Fat loss and gain are a natural part of life and the healthy living journey. For many we aspire to lose as much fat as possible by limiting unhealthy foods and regularly exercising. It is with laughter that I have realized that in my 23 years of life I have never truly understand how the body gets rid of fat. So today let’s discuss fat loss and fat gain in your body.
Fat loss is the process of releasing stored energy which causes your fat cells to shrink. Fat cells also known as adipocytes are created and set from your late adolescence to your early adulthood. In short you can blame your amount of fat cells on your teenage self. Fat cells will increase and decrease depending upon weight loss and gain.
What makes fat cells bigger?
Fat cells get bigger when your body begins to intake more calories than it burns. This can happen when you make a habit of over eating and or begin to live a less active lifestyle. Fat is found in the body in two categories, the first of which is essential fat which is used to cushion your organs and for daily function. The second is storage fat which is reflective of how much fat you are intaking in excess.
So how does fat leave your body?
Fat leaves after it has been used for energy within your body. It is excreted primarily as carbon dioxide, water, heat, and ATP. It is interesting that the amount of fat cells you have in your body for the most part doesn’t change throughout your life. The only thing that changes through your healthy living journey is the size of those pesky fat cells.
Fat loss and gain is a universal human experience. It is something that happens everyday without us even knowing. I believe it is important to understand how the body works in regards to fat loss because it’s amount in our body can directly effect the healthy living journey. So I challenge you today to really reflect on the current goal of your healthy living journey. Is it to lose weight? Is it to take back your health? Whatever the current goal is remember to keep the milestones realistic and stay positive. ❤
“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” ~Norman Vincent Peale