If you were asked to mention the perfect food for humans, you could mention something healthful, delicious, and that which is able to stay for hours in the stomach in order to fight hunger.
While the world is being obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, a few of us understand how a kilogram of fat vanishes off scales.
Surprisingly, the 150 doctors, dietitians, and personal trainers we surveyed shared this similarly surprising gap in the literacy of their health. The most misapprehension by far is that fat is converted to energy. But this theory has very big a problem- it violates the law of conservation of matter, which is completely obeyed by all chemical reactions.
Some people believe that the fat is excreted or turns into muscles while others assumed that it escaped through the colon. Still, others have the belief that it shrinks if you really work it off. Only three gave the right answer; meaning 98% of the health professionals could not explain how weight loss works.
So, if it is not converted to energy or muscles, where does fat go?
The correct answer, according to Andrew Brown from the University of New South Wales, is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water.
The carbon dioxide is exhaled and the water mixes into circulation until it is lost (by excretion) as either urine or sweat through the body. If 10 pounds of fat is lost, it is concluded that without a slightest difference 8.4 pounds is lost through the lungs and the remaining 1.6 pounds gradually turns into water. We could then come to an invariable understanding that all the fat we lose is exhaled.
This really, really astonishes almost everyone. But the fact is that almost everything we eat comes back out through the lungs. Every carbohydrate a human digests and almost all the fat is completely converted into carbon dioxide and water.
Dietary fibre is what makes the food we eat go into the colon and remain undigested. Everything else we swallow is absorbed into the bloodstream and, thereafter, it will not go elsewhere until it is vaporized.
So if fat turns into carbon dioxide, simply breathing more (hyperventilation) does not make one lose weight.
But, when you walk around, cook, vacuum or sweep your surroundings, this triples the rate of metabolism.