today.
Lifting makes you bulky. This is obviously more of a concern for women...but it
shouldn't be! Lifting creates definition and increases your metabolism so you're burning more even at rest. We often hear, "If you stick with lighter weights, you will build lean muscle." There is no such thing as "lean muscle" or "bulky muscle" - muscle is muscle. The only way "bulking" happens is if you 1) eat and lift specifically for it or 2) if you don't attend to your diet. Most of what we talk about with bulking is a result of adding muscle, but not losing the fat on top. If you pay attention to your overall health - including your diet - this isn't a concern.
If you stop exercising, your muscle will turn to fat. This is a physiological impossibility. If you stop exercising, your muscle mass and metabolic rate will decrease, but because muscle and fat are two different tissues, one cannot turn into the other. That goes for turning fat into muscle too. Inevitably, when you stop exercising muscle loss and fat gain occur, which is probably why this idea because popular.
A pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat. A pound is a pound no matter what it's made of: muscle, fat, or broccoli. BUT, a pound of muscle is far more dense, meaning it takes up way less space. This is why taking measurements beyond the scale is crucial!
Well, there you have it! Three of the common myths about muscle - busted! Were you guilty of buying into any of these? Of course, if you have questions or want support building some awesome muscles and losing fat, shoot us a message!