Consultant – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Speciality interests include:
Lower extremity: trauma, sports surgery, knee, patella dislocation, tendon problems, foot and ankle surgery, and the management of degenerative joint disease in younger patients.
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So you have been carefully monitoring your diet, you are exercising regularly and feeling great. You have more energy and have achieved your health goals.
Amazing! You did it, you achieved your health goals and you are feeling better and healthier than ever. You are now maintaining your achievements but are you curious as to where your ‘weight loss’ actually went and how it occurred. Have you ever wondered where did all the fat or weight go?
I am about to share with you something I only recently learned. Something that I thought I already knew. Albert Einstein showed us that matter is neither created nor destroyed, so when we say we ‘burn’ fat, what is actually happening in our body? The process of ‘burning’ fat as we describe to so many of our patients is actually the process when we are in fact cutting the bond between the fat molecules or atoms. It is important to note the human body is made up of atoms, the main elements are carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The cutting of the bond of the fat molecule happens in the presence of oxygen. The breaking of these bonds generates energy that allows the muscles to perform work or complete exercise. When the bond is broken the body is able to make Adenosine-Triphosphateor ATP which is the energy currency of the human body. When we break a fat molecule this yields approximately 140 ATP.
So we now understand how fat is ‘burned’ in our body and this is where it gets really interesting. The molecule has been broken, the body has used the ATP to perform the ‘work’ or exercise. So what is left over now that the molecule is broken? What is left of the fat molecule? When the triglycerides or the fat molecules break we are left with the byproducts of carbon dioxide and water. So we sweat out the water and breathe out the carbon dioxide. The lungs exhale the byproducts so your weight loss is actually coming out your mouth, AMAZING!
For every 10 kgs you lose approximately 8.4 kgs came out your mouth in the form of carbon dioxide( (Meerman & Brown, 2014).
So what do we do with this new information and how can it help you to maintain your weight or help to achieve your goal. Is it a simply a matter of breathing more? Whatever atoms you put in into your body or consume they will be broken apart and used for energy. This energy will allow the body to perform essential bodily function such as breathing and keeping the heart beating. They will be used for movement and exercise or to they will be stored in the adipose tissue as fat for later use. So consider how many atoms you are putting in and how many are coming out. Let’s all try to eat less, move more. If this has sparked your interest and would like an in-depth look at this get yourself a copy of Ruben Meerman’s book, Big Fat myths or you may like to watch the TED talk via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLI_-oTlmSg.
You can also talk to a clinical nutritionist or myself, an exercise physiologist, to help design a diet and exercise program for you. Call us at Emirates Integra today!
Meerman, R., & Brown, A. J. (2014). When somebody loses weight where does the fat go? The British Journal of Medicine.