Many peo­ple are sim­ply obsessed with los­ing weight, but few of them know where and how fat and extra pounds go. It’s fun­ny, but not all coach­es know the answer to this ques­tion.

As a 2014 study showed, even med­ical pro­fes­sion­als don’t always know where the fat goes. And many peo­ple with­out spe­cial edu­ca­tion are sure that it turns into mus­cles or exits through the colon. But this is not true at all.

You may be sur­prised now, but fat turns into car­bon diox­ide and water. If you lose 10 kilo­grams of fat, then exact­ly 8.4 kilo­grams will exit through the lungs, and the remain­ing 1.6 kilo­grams will turn into water. In oth­er words, almost all the weight we lose is burned out.

Many peo­ple refuse to believe it, but in fact, almost every­thing we eat “flies away” through the lungs. All car­bo­hy­drates and almost all fats are con­vert­ed into car­bon diox­ide and water. Pro­tein also shares this fate, with the excep­tion of a small part of it. The only part of the prod­uct that enters the intestines intact is dietary fiber.

But how does this process hap­pen? Every­thing is sim­ple here. The body does need fat reserves to restore ener­gy lev­els, but fat itself is not ener­gy, it is in the chem­i­cal bonds between the atoms in the fat mol­e­cule. When it breaks down, the body “takes” this ener­gy for itself. This process occurs dur­ing fat oxi­da­tion, that is, when the mol­e­cule is exposed to oxy­gen, which splits it into water and car­bon diox­ide.

From this you might think that you just need to inhale deep­er and more often, but this is not so. The body is a very cun­ning mech­a­nism. There­fore, if you con­sume enough calo­ries (or excess), it will not oxi­dize stored fats. This is not affect­ed by the amount of oxy­gen, but by hor­mones that “get” the fat stored in the cells. They, in turn, are sig­naled about this by the ner­vous sys­tem, which notices a lack of ener­gy.

That is why the only sure­fire ways to lose weight are exer­cise and a calo­rie deficit. If you eat nor­mal or excess calo­ries per day, no amount of wraps or inter­vals between meals will help you. In this case, the body does not feel the need to oxi­dize fats.

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