A lot of people wish for nothing else than to burn some fat so that they can look good in their bathing suits this summer at the beach. However, it’s interesting that not a lot of people know what burning fat actually means. It’s important to be aware of the fact that fat cells exist to store energy, in the first place. So, when you eat high-calorie foods, your body will increase the number of fat cells which need to store that extra energy from the food. Moreover, if you exaggerate, the body will even start storing fat cells on the muscles or on organs.
Historically and evolutionary speaking, storing fat was something that helped humans. In ancient times, the energy was stored in fatty acids. So, when there was no food around or when predators were chasing humans, these acids were released into the bloodstream and used as fuel for the organs and muscles. It helped us survive. People who were more inclined to store fat were more likely to survive a lot of time without food. The problem is that nowadays, food is everywhere, and nobody runs from predators anymore. The result? Obesity.
Burning fat and what it actually means
According to official numbers, over one-third of United States’ adult population is obese. There is a chain reaction that comes from this, including the production of abnormal levels of hormones. These slow down the metabolism, increase inflammation and make people more vulnerable to various diseases. So, when someone decides to burn fat, the organism does two things.
It uses the energy that is already stored in those fat cells for new activity. Then, it stops putting away so much energy for storage. So, in time, the body will extract the energy it needs from food and won’t store it first. As the body readjusts, you will start losing weight and become an overall healthier person.
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