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When you lose weight.... where does it go?


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So where do you think it goes? I have seen people lose 50 lbs.. does it come out as sweat, pee or (excuse me) poop?  ...


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wondered this also?

 

how funny.  when you lose fat, your fat cells get smaller (you don't actually "lose" them).  when you gain fat, your body makes more fat cells that don't ever go away.

tom venuto has an article about it: http://burnfats.wordpress.com/2007/05/03/the- incredible-shrinking-fat-cell/

When you consume fewer calories than your body needs, your body turns to fat for energy. Body fat is broken down through a series of complex metabolic processes. Your body uses the energy produced by these processes. The waste products from these processes are water and carbon dioxide. You excrete water primarily through urine and sweat, and carbon dioxide by exhaling.

Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/body-fat/AN0 1327



Oh... I thought the twinkie fairy took it...

My world is shattered.  :(

this is physics xD

weight loss is the result of fat cells releasing energy and using that energy to work your body. :)

I don't think this was a serious question.  At least, I hope it wasn't serious.
I've seriously wondered it.  I, too, thought it came out as potty.

So I did an experiment last night.

I weighed myself immediately before going to bed. I wanted to see if my weight would change overnight, with little or no activity, and no potty.

When I weighed myself this morning, there was a slight (0.2 lb) decrease. Then I went potty and weighed myself again.

Try it yourself sometime. It's mildly entertaining.

Hey CelluliteD, is that a new picture? 

Ch'yeah.  I just took it this morning.  There's another new one on my profile and another in the gallery.  It's kind of obvious to tell which ones are new.

Edit: Corrected my horrid drunekn typing.
Original Post by luvtraveling:

So I did an experiment last night.

I weighed myself immediately before going to bed. I wanted to see if my weight would change overnight, with little or no activity, and no potty.

When I weighed myself this morning, there was a slight (0.2 lb) decrease. Then I went potty and weighed myself again.

Try it yourself sometime. It's mildly entertaining.

 I've done that before, weigh myself when I wake up and then again after the bathroom, I seriously dropped a pound one time after peeing lol, guess I drank a lot before bed.

according to the article posted by frehug , it comes out through urine and sweat... So does this mean that you lose more weight in summer than winter?

 I know all these are silly questions.. but just curious?
It doesn't say whether fat cells can actually die though :S
So if you're severely obese then lose weight you'll still have an excess number of fat cells hanging around, right?
urine, sweat and respiration
No the fat cells do not go away, however the mass that is inside them decreases...which is why when you lose weight you can often gain it right back by filling those cells back up.  Read the post before my first one and follow the link. 
Original Post by ahsa5392:

according to the article posted by frehug , it comes out through urine and sweat... So does this mean that you lose more weight in summer than winter?

I know all these are silly questions.. but just curious?

Not really.  Your body gets rid of extra fluids through sweating to when you are hot to help maintain your body temperature.  It just means you end up peeing less later.

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