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Where Fat Goes, When you Lose Weight

During the final days of the month of November many of us enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner and on December, regardless the traditions you follow, many got a chance to gather with family and friends to enjoy meals.

The problem with this, is that many of us gain a few pounds. Interesting the most popular New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, with this in mind many have ask, “Where does Fat Go, when you lose Weight?”

Despite the fact that today there is a worldwide obsession with diets and fitness regimes, when we ask this question to a health professional many cannot correctly answer. With this in mind Sani Dental Group set out to look for the answer and explain it to you, our readers. Even though your oral health is our priority, our dental clinic also care about your body health and the concerns you will have associate to your health.

Where the Fat Goes

Professor Andrew Brown, head of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, says, "There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss". To help clear any questions associated with weight loss, to answer the question, Ruben Meerman, a physicist and Australian TV science presenter says: "The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. It goes into thin air".

In their paper, published in the British Medical Journal today, the authors show that losing 10 kilograms of fat requires 29 kilograms of oxygen to be inhaled and that this metabolic process produces 28 kilograms of carbon dioxide and 11 kilograms of water.

Fats Transformation

As we consume foods, we are consuming different types of nutrients, proteins and different chemical compounds that are absorb by our body and transform into energy. This is perfect on a regular basis, however the problem occurs when we consume and absorb more energy than the one we need, this excess transforms into fat and accumulates throughout our body (usually hips and thighs in women and around the stomachs in men).

All these excess get converted into things called triglycerides, these are then stored in adipocytes (fat cells) in your body. When you lose weight, you are trying to metabolize (burning/converting/use) or trying to metabolize these triglycerides. In summary the triglycerides need to go through a chemical reactions in order to change form and transform into something that no longer is fat.

In his research, Professor Andrew Brown mentioned: once those triglycerides do go through the chemical reactions… they leave the body in the form of carbon dioxide and water. Mostly carbon dioxide and mostly through your breath. You are breathing out your fat!

A new year has begun and many have set their resolutions, below are the most popular resolutions and among them is to lose weight.

  • Drink Less Alcohol
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Obtain a Better Job
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others

In Sani Dental Group, we don’t just fix your teeth, we improve your life. When you reach one of your many resolutions, we want you to celebrate smiling. When visiting us in Los Algodones, tell our dentists your favorite methods of transforming all your body fat into carbon dioxide.

Breathe out all the excess weight that was gain in November or December and create memories with your friends and love ones this 2015.