When You Lose Weight Where Does It Go?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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When you lose weight where does it go? When you lose weight, it never comes off in one area, it comes off all over your body at once. You can’t pick a body part and say I want to lose body fat there as that is not how body fat loss works. Genetics and lifestyle factors play a part significant part in how bodyfat distribution works. Some people tend to lose weight in other bodyfat areas faster than others.

When you lose weight where does it go? Photo credit: iStock-Zinkevych

The only way to achieve weight loss is you must be in a caloric deficit. To achieve weight loss, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. A 500 daily calorie deficit is a good place to start if you want to lose 1 pound a week.

The two most important elements of fat loss are diet and exercise. Without those 2 things you are going to have a very tough time losing weight.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of 150 to 250 minutes per day to obtain your weight loss goals. That comes out to 30 to 50 minutes per day for about 5 days a week.

When fat loss happens, fat cells shrink they don’t disappear. If you eat more than your body can burn, fat cells increase in size and number. When body fat is broken down the two byproducts of it are carbon dioxide and water.

When you are trying to lose weight, the goal should always be 1 to 2 pounds per week which is considered a healthy weight loss. Rapid weight loss has been associated with a lot of negative side effects such as muscle loss, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, headaches, etc. That is why you want to focus on losing weight the healthy way. And not focus on extreme silly diet and exercise fads.

It is important to remember that even if you lose weight your fat cells don’t disappear. And if you gain weight, they increase in size again. Research studies have shown that this is one of the reasons why maintaining weight loss is difficult for many people.

“Genetics and lifestyle factors play a part significant part in how bodyfat distribution works. Some people tend to lose weight in other bodyfat areas faster than others.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is weight loss doesn’t come off in one specific area it comes off all over your body at once. There are some body parts where you may lose fat faster than others. But there is no such thing as spot reduction and the best way to lose body fat is through diet and exercise.

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