Story highlights If it isn't turned to energy or muscles and doesn't go into the toilet, where does fat go? Fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales. Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. The most common misconception by far, was that fat is converted to energy. The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions obey. Some respondents thought fat turns into muscle, which is impossible, and others assumed it escapes via the colon. Only three of our respondents gave the right answer, which means 98% of the health professionals in our survey could not explain how weight loss works. So if not energy, muscles or the loo, where does fat go? The enlightening facts about fat metabolism Read More The correct … [Read more...] about Where fat goes when you lose weight
Where does fat go when you lose it
You've "lost" five pounds. So where'd you lose it? While most health experts assume lost fat is converted to heat or energy—hence the term "burned"—you actually breathe out fat in the form of carbon dioxide, shows research from Australia's University of New South Wales. That's right. You exhale lost weight. "[Lost mass] goes into thin air," says study coauthor Ruben Meermen, PhD, in a press release from UNSW. Along with Andrew Brown, PhD, head of bimolecular sciences at the Australian university, Meerman tracked the voyage of lost fat atoms. To their surprise, 84% of that lost fat was converted to carbon dioxide. The rest becomes water, which you lose through peeing, crying, sweating, or any of the other ways your body dumps H2O. If that sounds crazy to you, you're not alone. When the study team polled 150 doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers, half assumed fat was converted into energy. Most of the others either didn't know or guessed incorrectly. … [Read more...] about Where Does The Fat Go When You Lose Weight?
Ever found yourself deep in a sweat sesh—heart racing and mascara plastered to your eyelids—wondering whether your workout is actually doing anything to help you lose weight? If so, it's time to ask yourself some tough questions.For starters, what is your diet like? As you might have guessed, what you eat can make an even bigger impact on your bod than what you do at the gym, says Chris Ryan, CSCS, CPT. "Nutrition fuels your body to stabilize your metabolism and keeps your hormones in check—two key factors that no amount of running or squats will take care of."That being said, don't underestimate the power of a kick-ass exercise routine, he says. That's because torching calories at the gym builds lean muscle (which boosts your metabolism), reduces stress, and allows you to be a bit more lenient with your diet (e.g., indulging in your fave ice-cream spot or whipping up a bowl of pasta every once in a while) while staying on track to drop pounds.To help determine … [Read more...] about 6 Questions That Reveal If Your Workout Is Really Helping You Lose Weight
Is intermittent fasting right for you? Finding out how you feel about carbohydrates is a great starting point in making your decision. While you may have concerns about going on a completely ‘no carb diet’, there is no real harm in trying not to eat carbohydrates for a week or two in order to ‘reset’ your body’s insulin sensitivity. In fact, this can be a great prelude to any diet if you have struggled in the past. Another option during this time is to use something called ‘carb backloading’. This means that you can still eat carbohydrates but you’re only going to use them directly after exercise. The reason for this is that you will at this point be in an anabolic state while your muscles will be depleted of ATP and glycogen. If you consume carbohydrates at this point, then your body will use them to refuel the muscles and your energy stores rather than increasing fat (which is called ‘lipogenesis’ by the way!). This … [Read more...] about Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight, But is it Right For You?
Fat loss is probably the number one most common fitness goal people have in modern society. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the many things that most people are really bad at achieving. The many things people do wrong with their diet when trying to lose weight is a topic for another article. Today I want to focus on the exercise side of the equation. When it comes to exercise most people equate more fat loss with more jogging. Unfortunately, jogging is not only a very boring but also a very ineffective method for burning fat. (My apologies to all you jogging nuts who might be reading this. I only call jogging boring because most of us think that it’s really, really boring.) Now, before I go bashing on jogging to much, I will mention that it does have its pros. It does utilize the aerobic system to burn energy. If done properly that energy will come mainly from fat. This is good, because in case you haven’t been keeping up, burning fat is what we want more … [Read more...] about Four Fat Blasting Workouts You Can Do In Under 20 Minutes