Where Does Body Fat Go When You Lose Weight?

When we lose weight, often we’re just happy to see the fats go away. But don’t you ever wonder where all the fats go when you lose weight?

According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic, when you eat fewer calories than your body needs, it turns to fats for energy. Fat cells or triglycerides serve as the fuel for this energy.

Through a series of complex metabolic processes, the triglycerides are broken down into two different components – glycerol and fatty acids. These are two are absorbed into the liver, kidney and muscles where they are further broken down by chemical process that produce energy for the body.

The heat that is produced through these activities is used to help regulate your body temperature.

The waste products of the complex processes are water and carbon dioxide. Water is excreted primarily as urine sweat, and carbon dioxide is released in the air from your lungs.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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