Nutrition

Fat Loss | 3 Basic Questions Answered

Fat Loss | 3 Basic Questions Answered

The law of conservation of mass states that matter is neither created nor destroyed.

What this means is that you cannot create or destroy any form of matter in the universe, however, one may alter the physical form of matter. This applies to everything, including the human body. The human body is a very complex system that is made up of 6 major elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. These elements help create the cells in the body, and the area we’re talking about today is adipose tissue.

Adipose tissue is also known as visceral fat. Adipose tissue is gained when the human body simply consumes more nutrients than it can use up. It’s that simple. However, we do not gain fat cells – instead, our fat cells merely increase in size, the same as muscle tissue. With muscle, when one increases muscle mass, the body does not gain or create new muscle cells, rather the myofibers in the muscle tissue increase in size which in turn increase the size of our muscles in our body.

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If we don’t lose fat cells, where does the fat go?

It’s the reverse of gaining fat in the body, instead of the cells increasing in size, we must make them become smaller. This is done by eating healthy and burning fat. Wait, what? I thought you just said we can’t lose fat cells? We can’t, however what the human body does do is lose that fat that fills these fat cells and allow them to shrink in size, resulting in a loss of visceral fat in our bodies.


How do I lose fat mass, then?

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Well, a proper diet and exercise routine is the number one way a person can lose fat on his/her body and shrink their waistline and achieve the body they desire. It is claimed that a pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calories. This means that you must burn 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat.

This does not mean you have to run for hours and burn that much at once. By eating a healthy diet and at a caloric deficit – that’s consuming less calories than you burn daily – and having a proper exercise routine, we can burn fat with ease.


How long does it take to lose fat?

If you want to lose 10lbs of fat, and you give yourself a time frame of 5 weeks to do so, this means you must lose 2lbs a week. This is a healthy rate to drop body fat and it is advised to not to lose more than this. To do this, you must be at a caloric deficit of 7000 calories per week.

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This is easier than it sounds. If you decrease your meals and increase your water intake; set the body at a deficit of 500 calories per day from diet and exercise enough to burn 500 calories each day on top of that, you will result in a total of 1,000 calorie deficit per day. Take this 1,000 x 7 days a week and you get 7,000 calories burned in one week. This is equivalent to 2lbs of fat. Achieve half this, and you’ll result in a lose of 1lb per week.

Doesn’t seem so difficult now, does it?


Take-Home Message

To begin a fat loss journey, exercise more, and eat a balanced diet, filled with whole foods. This article can begin your fat loss journey and provide a springboard for further investigation.

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.



Logan Berman

Logan Berman

Writer and expert


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