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The Fat "Burning" Myth

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First of all, as Co-Founder and a man of all things meat (before people get on their high horse) I am no expert (but I know a few people that are) and they helped me pen this brain dump to ensure I was keeping on the right track.

But I wanted to get a few things straight that's really been grinding my gears of late.

You can't "tone" a muscle. You either gain or lose fat and gain or lose muscle.

You can't target one area for fat loss (spot reduce). You lose fat at a varying level across your whole body.

And you are also wrong to think that when we exercise and diet in a particular way with the aim to lose fat that the fat is "burnt" off (ie) turned into energy. If you were able to convert your fat stores [directly] into energy, you would explode in a glorious, catastrophic spectacle!

You actually either breathe it out as carbon dioxide or it comes out as water in various channels such as number 1's and 2's :)

So "burning" fat should only be for the BBQ or the kitchen when cooking up your favourite meal  (nothing better than pork crackling or a nicely rendered piece of fat from a steak)

But anyway let's explore further...

In early 2016, scientists (finally!) debunked body-mass index (BMI), a calculation of someone’s percentage of body fat based on their height and weight, as a measure of overall health. The authors argued that having a high BMI didn’t necessarily mean that patients faced the same health risks that obesity can lead to; conversely, having a low BMI didn’t mean that patients were healthier.

We all need some fat. It’s an important component of cell membranes, a place to store energy and some vitamins, and it’s used to make different hormones we need to transmit messages throughout the body.

Yet higher percentages of body fat above 25% for men and 30% for women can be a health hazard. This is especially the case if it’s stored in our upper bodies or around our internal organs, which can cause myriad problems ranging from increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

If you want to shed fat, it’s important to understand just how the fat cells in our bodies work.

As adults, we keep the same number of fat cells throughout our lives, regardless of whether we gain or lose weight over time.

These fat cells alone aren’t a bad thing. When fat becomes a part of our bodies, it’s called adipose tissue. This tissue is comparable to an organ because of all the jobs it carries out.

Over half of our brains are made of fat, and fatty acids contribute to our nerve development and function. We also need fat to develop hormones, which serve as the body’s chemical signals between different types of tissues. It provides cushioning for our internal organs, almost like shock absorbers, while we do things like run or jump. Additionally, some kinds of fat can act as insulation from the cold, especially in infants.

Fat is also a convenient way to store a lot of energy in a small space.

When we gain weight, we store the extra lipids we don’t use in our fat cells, which make them grow in size.

To a certain extent, our weight is related to both the number and the size of our fat cells: When we gain weight, we store the extra lipids we don’t use in our fat cells, which make them grow in size. As we lose it, we shrink these cells but never disappear. This means that two people with similar body shapes could have drastically different numbers of fat cells, depending on how many lipids are stored in those cells.

This means that it can be difficult to keep weight off once we’ve lost it. If you can’t get rid of these cells, you’re just going to have these cells sitting there, constantly saying they want to be bigger.

One of the hormones that fat cells produce is called leptin, which signals to our brains that we should stop eating. As they shrink, they produce less of this hormone, which means we may be inclined to eat more, growing the fat cells to their “happy size”. The best thing to do is to make sure kids maintain a healthy weight since those who overweight are more likely to be overweight as adults.

Weight loss is attributed to fat cells shrinking, not losing them entirely. And you don't "burn" the fat...the fat disappears into thin air...that's why mints are important when you are losing fat :)


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