The Process of Fat Burning

The Process Of Fat Burning

fat burning, digestion, fat, subcutaneous fat, visceral fatLet us firstly look at how fat is deposited around your body.

I have to admit, I was a hard core fitness fanatic who would spend hours and hours in the gym trying to burn off every last ounce of fat on my body.
The funny thing about it, after all that sweat, blood and tears I could never reach my desired weight. As I got older and my metabolism began to slow down, the goal seemed increasingly out of my reach.
The pattern continued for many years until I finally figured out what I was doing wrong.
It was time to start all over again!

I had to completely change the way I worked out, but more importantly I had a total re-vamp on my relationship with food and a re-education on what food I needed to lose weight and keep it off.

But you do not have to make the mistakes I made. At Sharing Self-Improvement you can learn from my burn! You now have access to all the information you need to lose weight, increase your energy and vitality, optimize your health and look fabulous!

Before getting into the meat of fat burning food (excuse the pun!) 🙂 let us look at the process of how fat is deposited around your body.

The energy present in your food is measured loosely in terms of calories. Food that is high in calories will provide more energy to the body. In order for the body to digest the food and get the energy from it, it has to expend energy.

In simple terms:

Food/calories in + Digestion (removal of energy from the food)

= Expended Energy

So as the body acquires new fuel (food, energy, calories) the old fuel is being burnt off. The harder the food is to digest the more energy is expended by the body to digest it.

Macro Nutrients and their Calories

CarbohydratesProtein and Fat make up the 3 Macro Nutrient or food units present in food.

1g of Protein yields 4 calories

1g of Carbohydrate yields 4 calories and

1g of Fat yields 9 calories.

As you can see fat provides more than double the calories to the body compared to the other two nutrients.

However as we have discussed in previous pages, each food type is an essential part of a Healthy Diet Plan to provide the nutrients your body needs.

After you have eaten and provided your body with fuel in the form of CarbohydratesProtein and Fat, the process of digestion and assimilation begins. Energy is then generated and the fuel is used for various functionality of the body.

The excess fat is stored up eventually in the form of ‘Fat’ in the ‘Fat Cells’ of your body and around the kidney and liver.

Because the body has a limited amount of these fat cells there is a limit as to how much can be stored. Once the fat cells have reached full capacity if you like, the fat is then stored in muscle linings.

Now it is important to mention here that your body has 2 types of fat:

Subcutaneous Fat

Visceral Fat

Subcutaneous Fat is found just under your skin and is the type that causes dimples and cellulite.

Visceral Fat is the deep lurking fat found in your belly and surrounds vital organs including your liver, heart and muscle.

It is the visceral fat that has been linked to serious health problems such as heart diseasediabetes and stroke among many other chronic diseases.

Fat cells can be found in the chest, waist and hip region. As more fat gets deposited in the cells the larger they grow in size. This is what you see when you look in the mirror, horrified and flinching at the flab around your chest, waist and hip. When the cells in those areas have reached maximum capacity, you begin to store them up in the muscle lining of your arms and thighs flinching at the flab in those areas too!

But you don’t need to worry any longer! At Sharing Self-Improvement you will learn everything you need to know to move from flinching at the flab to fighting the flab. On the next page we will look at how you can turn your body into a fat burning furnace! 

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