What happens to your fat when you lose weight? You actually breathe it out

first_imgWhat’s the most common modus operandi of losing weight? Diet some, lots of working out, well-balanced meals and consistency, right?While all that stands true, have you ever wondered where exactly happens to the fat when you lose weight? Where does it go? Does it just evaporate?To understand that, let’s first understand what happens to the body when you gain weight: “If you’re looking specifically at fat gain, over muscle gain, fat gain will occur when more kilojoules are consumed than the body is able to use over a period of time, whether it’s a small quantity or a big quantity,” sports dietician Chloe McLeod told HuffPost Australia.Basically, it’s when you feed the body more food than it can consume that you put on weight.”The excess carbohydrate and protein are converted into triglycerides, which is a fat found usually in our blood, and the triglycerides are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen–like most compounds in our bodies. These triglycerides are then stored in our fat cells as little drops, and so when you’re trying to lose weight your body is trying to get rid of those,” Chloe adds.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ashbos_journeyIn a study recently published in the British Medical Journal, researches actually suggest that the fat we lose is actually being “breathed out” by us, in the form of carbon dioxide. Unbelievable, right?!Wait till you read the whole science behind it: “As an example, when you’re trying to lose 10 kilos of human fat, this means you’re going to inhale around 29 kilograms of oxygen and then that will produce 28 kilograms of carbon dioxide and 11 kilos of water,” McLeod explained.advertisement”It’s about breaking down those compounds and then they are exhaled. So when you’re breathing out, it’s the carbon dioxide and the moisture on your breath.”While breathing is the main way weight loss is excreted from the body, small amounts of the water which forms from this process can also be released via urine, faeces, sweat, tears or “other bodily fluids”.”Some does come out in your sweat, but it’s a very, very small portion,” McLeod said.  So, there you have it. Fat is being lost from your body through exhaling. Amazing how the human body works!last_img

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