When We Lose Weight, Where does the Lost Weight Goes?

Have you ever tried to think what happens when you lose weight. Where does all the fat go when you jog for weeks and months or sweat on the traedmill? How this happens after all.


We all know that weight loss is all about burning calories. And these calories measure the potential food you take in the form of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

After weeks of trimming a few calories here, exercising a little more there, you put on a pair of jeans, and like magic, the waist has grown. You button them up to behold a welcome space between your belly and the fabric.

How did that happen?

With 66 percent of the adult American population either overweight or obese [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], a lot of people are trying to drop some pounds. Through dieting, exercise, surgery or a host of other alternatives, they hope to reach the goal of a smaller body. But to where does that weight disappear when the hard work pays off.

Image Credit: Pixbay
Image Credit: Pixbay

So how do we actually lose weight?

Body needs energy to digest food. When it breaks food elements such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, it uses part of the energy to digest food and rest of the energy is stored as a fat. So our bulging tummy is in fact unused energy. The fat cells remain in Adipose tissues which is like body’s internal energy station.

When we exercise, we need more energy for our cells. Then our cells start using up our extra energy from this energy reserve. The bod starts pulling energy from these fat stores.

Why skins don’t shrink when we lose weight

When body starts pulling the energy stored in reserves, fat tissues shrink. But skins do the same, they also shrink to match the fat cells so that there are no wrinkles on the belly. It’s due to the presence of a specific element colagen in the skin which helps retain the elastic property of the skin.

But, collagen have its limitations. The production of colagen is very limited. If the skin is overstretched due to excessive storage of fat skin areas gain stretch marks. It often happens during pregnancy and puberty.

Weight loss is a scientific process. It is much more complex than we explained. But, knowing that is not our business. Irony is most people fail to understand the basic science behind the weight loss and thus they fail.


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