If you stop working out, muscle will turn into fat
Ridiculous folks! I can’t stand this myth, sometimes spread by people who should really know better. This is like saying that if you stop brushing your hair it will turn into skin. Muscles are made of cells called myocytes and fat is composed of adipocytes. One type of cell can not “turn into” another type of cell. When you exercise, especially resistance training, your myocytes get stronger and larger, but you don’t develop more of them. When you stop exercising, your muscle cells atrophy or shrink, getting smaller and weaker; they do not disappear. You have the same number of striated muscle cells you were born with. When you exercise, you burn fat (oversimplified) which causes your adiopse cells to shrink as the fat inside them is metabolized. You still have the same number of fat (adipose) cells, they are just smaller. When you stop working out, fat metabolism decreases and the adipose cells fill up with fat getting bigger and bigger. The average person has the same number of fat cells through their entire adulthood. Generally, a person does not develop additional fat cells until they have become morbidly obese which can trigger cells to proliferate (clone, reproduce, etc.) And the only way to decrease the number of fat cells you have is through liposuction…I strongly advise that you eat well and exercise rather than turning to surgical means of maintaining a healthy weight. Adipose cells have a great capacity to stretch and store fat, so even if you have less of them, you can still develop rolls or cellulite.