CAN MUSCLE TRANSFORM INTO FAT? Can muscle turn into fat? It sure looks like it can, but the reality is it can’t. When you have tight and defined muscles and you quit working out with weights or exercising at all in some cases, it seems like your hard muscle turns to flab. Remember muscle and fat are two different entities and one can not turn into another. What happens is when you stop exercising your muscle fibers grow smaller while your fat cells grow larger. With exercise, your muscles make the fibers grow but when you stop exercising, they reduce in size. Likewise, your body’s fat cells can change in size depending on how much fat each one stores. So to keep your body fit, healthy and strong, keep up your exercise and don’t let conditioned muscles become flabby!
DON’T CONFUSE HUNGER FOR THIRST Many times people think they’re hungry when actually they are just thirsty. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is a fundamental principle of weight loss. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that people who drink about 7 cups of water a day eat nearly 200 fewer calories than those who get less than a glass a day. The challenging part is to be sure to get enough throughout the day. Personally, I don’t really like water so I make drinking water a habit and do it without thinking about it. I always drink around 32 oz. in the morning when I work out and then at least one glass with each meal that I eat. I make it a point to get at least 8 glasses of water in a day. Most importantly, don’t confuse hunger for thirst. If you find yourself with hunger pangs, try drinking a glass of water first. 8 days ago
Just found a very helpful website on Glycemic Index. They have information on why the GI is important for health and they have a database that you can search the GI of different foods. Here is the link: http://www.glycemicindex.com/index.php
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