Where does fat go?

To the many people who have been successful in shedding some inches it may be a source of wonder to ask “Where does fat go?” Fat is stored in your body either as visceral fat, in your abdomen and hips or as subcutaneous fat just beneath your skin. When you begin to eat more healthful food and exercise, it results in loss of body fat and the build up of muscle, depending on the nature of exercises you are doing. Fat is nothing but stored energy and is stored in your body in the form of triglycerides which are composed of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. The act of eating less, which causes your body to revert to its stored energy or exercising which causes your body to burn energy transforms these stored triglycerides into carbon dioxide and H2O or water.

Losing ten kilograms of weight roughly translates into 8.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide and 1.6 kilograms of water. This means you are literally breathing out most of your fat as you exhale.

So the most obvious question was “Can I just breathe more?” Unfortunately, life is never simple. In order to get this process started, we need to convert stored fat into carbon dioxide and water and this only happens if you eat less or exercise. Only then does your body exhale this fat but remember if you do, you are breathing your fat away. It can’t get better than that, can it?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.