September 23, 2017

Where does the fat actually go when you lose weight? (Metro)

Where does the fat actually go when you lose weight? (Metro)

Losing weight is a miraculous process.

Burning fat, in particular, is arduous and long. It takes a while to see the effect of regular, intense exercise and a balanced diet.

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Once the burn gets going, however, it can be transformative. It can make you move easier, feel better.

But have you ever wondered exactly where all that fat is going?

Does it just get dissolved and absorbed into the body? Does it melt into nothing? Does it become muscle?

It’s a no to all three.

Fat actually exits the body as carbon dioxide.

Where does the fat actually go when you lose weight?

According to a study by UNSW Australia, ‘the correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. It goes into thin air’.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, reveals that 10kg of fat turns into 8.4kg of CO2 and 1.6kg of water. We breathe out the carbon dioxide and we excrete the water as urine, tears, sweat and other bodily fluids. Read more

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