How Your Body Burns Fat
You already understand the absolute necessity and inseparability of both regular exercise and proper nutrition.
You also understand the physiology behind body-composition and long-term, permanent weight-management.
But, Your Clients Don’t
This lack of knowledge is EXACTLY HOW unscrupulous marketers of pills, powders and restricted calorie diets – prey on the public and separate them from their hard earned dollars with bogus products and faulty diet programs.
And, by now, you’ve already seen all the commercials that feature so-called experts, retired athletes and faded celebrities pitching all kinds of bogus products and diets.
Seems at this stage of their careers, they’ll do anything for a buck!
They, too, exploit this basic lack of knowledge on a trusting public — all too willing to believe in a “magic solution.”
So, to once-and-for-all dispel and dispose of the myths and misinformation perpetuated on TV, magazines, the internet and radio, let’s take a look at the basic physiology of how your body actually deals with fat.
The Fat-Burning Process
While, physiologically, it’s a complex process, fat-burning occurs by the breakdown of fat – followed by lipid transport through the bloodstream to muscle tissue — and ultimately, cellular permeation of muscle tissue where oxidation (combustion) of fat for fuel takes place.
Breakdown and Transport
Most people are confused about body-fat and how it’s broken down in the body. For example, some people think “sweat” is melted fat coming out of the pores of their skin.
Others believe it’s possible to “spot-reduce” specific areas where body-fat has accumulated. None of this is true.
When the body enters “fat metabolism” the fat cells are called upon to pour out their content into the bloodstream and travel to the muscle tissue where it will be burned as fuel.
Permeation and Combustion
After fat is broken down — it travels through the bloodstream to it’s final destination — muscle tissue. This is where the combustion of fat (for energy) actually takes place.
Sounds simple enough. But, it’s a little more complex than you might think.
The fat, or at this point, fatty acids must penetrate the cellular walls of the muscle tissue where oxidation occurs (fat-burning process).
So, the final step of fat burning occurs when the fat actually permeates the cellular walls of the muscle tissue where it will be oxidized (burned for fuel).