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Where does the weight go when you lose it?

Where does the weight go when you lose it?

If you have recently joined a weight loss program to help you lose weight, you may be wondering how fat leaves the body once you start losing weight. Weight loss is achieved through healthy exercises and a healthy diet plan that focuses on protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables. This combination aids the body in burning stored fat for fuel and preventing the body from storing excess fat that you continue to consume. But what happens to body fat when you lose weight?

How fat leaves the body when you lose weight?

As our body burns up excess fat to create fuel after exercising, you then breathe it out as carbon dioxide or expel it through sweat. Urine, tears and faeces.

Your body uses energy in more ways than you thought…

  • Your heart needs the energy to pump your blood throughout your whole body and this is your basal metabolism.
  • Your digestive system needs energy to break down and store food.

When you are on a diet, you take in fewer calories than your body needs and due to the deficit, your body turns fat reserves for energy. The body converts fat into usable energy for your muscles and other body parts causing the fat cells to shrink. While you’re exercising, your muscles first burn through stored glycogen for the energy. After an hour of aerobic exercise, your body burns through the stored glycogen and starts burning fat.

Two types of body fat

  • White fat makes up the majority of fat in your body. Its primary purpose is energy storage and insulates the body, helping to protect vital organs and maintain body temperature. It also produces a form of estrogen and several types of hormones.
  • Brown fat converts energy from food to heat. In other words, brown fat burns calories which is why it’s referred to as the “good fat”. Brown fat is more abundant in babies and young children, adults who manage to hang on to more of this beneficial fat tend to be leaner and have greater insulin sensitivity.

3 Tips to lose body fat

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1. Cut back on added sugar and sweetened beverages

Quench your thirst with plenty of water, not only is it better than any kind of beverage with tons of sugar and additives, but your body also needs it to stay strong and healthy. You can start by dressing up your water such as adding your favourite fruits or herbs like mint and basil.


2. Pay attention to portion sizes

If you are not sure what a healthy portion looks like, try using portion control containers to take the guesswork out of mealtime. And don’t forget to vary your diet: quantity and quality are both crucial to a healthy balanced nutrition plan, make sure you’re eating foods from all the food groups.


3. Exercise regularly

High intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training are on the top of the list as they are both effective forms of exercise for fat loss, but just about any exercise can make a difference. The key is to do it regularly and combine it with a healthy diet. Combining both diet and exercise cannot only help you lose weight, but also prevent weight regain once you hit your goal.


Whatever your fitness goals are, it is important to fuel your body before your workout and replenish lost nutrients after your workout. At Lakeside Chiropractic we can offer you advice and treatment which compliments your fitness goals. Our Chiropractors are registered with all health care providers which means you can claim your money straight back through the HICAPS machine on site. If you have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, give us a call on 9300 0095 or head to our website to book at

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April 12, 2023