And It Just Disappeared Into Thin Air

Quick post today folks.

Usually I have them written well in advance but it appears that I had forgotten about one for Monday the 2nd of March until late last night (nothing personal, I can assure you, just a simple oversight) and seeing as how I couldn’t keep my eyes open, I thought I should rise early this morning and attempt to write one-off the cuff as they say.

Unfortunately I am a little tired this morning after a fitful nights sleep dreaming about all sorts of peculiar things to do with my weight loss. At one point I could swear I was the chief cake catcher in an Alice in Wonderland type of setting. Weird but It makes you wonder why they don’t have such excellent jobs in the real world 😉 Anyway, due to my dreamscape antics, I woke this morning feeling a touch lethargic so I took the opportunity to lay for a while and try recall some of the madness I had witnessed in my REM state. Most of it was hazy apart from two things, the cake catching and me asking someone I knew but have no way of ever identifying, exactly where fat goes when you lose it? And that question started to make me think so…

Where does the fat go once we have lost it?

I know that might sound daft, but we have carried it around for all of this time and let it continue to grow, so when its gone, it has to go somewhere doesn’t it. Simple common sense really.

So I fished out my Encyclopaedia Britannica  looked it up online and did a little research whilst wearing a lab coat, just to make it official like 😉

What I found was quite remarkable. All the articles I read pointed to one thing. We actually exhale our fat as carbon dioxide, or most of it we do, 16% is actually excreted as water so I suppose going for a wee, crying and sweating would cover that token amount. When we eat too much or don’t burn off enough energy, excess carbs and proteins are converted into something called triglycerides (chemical compounds which consist of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – hence the Tri part) These are then stored in the lipid droplets of fat cells, these cells in turn live in adipose tissue – the layer below all your skin layers; and basically acts like an internal fuel station, storing away energy reserves. When we lose weight, we are attempting to metabolise (as in convert to energy) those triglycerides . This means we have to “un lock” the carbon that is stored in our fat cells. This carbon is then released from the body as carbon dioxide i.e breathing out.

Obviously we have to get ourselves active to increase our breathing rate, it isn’t as easy as sitting at home on a chair and breathing in and out quickly. That’s called Hyperventilation and isn’t an enjoyable pastime I can tell you. As I have said before, to lose weight, you must burn more calories or energy, than you consume to start using up your reserves and unlocking the carbon stores. Essentially, you should not be ingesting enough calories to fuel your additional exercise, so your body has to pull from fat stores. So metabolising can be achieved either with exercise, where the weight will shift more quickly as you actually do breath harder. Or by simply eating less than your body’s daily metabolic rate forcing it to burn off the stores to keep you functioning as normal and allowing your body to unlock the carbon deposits in the lipid cells, i.e breathing again, but a lot more slowly.

Anyway, as I said, a quick and simple post today letting you know one crazy fact about fat and the fact that it doesn’t get turned into muscle and it doesn’t get poop’d out.

‘Till tomorrow

Stay out of the fridge.

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