How the body burns fat when you start working out
For a lot of people who exercise, burning fat is a major goal. Whether it’s to lose weight, wedding prep or just to look good on the beach. Burning fat and weight loss is a big thing among exercisers. However, not a lot of those people actually KNOW how this process takes place. If you are aware of something, you tend to make better future decisions. So, I’m writing this post to explain exactly how your body burns fat when you start exercising. I’ll also show you why it results in you becoming healthier. If that sounds good to you, let’s hop in!!
From an evolutionary standpoint, fat storage is actually a good thing. It was actually designed to help us survive during famine or when escaping predators. Under such circumstances, the fat molecules (“fatty acids”) would be released into the bloodstream and provide energy for respiring muscles. So, organisms with greater fat-storage capacity had a survival advantage. That is, they could go for longer without needing to consume food.
The thing you must realise is that our fat storage mechanism hasn’t really changed much. However, humans are living VERY differently from our old-age ancestors. The development of modern technology and transport means that humans are less active than ever before. For most people in the world, lack of food isn’t an issue at all. Nor is escaping from predators-thank God the dinosaurs died 65 million years ago! Speaking of food, the abundance of food is actually a problem in itself. This is reflected by how prevalent obesity is nowadays.
THE BIG ISSUE
The main goal of fat cells (“adipocytes”) is to store energy. With the abundance of excessively calorie-rich foods in our world, the body must produce MORE fat cells and increase their SIZE. The body even goes as far as storing fat on the internal organs. This is known as visceral fat and is notoriously difficult to budge. That is the only way the extra energy can be accommodated.
Now the problem here is that our fat storage cells (“adipocytes”) are storing way more energy than they are releasing. Not only that, but they are secreting unregulated amounts of various hormones. These hormones slow down basal metabolism, lead to inflammation and cause disease symptoms to manifest. This whole phenomenon makes obesity very, very difficult to treat. That’s why some people spend years trying to lose weight. Hard to mention, but that’s the truth. Now when you start exercising, two things occur to reverse this process:
USAGE OF ENERGY IN ADIPOCYTES: When you start an exercise programme, your brain receives a red-alert. It then signals your fat cells to release their stored fatty acids into the bloodstream. These fatty acids will provide energy for the lungs and muscles which are being worked.
REDUCED FAT STORAGE: With the continuous exercise stimulus, the brain assumes this is permanent. It then causes the body to obtain more of its energy directly from the food you consume. Conversely, the amount being stored in fat cells reduces proportionately.
Obviously, I’m not going to bore you with a full-scale biochem lesson here. But the points above serve to summarise what’s going on. Maintaining an active lifestyle and eating healthily is KEY to staying in shape. Yes, if you want to get fit and remain that way, it must be a permanent change. If you do so, what begins to happen as a result is that the body will REDUCE the size of its adipocytes. It will also produce LESS of them. This results in higher metabolism and hence more fat being burned. It also reduces inflammation and symptoms commonly associated with obesity. It will also leave YOU looking better and closer to getting your dream body!