I know that’s a ridiculous question to ask, but I’m serious. Suddenly I find myself at 29.4 pounds lost and my favorite pair of work pants are being held up by my hips! The waistband doesn’t even touch my waist. But, where did the weight go?
So what happens? Does it evaporate? Does it disappear in a puff of smoke while I’m sleeping? I don’t need to track its whereabouts, and I don’t need to stay in touch, but I’m curious. Nearly 30 pounds is a lot of weight. I don’t think it washes off in the shower. How does it just disappear?
To find an answer, I turned to MayoClinic.com. They said, “To understand the answer, it helps to remember that fat is basically stored energy. Your body converts fat to usable energy for your muscles and other tissues through a series of complex metabolic processes. This causes your fat cells to shrink.”
Hmmm…. that’s an interesting thought. So, the fat doesn’t fall off so much as it shrinks, gets used up, or burned off. Honestly, I’d never thought about it that way — even though I know that increasing exercise burns fat, or reducing calories forces your body to burn the stored energy (or fat) you already have. I just didn’t put it together for my own weight loss. I find it fascinating that our bodies can work that way. They just know what to do without being given direction. How I wish my children worked liked that!!
Have you ever pondered how weight loss really works? What did you learn?
February 18, 2016 at 2:07 am
All my very best as you continue your journey to the very best of health to ensure the highest quality of time with a husband that obviously adores you as much as you adore him and two lovely girls who are lucky to have you as their Mom.
February 18, 2016 at 9:27 am
Close to 30 pounds already – well done! You’re catching me up fast. 🙂 I love the idea that fat cells shrink – it’s a great visualisation, watching those blobby yellow clusters shrivel like balloons with the air being let out.
February 18, 2016 at 10:26 am
What a achievement! I love it when my clothes start getting baggy!
April 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm
I have thought the same thing. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? And why doesn’t it melt in a hot shower or under the sun like normal fat does when exposed to heat? I think that’s a really cruel trick of Mother Nature! But I guess it would be pretty nasty to store a can of thigh drippings like bacon drippings! Ewwww. Meanwhile, congratulations on losing or using that weight. It’s gone and you are on your way!
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April 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Lee, I can always count on you to make me laugh out loud! You are right. It’s so unfair! I definitely think fat should melt in the sun or melt in a hot shower. However, it should not be stored ANYWHERE under any circumstances!
April 8, 2017 at 11:27 am
Yes, it’s interesting, isn’t it? I had a period in my past where I had to have dieticians and fitness experts, etc, so I learnt all this stuff, but it’s funny that you mostly never really actually think about how it works unless forced to! It’s like people believing that muscle will turn into fat if you’re not careful. It won’t. Muscle can’t turn into fat. It can lose tone, it can get concealed by a layer of fat, but it most definitely cannot turn to fat.
30 pounds is an amazing loss – well done!
April 8, 2017 at 11:48 am
I agree. It’s not until you’re living it that you start to really think about it, and ponder — or become mildly obsessed! LOL!
April 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm
Man I never thought to ponder it until I read the title of this post, and then the curiosity was killing me!!! 😉
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April 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm
Right? I continue to wonder … especially considering where I am today! I get the science of it, but still … where does it go?