You can definitely build muscle while having excess fat - they are separate tissues, and fat does not inhibit muscle growth.
However, if you are at a calorie deficit to lose fat, it can be very difficult to gain muscle at the same time, because muscle gain requires a caloric surplus (although some find that they get some newbie growth when they first start engaging in strength training).
It's very beneficial to do activities that will help you gain, or at least maintain, muscle mass while you lose fat, but don't hold out a lot of hope of being able to put on much muscle - not because of the fat, but because of the calorie deficit.
Absolutely, you can build muscle under fat. In fact, people who start off heavier tend to start off with more muscle - simply because it takes more muscle to manoeuvre (sp?) a 250 pound body than a 150 pounds body.
Now, if you're eating fewer calories than you burn, you won't gain muscle (at least, not after the first month) but you can make your existing muscle work more efficiently and convince your body to give up fat rather than muscle. So, you'll be stronger and healthier and have a higher metabolism than if you'd just dieted and let your body "burn" your muscle.
Sure. Carrying around extra body fat could be seen as a form of "weightlifting, " and you may notice that you lose strength as you lose fat, because you're not "working out" as much, which is why weight training is recommended as part of the thinning-down process.
Yes you have more muscle then them. You've also built up the muscle strength. Want to see those muscles? Diet of more proteins to carbs, low fats will help. and keep close eye on the calories as well.
Check out natural body building sites and their diets. While they may be extreme you will find great ideas to change out your diet and find the foods that will feed the muscles versus the fat.
If you use a muscle, it becomes stronger. Basic fact. And it's ALWAYS true, even if you have many layers of fat over it. The fat makes it harder te see and measure, though.
Incidentally, but important, activity also increases capilaries and blood flow. This brings more oxygen to muscles, and increases endurance.
And a nice benefit, muscle burns fat more efficiently. So a diet works BETTER when you're also working to build muscle.
Hope that helps.
Original Post by terri_:
If you use a muscle, it becomes stronger. Basic fact.
Close, if you adequately challenge a muscle it becomes stronger. I use lots of muscles to tie my shoes, but they aren't getting any stronger by doing that.
Thanks guys! This is really helpful and gives me some hope. I don't have that far to go and I'm just going to focus on building muscle and eating right and looking less at the scale, because I probably already have kind of a weird muscle-to-fat ratio. I guess if I want an accurate reading of how much fat I have I should get it measured with those awkward caliper things, but I'd rather find out after I've gone down another pantsize or two...humor at a funeral humor via schumer box humor as a defense mechanism humor genre humor latin humor poems humor reddit humor at work quotes humor by country humor on social media smysl pro humor anglicky humor magazine since 1952 rhumor medical rumors humor me humor quotes in born a crime humor against humanity humor by the book.com humor into urdu humor of the day quotes coping through humor chamorro grill dhumorna goddess rumohra adiantiformis humor about getting old humor clipart humor etymology humor quiz humor at work have humor but without folly humor by association voetbal inside humor humor off color humor you humor zabava big humor about life where is aqueous humor humor into a noun incorporate humor into lessons humor of a country lawyer humor through tough times drive thru humor how to improve wit and humor närhet till humor chamorro language schumer age zhumor instagram zhumor sk instagram humor antonyms humor examples humor in spanish humor kalaset humor me meaning humor me movie humor about life ethnic humor around the world humor at the expense of others is called where is vitreous humor located humor on you tube out humor definition humor publication since 1952 ghumarwin schumer net worth tumor markers zhumor textove vtipy humor gif humor journal humor movies humor therapy humor ya books incorporate humor into lessons humor on the internet humor nexzdas pro bluetooth what is humor in the body humor without words without humor we are all dead humor writing prompts humor x afeto humor x ironia humor z zeszytów szkolnych alfabetycznie humor about forgetting humor about cancer humor around meaning humor as a core value humor during interview humor off humor on netflix humor on you tube humorbagel humor cristiano humor halloween costumes rumor has it humor louisiana humor synonym what does it mean to humor yourself humor during difficult times quotes reader's digest humor opposite of humor meaning humor to deflect trauma humor without being offensive cuento de humor tumor symptoms humor good morning tuesday humor helps us cope with stress humor seriously quiz humor at work ted talk humor at a funeral humor during pandemic where does vitreous humor come from humor on resume sa pro humor coping through humor humor to fight the tumor 2021 humor with a sneer humor in advertising humor on linkedin humor definition literature humor personality test humor till barn humor with a sneer kumoricon humor code humor about time humor as a rhetorical device humor of christ humor magazine since 1952 jumorrow johnson rumor has it lyrics humor genre books humor life quotes humor logo humor of the eye humor personality humor verb humor vs satire humor differences between cultures what humor me means humor during pandemic good humor near me jump rope humor books humor styles humor writing contests 2021 humor zyra havmor ice cream near me humor of christ humor on aging humor with animals chamorro grill dhumorna humor zodiac signs dark humor among us names polvo do humor among us humor at a funeral vitreous humor behind retina hiding behind humor humor differences between cultures difference between humor and laughter humor by the book facebook humor for seniors humor fish out of water smysl pro humor anglicky humor without folly schumer net worth humor advertising humor research humor reddit humor x ironia humor y chistes humor about cancer sense of humor among nurses psychology behind humor humor contra vox humor contra los complejos femeninos humor during difficult times humor from my pain what forms the aqueous humor dark humor like food