A lot of people exercise, for a run in the morning, eat healthy, play a sport, dance, and swim and they do all of this to stay fit and maintain a healthy fat.
There is one thing that a lot of people might not know when you sweat, you lose water weight not fat weight. And you again gain this water weight when you rehydrate yourself.
Actually, the real weight loss happens when the reason for your sweat is not sweat but a rigorous exercise routine.
But How This Happens?
According to the Bartolome Burguera who is an endocrinologist, MD, PhD, “It helps to understand that our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells.”
When you are carrying more weight this means that you are taking in more energy which means more calories than you are actually using or say burning on a daily basis.
Dr. Burguera further said that “The extra energy is stored in adipose tissue all around your body in the form of triglycerides.” And, the same amounts of energy are stored in our muscles and liver as glycogen.
Now, let’s Find Out How Our Body Uses Energy?
Let’s divide this answer into three simple steps to make it easy for you to understand.
- When you are taking rest
- When you are doing activities
- When you are eating
First, yes, even when you are taking rest and doing nothing physically your organs are still working, your brain needs the energy to think (basal metabolism), your lungs need it to breathe and your heart needs it to pump blood to all your organs in the body.
Second, when you are physically active and engage in doing something then your muscles need the energy to carry a cylinder or to play volleyball.
Third, it’s funny but needs the energy to break down and store the food in order to store energy to utilize it again.
A lot of people follow dieting to lose excess fat.
But do you know what really happens when you diet?
Let’s find out!
When a person takes a few calories than he/she actually needs, then your system goes to fat reserves for energy due to deficit.
And this how the fat in your body disposes of through a series of complex metabolic pathways.
On the other side, when the fat in your body breakdown that liberates energy to help you for physical and biological activities. Along with this, fat breakdown also generates heat which keeps your body temperature normal.
Let’s understand what happens to your body fat when you exercise?
According to Dr. Burguera, “After about 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, your body starts burning mainly fat.”
And, therefore most of the experts recommend doing a minimum 30 min of cardio for two to three times a week. Along with the cardio they recommend resistance training and weightlifting exercises or training. This is done because when you increase muscle mass this can help you to burn more calories and also help you to increases your metabolic rate.
When you exercise this not only help you to burn excess fat but also help you to increase respiratory rate, so that when you exercise you exhale more CO2.
If you want to lose weight and want to maintain a healthy weight then exercise is a must. And, to be constant, you need to be patient because this may take time but the end result is worth it.
On the other side, people respond to exercise varies because some might gain some kg weight, some may lose weight and others maintain it.
Remember people who want to successfully lose weight and then wants to maintain they need to engage themselves in physical activities for an hour per day. And, they must also engage themselves in some form of exercise at least three times a week.