When We Lose Weight, Where Does the Fat Go?

With all the obsession with diets and losing weight, it’s a wonder no one really asks where does it all go when we actually lose it? Some people think fat turns into muscle, which is impossible, and others assume it simply escapes via the colon. Again, not the case. The most common misconception by far, is that fat is converted to energy.
So if not to the muscles, the loo, or energy, where does fat go?
According to theconversation.com, the correct answer is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat.
If you lose 10kg of fat, precisely 8.4kg comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6kg turns into water. In other words, nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled.
This is quite surprising, and it’s definitely not an answer people would think of. However, almost everything we eat comes back out via the lungs.
So the first thing that comes to mind, is meditation and yoga. The better you breathe, the more fat you exhale. Right?
The only way you can consciously increase the amount of carbon dioxide your body is producing is by moving more. The research out of the University of New South Wales explained that by simply going for a walk (or doing active household tasks like vacuuming and sweeping) triples your metabolic rate and as a result, you exhale out more carbon dioxide.<
So, consuming a diet that supplies less fuel than you burn (via huffing and puffing), will get that fat loss happening, but what about those stubborn fat cells?
When we lose fat, we are not losing fat cells. As you lose weight, the fat cells lose weight too. BUT, the fat cells themselves never leave your body. That’s why it’s so easy to put weight back on as soon as you start moving less and eating more.
So, the lesson to take home is this: Maintaining a healthy relationship with food and moving regularly is (and always has been) the best way to manage your weight and your health, for life.

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