There is a huge misconception that makes the rounds every once in a while and it has to do with the notion that it is possible to convert fatty tissue into muscle. This misconception probably stems from the observations that people make when a previously plump person manages to shed off the fat and replace it with muscle mass. The assumption is that the fat was transformed into muscle.

This notion is very far from the facts. What is factual is that to gain muscle mass you must first lose fat. The other fact states that muscle mass is only acquired as part of a gradual process. From the fundamental point of view you will appreciate that fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. The fatty tissue is basically non-functional and it cannot be flexed. On the other hand, muscle is made of functional and lean tissue that can be flexed thoroughly. It is therefore virtually impossible to convert one into the other and vice versa.

Another angle from which this argument can be placed is by considering what the muscles are composed of.

The building blocks and repair units of the muscles are the proteins. The only source of proteins is from the food that you eat on a daily basis. Once you eat food that contains protein, it is broken down into the small basic units called amino acids. It is in this form that the protein is able to enter the cells. Once inside the cell, the amino acids are reconstituted into proteins which are then used to build muscle.

What do proteins do in the body? The following are some key roles played by proteins:

* They are the main ingredient needed in the growth and maintenance of body tissue. This includes the muscles.

* They participate in hormonal regulation

* They help maintain the body water balance

* They act as a source of energy and they also play a role in mitigating the risks of contracting diseases

Fats on the other hand are necessary for a totally different purpose. Among the roles they play is the insulation of the body and its organs from both cold and injury. Fats act as padding for the internal organs and the bone frame. They participate in transport of oxygen and they are vital in hormone production. Energy can be derived from fats. Fats are needed in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Fats and proteins are therefore two different entities. They are not aligned in any way. The processes involved in fat loss and gain are completely independent of the process of creating and losing of protein. The only possibility that fat can be of help in the creation of muscle, albeit indirectly, is when they are used as a source of additional energy to fuel the body through the rigorous and strenuous weightlifting exercises. Fat can be lost by:

* Reducing the amount of calories ingested

* Embarking on a cardio and anabolic training regimen

Once this is done you can think about increasing the muscle mass. Increase the amount of calories accordingly and then get serious with a thorough weight training regimen that will increase your strength and muscle.