Where does your fat go when you lose weight?

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In recent days, most people are more engaged in weight loss activities to help avert the risks of contracting various weight-related complications such as heart complications, obesity, arthritis and blood pressure. Some of the weight loss exercises include routine physical exercises, healthy dieting and use of weight loss supplements such as phentaslim. Most people are only concerned with losing weight without minding where the fat you lose goes. Physical exercises help in burning calories in the body hence reducing general body fat percentage.

To understand where the fat you lose during the weighting process goes you have to comprehend the complex metabolic process. Your body uses fat as a means of storing excess energy. During a workout session, your body converts stored fat into energy, and the energy is used by your muscles and other tissues of your body. Like other cells, when fat cell are deprived of the fat they shrink. The process of converting the stored fat into energy produces heat and other waste products. The heat produced helps in maintaining your body temperature whereas the waste products (water and carbon dioxide) are excreted in your sweat and urine or exhaled from your lungs.

The weight loss process

Weight loss is both a mental and physical process. Weight loss is as a result of your body using more calories than you are consuming. Even at rest, your body still burns calories to drive various physiological processes in your body. Also, through the use of your muscles and engaging in activities, it helps in burning excess calories in the body. All processes in your body including thinking and the digestion process require energy obtained from burning calories.

Calories are the main factor that contributes to fat build up in the entire body. Since calories are taken in through eating food, the first step of weight loss is reducing the amounts you take into the body through feeding. This creates a caloric deficit. Engaging in routine physical exercise is the most effective and variable way of toning your body weight and directly influences your dieting habits. Creation of caloric deficit forces the body to turn to stored energy to meet the body’s caloric needs. The only source of body’s stored energy is stored fats. As the body turns to stored fats for energy due to caloric deficit, the fat reserves eventually depreciate leading to the process of weight loss.

Creation of caloric deficit is extremely difficult because the body must have a caloric deficit of approximately three thousand and five hundred to lose one pound of stored fat. Fat is stored in cells called adipocytes. The number of adipocytes remains constant no matter the amount of fat your body stores at different times. The body may create more adipocyte cells in case of drastic fat increases, but it would never destroy those cells even after the body’s reserves start to deplete. These cells only shrink rather than being destroyed.

The metabolic process involved in converting fat into energy

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As we engage in physical exercises, take weight loss supplements and exercise healthy dieting, we believe that we are burning excess fat in the body. Scientifically, it is wrong to say that you are burning fat or the body convert’s excess fat into energy. According to scientists, that would violate the law of conservation of mass. The scientist believes that losing weight is losing a few atoms in the body rather than turning those atoms into energy. The scientist perceives that for every ten pounds of fat lost, 8.4 are exhaled as carbon dioxide while the rest are converted into water that the body excretes as urine, tears or sweat.

Most people do not understand the metabolic process involved in excess weight loss. Although it is a complex process, there is a scientific explanation to where the fat you lose goes rather than simply saying it is converted into energy. At first, excess proteins and carbs are converted into triglycerides. This is a chemical compound that consists of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. This compound is stored in the fat cells’ lipid droplets. Basically, by attempting to lose weight you are also attempting to metabolize those triglycerides thus unlocking the carbon stored in the fat cells. For clarity, to lose ten kilograms of fat requires the inhalation of twenty-nine kilograms of oxygen and producing eleven kilograms of water and twenty-eight kilograms of carbon dioxide. In this entire process, the lung is the primary excretory organ for weight loss.


Excess weight may be a source of great stress and anxiety among many people. Therefore, most people are constantly trying to engage in activities that boost their weight loss efforts. Excess body fat is associated with various diseases such as arthritis, heart complications, blood pressure diabetes and obesity. Most people do not understand where the fat goes after losing weight. The process of weight loss can be explained scientifically by understanding the weight loss process and the metabolic processed involved in weight loss. Scientifically, weight is lost as both gas and water. Most of the weight is exhaled as carbon dioxide while the rest is excreted as water in urine, sweat and tears.

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