Do you know where fat goes when you lose weight?

We always talk about methods, diets and recommendations to lose weight. But have you ever wondered where that fat you lose goes? A scientific study could have the answer.

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According to researchers Ruben Meerman and Andrew Brown of the University of New South Wales (Australia), fat does not convert only to heat or energy.

Let's look at the process in detail. The excess of carbohydrates or proteins is stored in our body in the form of triglyceride molecules, formed by a carbon atom, a hydrogen atom and an oxygen atom. When we lose weight, those triglycerides break down. This is called oxidation.

Now, the key is to understand that this oxidation process consumes oxygen and produces carbon dioxide. That is, when we lose weight, more than 80% of the fat is transformed into carbon dioxide and is eliminated from the body through exhalation. The rest becomes water that is eliminated through sweat, feces, urine or other fluids.

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"We practically exhale all the weight we lose", the researchers point out.

Therefore, unlike other positions that focus on the production – and loss – of energy, this study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, points out that the lungs are the main excretory organ that is involved in weight loss. .

They also indicate that not only the foods and beverages that are ingested should be considered, but also the oxygen that is inhaled. Therefore, according to specialists, "losing weight requires unlocking the carbon stored in fat cells."

How to increase the amount of carbon dioxide we exhale? The answer is the same: moving the muscles.


Very interesting