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I feel like this is the most difficult information on the internet to find! I really want to know (out of general curiosity) how it actually happens. I know that if you eat less and exercise more you'll lose weight (it's true, it's happening to me!) but I can't help but wonder how it actually comes off.

Does the weight just dissolve, or do you discharge it in your pee, (or poo - I'm sorry...) or do you actually burn it off the way your body burns off healthy food? Are their acids that turn the fat into energy for your body or something?

Every time I try and find this information online I always get recommendations on how to lose weight - this is my last resort!

Thanks guys!

Fri. Apr 4, 1:21pm

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great question. I hope we get a understandable answer.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 1:49 PM

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think of your body as a furnace. You burn the food in your GI tract first but when that is not available (due to decreased supply - diet, or increased demand - exercise) you burn body fat.
Specifically it is chemical. Your body converts amino actids (proteins), lipids (fats) and sugars (carbs) into energy. I can get more detailed later when I am at home sitting in front of my text books.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:07 PM

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try going onto caloriesperhour. com
or under weight loss and they both do a good job of explaining it for you

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:22 PM

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Funny but good question. Did you ever hear someone say well the weight you lost, I found it?!?!? When someone is referring to their gaining weight...
I know, where does it really go???

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:52 PM

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It's like asking where the log went after it is burnt- it got converted and used as energy.
Interestingly - you can add new fat cells but you never get rid of them once they are there - they just shrink.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:54 PM

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