Losing weight has always been something everyone toil over. There are so much different opinions surrounding weight loss it’s hard to keep a handle on it. I like to think of myself as a simple thinker who never tries to over complicate things. So I took the time to go through all the myths and various ideas to come up with a simple yet powerful truth for weight loss.
My aim with this article to to give you a new way to look at weight loss and answer some questions people ask so you can better understand what really happens in your pursuit to weight loss or even weight management.
Now let us get into what the secret to weight loss is together.
What is fat made of?
Knowledge is power and as a result you need to know all about your enemy if you want to win the fight. So the question we want to first answer is … What is fat really made of?
Well most of the stored fat in our bodies (body fat) and fat found in food (dietary fat) exist in a form called triglycerides. These are made up of three individual fatty acids that are connected together by another molecule, glycerol.
Now that we got that out of the way I am going to get all chemical on you so you can see fat in its atomic make up. To do this lets have a look at the periodic table.
The Chemical Formula for Fat
We all know what makes water. H20 … And we know what makes up carbon dioxide. CO2
So the human fat is simply;
Now the above formula is the average chemical formula for human fat in the body but as we all know not all human being are the exact same and as such some may have a few more carbon and hydrogen atoms while some may have less but they all have only six (6) oxygen molecules.
Since we know what fat is and the form it is stored in the body we now need to answer the next big question.
Where does fat go?
Now many people have a lot of ideas on how to lose weight. Most work but not all is for everyone.
However when you understand how fat is made from a chemical stand point then we can understand how to break it down and then get rid of it in a way that is ideal for our own body. In other words after knowing the criteria necessary and understand how your own body works you can come up with your own formula.
The next important question you should ponder is;
Where does fat go?
While you ponder that question lets get to the formula to breakdown and the fats stored around our belly, chin, thighs, arms and so forth.
The formula for that goes like this;
C55H104O6 + 78O2 → 55CO2 + 52H20
The Secret to Weight Loss
In the formula above inhaling 78O2 (oxygen) and exposing it to the fat molecules in our bodies with break the fat down to 55CO2 (carbon dioxide) and 52H20 (water) as long as you are doing some form of required activity. Sounds easy huh!
Now my arrow sign may be over simplifying biochemistry but let me clarify that simply inhaling 78O2 (oxygen) won’t just let you exhale 55CO2 you have to be do something that triggers your body to want to get energy from the fat reserves in the body, and start to secrete the hormones needed to break down the triglycerides.
When we want to lose weight we want to get rid of kilograms and everything in the formula is simply kilograms just in a different form.
Now a single Carbon atom weights 12.011 atomic mass units. Hydrogen is 1.0079 atomic mass unit.
Oxygen on the other hand is exchanged with Carbon dioxide molecules and water molecules. So to figure that out we will have to do a bit more digging.
The ratio for oxygen mixing with carbon and hydrogen is 2:1 so of the 6 in O6 of the composition of fat, 4 will go out with carbon and 2 with hydrogen.
With all of that being said a total of 84% of fat is exhaled as CO2 while 16% of fat is excreted as H2O.
The Big Fact About Fat
So after all of that we can see what 10kg of fat becomes after doing the necessary work out needed to change fat into Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen.
10kg of fat become 8.4kg of carbon dioxide and 1.6kg of water.
So this is done by first of all moving more or eating less. This will practically starve your body of energy. Since your body always uses energy it will secrete hormones to use the energy it needs from the fats stored in your body. Some of these hormones are glucagon, adrenocorticotropic hormone, epinephrine to name a few.
This will change the Triglycerides (fat) to fatty acids which goes into your blood stream. From there we can oxidize the fatty acids and say bye bye to fat.
All you have to do to lose weight is to turn it into carbon dioxide and water. To do that all you have to do is to eat less, move more and keep breathing! There is no need to over complicate things.
I hope you found this article very educational and helps you to greatly take the battle to fat in your own weight management routine.
Knowing all of this information empowered me to manage my weight consistently over the years.