Where does fat actually go when you lose weight?
Of course, you know that every time you hit the gym or go for a run, you’re burning calories. But when we exercise, where does fat actually go? Most will answer that fat is transformed into energy to aid exercise and the body’s metabolic process, however, this is not entirely true.
In fact, 'our lungs are the primary excretory organ for fat’, as explained by a study in the British Medical Journal. If you were to burn 10 kilograms of fat, 8.4 kilograms of it would be exhaled as carbon dioxide and the remaining 1.6 kilograms would be excreted via bodily fluids including urine, sweat, tears and more.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose more weight if you are breathing faster. Yes, breathing faster is definitely what you need to do, but you have to do it because you're exercising and your body needs to get rid of more carbon dioxide. Given that exercise dramatically increases your respiration rate, the best approach to weight loss still revolves around a consistent workout routine and making healthy dietary choices.
So next time you’re gasping for air in the gym, remember that you’re not only trying to inhale oxygen - you’re also breathing out the fat!