This weeks #TrainingTips post is all about where fat goes when we loose it.
First a little background information. When we chronically over consume excessive amounts of calories and that’s calories as a whole (carbs, proteins or fat, remember fat doesn’t make you fat) our body converts this excess fuel into triglycerides and then stores them in your reserve tanks, which are your fat cells.
So when we are in a calorific deficit some of those triglycerides contained in our fat cells are released into the blood stream to be used for the energy shortfall. This all sound pretty simple but there are lot of chemical and hormonal reactions which can increase or decrease the efficiency of this process. And these can largely be linked back to your normal nutritional and exercise habits.
But away, so where does that fat actually end up?
Well we actually expel fat from the body in two main forms, as carbon-dioxide and water. Both of these wouldn’t happen without the presence of oxygen. With oxygen present the triglyceride is broken down and then converted into carbon dioxide and or water.
I’m getting there don’t worry. So 84% gets breathed out in the form of CO2 and 16% gets expelled through water, which can be cried out, sweated out or deposited in the toilet.
Does this mean just by breathing more can lead to more fat loss? Unfortunately not, sorry, we need to be moving and stressing those muscles. But now you know that when you are working hard and you’re out of breath you will be working towards a leaner you.
Have a great weekend guys.
Stay strong and live, love and laugh!