In honor of Healthy Weight Week, January 18–24 (www.healthyweightnetwork.com), we’d like to point to a study that aims to correct common misconceptions about fat loss.
From fat cells shrinking, to fat being turned into energy or heat, to fat being turned into muscle…there are many people, even health professionals, who don’t know what happens to fat.
So where does it go? Most of the fat you lose is breathed out in the form of carbon dioxide. The authors of the study (see below) report the following: “If you follow the atoms in 10 kilograms of fat as they are ‘lost’, 8.4 of those kilograms are exhaled as carbon dioxide through the lungs. The remaining 1.6 kilograms becomes water, which may be excreted in urine, feces, sweat, breath, tears and other bodily fluids.”
The authors did note that breathing alone cannot cause weight loss and individuals cannot breathe in someone else’s exhaled fat. Thank goodness!
With a worldwide obesity epidemic, the authors hope this information will be used to enrich health and nutrition information and understanding.
Posted By NWI, Monday, January 05, 2015
Visit The British Medical Journal at http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7257 for the full abstract.