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What happens to fat when we lose weight?

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It is a common misconception that when a person loses weight, the fat is converted into energy. The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions are bound by.

According to British newspaper the Daily Mail, two doctors from the University of New South Wales in Australia attempted to answer the question of what actually happens to fat.

They explained that fat is converted into carbon dioxide and water. The carbon dioxide is exhaled and the water mixes into circulation until its either urinated or sweated out of the body.

Most of the weight we lose is exhaled. For instance if a person loses ten kilograms of fat, 8.4 kilograms will be exhaled out by the lungs, with the remaining 1.6 turning into water.

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