If you're having a hard time convincing yourself to keep on exercising, then this new study may help change your mind: fat, it turns out, is eliminated through your lungs.
Health experts have always suggested that you combine proper diet and exercise to lose weight. Doing only one of them won't cut out, especially in light with this new research.
To understand how fat is released from the body through your lungs, let's talk about its biochemistry. Everything in your body, including fat, is composed of atoms, which are then made up of elements. For example, when you eat, fat is stored as triglyceride. Triglyceride, meanwhile, can be broken down into four-fifths of carbon dioxide and one-fifth of water.
We know how water is excreted. When we cry, sweat, or urinate, for instance, we are getting rid of water and thus a portion of the fat.
However, the bigger part of the component is removed from the body through exhaling, a process that expels carbon dioxide.
The good news is that as long as you're still breathing, you are getting rid of that build-up of fat. In fact, when you sleep, you are expelling 200 grams of carbon.
But you can certainly do more. By exchanging at least an hour of your rest to exercise, something that's moderately intense like jogging or running, you can add more and give off 240 grams of this carbon.
In other words, the more you exercise, the more fat you remove from your body.
The researchers who work in University of New South Wales thus remind you to do two things: first, it's best if you eat less to give your body enough chance to cope with the fat build-up. Second, always move even if it means only a few minutes of exercise. Every intense activity counts to fat loss.