Where does fat go when you lose weight? This question has left a lot of us scratching our heads. Most people have the feeling that it leaves the body through sweat. In fact, there is a funny saying: “Sweat is simply your fat crying.” While you do sweat out a bit of your burned excess fat, most of it leaves the body through exhalation.
Where Does Fat Go When You Lose Weight?
I know, strange right? A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 proved this to be true. In this study, researchers investigated what happened to the individual atoms in 22 pounds of fat while they were being burned. A whopping 18.5 of these 22 pounds were converted to metabolic by-products of fat and exhaled as carbon dioxide. The remaining 3.5 pounds were excreted through bodily fluids (sweat, urine, etc.).
Smaller, But Still There
To dispel any further confusion, you need to understand that you exhale fat metabolic by-products, not the fat cells. You see, as you lose weight, your cells lose volume and contract, but they do not disappear. Once your body gains a fat cell, that cell will not go away. That’s why you may feel hungrier than usual. Your body recognizes that it has these fat cells, so it tries to restore it by telling you, you are still hungry.
This is another reason why slow and steady weight loss is the best course of action. If you lose weight too fast, your body will think that you are hungry and slow down your metabolism. This, of course, makes it extremely difficult to lose extra weight. On the other hand, the slow weight loss gives the body the opportunity to adapt to the new normal, so that the metabolism works optimally, so you can continue to lose weight!
Shed Excess Fat With Proper Diet And Exercise
Your healthy life plan should not have an end date. To maintain weight loss, you must now follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Remember: When you return to your old habits, those empty fat cells can be re-inflated. Do not let that happen to you! Eat healthily, work out regularly and excess fat will go out of your way. The results that can be achieved through consistency and effort are incredible. See for yourself!