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Do you know what happens to your body fat when you lose weight?



There is no denying that weight loss is all about creating a calorie deficit. You lose weight when you burn more calories for energy than you consume it. But have you ever wondered what happens to the body fat after you lose weight? Do you sweat it out, release it through your urine or breathe it out? Let’s uncover this mystery.

Where does the fat disappear?
Glucose is the primary source of energy for our body, which is stored as glycogen in two places- liver and muscles. Our body first burns the stored glycogen for energy and when it is exhausted (after about 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise) it starts to burn the fat. Fat from foods is stored in our body as triglycerides, which are made up of atoms. Our body disposes fat deposited in the cells through a series of complicated metabolic pathways. When a person starts losing weight, these atoms turn to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). Our body removes water through the skin and kidneys (sweating and urinating). Meanwhile, carbon dioxide is removed through our lungs when we breathe out while exercising. This is the reason why you breathe heavily after performing an intense workout session.

Physicist Ruben Meerman and Professor Andrew Brown, from the University of New South Wales, published their research on “Where does fat go?” in British Medical Journal in 2014, according to which our lungs play a major role in the process of weight loss. They are the primary excretory organ.

Things to keep in mind
Above all, it is important to keep in mind that diet remains the most important factor for weight loss. The best way to lose weight speedily is by having a high-fiber and low carb diet. By following this diet, your body gets ample amount of carbohydrates to produce energy.