Where does fat actually go when we “lose” weight? Does it turn into energy? Muscle? Poo?
I’ll be the first to admit that even as a nutritionist, I thought that most of our fat gets metabolized and excreted through our urine and possible some turned into muscle. But, it seems that most doctors and health care providers don’t even really know the answer to that off the top of their head (so I don’t feel so bad.) Most health professionals assume that fat gets converted into energy. Well, that would be nice. But, unfortunately not.
Judging from the number of women who I see trying to take stool softeners and laxatives to lose weight, it would seem that most people assume we metabolize fat and excrete it after our coffee in the morning. Not only is the use of regular laxatives not healthy for your colon but it’s also completely ineffective. So, basically, you’re making yourself uncomfortable for no reason.
The fact of the matter is, our fat gets turned into carbon dioxide and water, which means, I was right about the fact that we release fat through urine. I was just completely wrong about how much. Carbon dioxide gets excreted through our lungs when we exhale, so yes, you’re reading that correctly, we release fat by breathing. Over 80% gets released through our breathe actually with the rest through urine.
I know what you’re thinking, if we release weight through our breath… why are we not losing weight just by breathing?? Well, we are, but it has to be releasing more than we’re consuming. And that’s a lot of breathing! So how do we breathe enough to burn off what we’re eating? First, by eating less. We need to not only look at our calorie intake but also the macronutrients and amounts of food that we’re eating to be sure that our metabolism is breaking down and excreting the same amount of fat that it’s taking in.
Second and equally as important, the only way to get rid of excess carbon dioxide is to exercise. Just sitting and breathing faster isn’t going to do it for you, in fact, it will probably make you dizzy. You need to MOVE! The good news is, our metabolism increases when we’re getting dressed, cleaning the house, anything that keeps us active. If everyday things can speed up the metabolism a little, imagine how much more it will increase with some exercise. Even a walk can triple your metabolic rate.
So, with all the fad diets out there there is only one thing proven to be true. You have to eat less then you’re burning to shed fat. Eating clean, unprocessed foods while monitoring your serving sizes along with regular exercise is not only the key to breathing out unwanted fat, but also the key to our health! But, there are natural things that you can do to boost your metabolism. Supplementing your exercise and healthy meals with Thin and Metaboost by 310 Nutrition, can add a little extra help.
Studies have shown that taking Metaboost one hour before exercise can burn an average of 278 more calories before, during, and after exercise. Taking one Thin before meals is an effective way to reduce craving and curb the appetite.
– Annie Parker
Health & Beauty Advisor