A: "I’ve been going to the gym and I’ve actually put on weight. Is this my fat turning to muscle?"
Jeremy, via email
Nutritionist Claire Turnbull responds:
A: "There are some important things you need to know about fat and muscle. Fat is fat and muscle is muscle; they are separate things and can’t be converted from one to the other. And a kilo is a kilo, whatever it is made up of; but muscle is more dense than fat, which means it takes up less space. So if you’re gaining muscle and losing fat, you’ll look slimmer, even if the scales say otherwise. If you’re going to the gym and putting on weight while eating the same amount of food, it’s likely to be because you’re building muscle but not burning fat. If your weight stays the same, but you look and feel slimmer, you’ve probably lost fat and gained muscle in similar proportions. To reduce fat, you need a healthy diet and to do kilojoule-burning exercises."