What Happens To the Fat When You Lose Weight?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the fat you burn?
The current focus the world over is on getting fit – and losing those extra pounds. And quite a lot of people have taken to the gym or to other forms of physical activity or workouts to burn off all the extra weight that they carry around. Not only does this extra weight bog you down, it also leads on to a number of health risks. If we were to list just a few:
• Type 2 diabetes – this is one really bad disease with no known cure. All you can do is managing and management
isn’t easy. Plus the disease really takes its toll on your body.
• Coronary heart disease – as anyone will know heart disease is a bog no-no. It is the one thing no one wants to
develop or inherit!
• Sleep apnea – while this may not seem like such a serious condition, the fact is quite different. Inadequate sleep
can lead to much greater health complications.
• Strokes and hypertension – we needn’t really expand on these – they are things everybody is scared of!
So – naturally, the right thing to do is to try and lose the weight. Ideally, you lose the weight in fat and gain in muscle. Now, when you do lose weight, the question is – where does the fat go?
First we’ll look at what doesn’t happen:
• Fat does not get converted to muscle, as some people mistakenly believe.
• Fat is not burned to produce heat and energy for your body to function – your body does not need and cannot
utilize quite that much of energy – so that does not happen either.
• There is also a belief that the fat is actually broken down and excreted by the body – but recent research has
disproved that as well…
So, what actually happens? We’ll try and explain that to you now.
What happens to the fat you ‘burn’?
When you gain weight, it is actually gained from carbohydrates (again, the misconception is that the majority of fat is gained from fat. But this isn’t true). Carbs are the easiest to metabolize of all the food groups. A part of it is readily burned for energy. But all the excess is converted to something called triglycerides. These are actually cells made up of the oxygen, carbon and hydrogen that were contained in the carbohydrate. And this is the basic unit of fat.
Now, when you exercise or do other things to burn fat, what really happens is that these cells of triglycerides actually get broken down. This releases the contained carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Now most people thing that what actually happens is that the fat cells break down and get released through urine or sweat. But here’s where the actual facts differ.
The released materials are in two forms – a lot of carbon and some water. While the water (which is actually less than half of the amount of carbon) is released through sweat, tears, urine, water vapor in your breath and feces. But the major excretion happens through another organ totally – and those are your lungs!
That’s right; the released carbon is lost through your lungs. In fact, recent studies have shown that when you are trying to lose 10 kg of fat, you actually need to inhale 29 kgs. of oxygen. The oxygen helps to ‘metabolize’ the released gasses, producing 11kgs of water (only) and 28 kgs. of carbon-dioxide, which you exhale.
So, the next time, keep in mind – you are losing the weight because you are breathing along with working out. Don’t overdo it though, since that will lead to hyperventilation and dizziness. But get your fair share of inhaling good and clean air and see how easily you lose weight!http://aartiinformatics.com/health/fitness/what-happens-to-the-fat-when-you-lose-weight/http://aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/lose-fat.jpghttp://aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/lose-fat-300x300.jpgFITNESSburn fat,extra weight bog you down,lose the weight,lose weight,losing those extra pounds,What happens to the fat you burn,where does the fat goHave you ever wondered what happens to the fat you burn? The current focus the world over is on getting fit – and losing those extra pounds. And quite a lot of people have taken to the gym or to other forms of physical activity or workouts to burn off...MarieLe ConteMarieLe Contemarieleconte@aol.comAuthorMarie Le Conte is a professional writer with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a huge passion in literature magazines and her work has appeared in a variety of publications. She spend her free time in puppy play, and music.Aarti Informatics