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  • Writer's pictureSarah Skelton

Where does our fat go?

Updated: May 26, 2019

Eat balanced portioned controlled meals and be more active today than you were yesterday to lose body fat.

“ When we decide to lose weight, we know we need to eat less and move more ”

When we decide to lose weight, we know we need to eat less and move more. This is logical statement when you think about how your body uses fat. Exercise that uses a

lot of energy is more effective at helping you lose weight than small, targeted toning exercises this is because your body needs time to recognise it needs to go into fat burning mode. When we exercise our fat is burnt off in the form of gas and water.

We know that fat burning is a complex chemical process that creates carbon dioxide

and water and the fat we lose, is either exhaled or lost in the form of water such as sweat and urine. In fact just over 80% is excreted as carbon dioxide and the remaining as water. This is why it’s so important to ensure that you are breathing correctly when exercising to ensure maximum efficiency.

What’s a pound?

We know that we need to create a negative figure of 3,500 calories to lose a pound and the combination of exercise and reducing what we eat is the perfect combination to achieve this, but it’s important to get the balance right so that your body doesn’t panic. Aim to create a negative figure of about 500- 800 calories per day. If you lose weight too quickly then in can impact on your general long-term health. In some cases people are prescribed very low calorie diets and this may be because they need to lose weight for surgery, and one risk is offset by another.


Contrary to popular belief you cannot target specific areas of your body to lose fat from (unless in the form of liposuction), your body will decide this for you. However, your body shape will help to determine where is comes off first. You can tone up the muscles surrounding the fatty areas which may make it appear that the fat has been reduced as you have toned up slightly.

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