We yap about dieting and burning off fat, however we actually have a lot of misunderstandings about weight loss. Some individuals believe fat is converted into energy or heat– an offense of the law of conservation of mass– while others believe that the fat is somehow excreted or perhaps transformed to muscle.
I was informed early on that you can never ever lose your fat cells (adipose) when you gain them … they simply diminish if you work it off.
Belly Fat is More Harmful
All of us have the tendency to have ‘problem areas’ on our bodies where we find it especially hard to lose any extra fat we’re carrying.
While this area differs from individual to individual, women have the tendency to keep fat on the hips and the waist, whereas men more commonly hold fat around their stomach area— and – belly fat is believed to be especially harmful.
Research has revealed that additional fat brought around our internal organs is a larger health risk than weight gain in other areas and this holds true even for normal-weight people who bring excess fat in this area.
Those with the pesky belly podge can be at a three times greater risk of passing away from heart disease, and two times greater risk of dying from any cause, than those with a more typical waist-to-hip ratio.
Eating Can Really Help You Lose Fat
While it appears counter-intuitive, eating can actually help you burn fat– however only if you chomp the right type of food.
High protein foods such as lean meats, eggs and nuts, need more work to break down, so your burn more calories to absorb them.
Eating fat can also help you lose it. The Mediterranean diet, which is full of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has actually been shown to increase sensation of satiety – consequently promoting weight loss.
Where Does Fat Go When You Lose It?
Well, according to researchers, when you drop weight, you exhale your fat. Their brand-new computations, based upon existing knowledge about biochemistry, were released in the British Medical Journal this week.
” There is surprising lack of knowledge and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss,” researcher states in a news release. “The proper response is that the majority of the mass is breathed out as CO2,” researcher includes. “It goes into thin air.”
Regrettably, breathing itself can not cause weight loss.
Excess carbohydrates and proteins are transformed into chemical substances called triglycerides (which include carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) and after that stored in the lipid beads of fat cells. To reduce weight, you’re trying to metabolize those triglycerides, which means opening the carbon that’s kept in your fat cells.
Losing 10 kgs of human fat requires the inhalation of 29 kgs of oxygen, producing 28 kgs of carbon dioxide and 11 kgs of water. That’s the metabolic fate of fat.
Then the duo computed the percentage of the mass saved in those 10 kilograms of fat that exits as CO2 and as water when we drop weight.
By tracing the pathway of those atoms out of the body, they found that 8.4 of those kgs are exhaled as CO2. Ends up, our lungs are the main excretory organ for weight loss. The remaining 1.6 kgs becomes water, which is excreted in urine, feces, sweat, breath, tears, and other physical fluids.
So, for this upcoming post-holiday season, should we all simply breathe out more to shed those extra pounds? No. Breathing more than needed by a person’s metabolic rate causes hyperventilation, followed by dizziness, palpitations, and loss of awareness.
Good luck! Have a nice weekend!