How Does Your Body Burn Fat?


In modern society, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. It’s one of the leading causes of heart disease and diabetes.

And while we could play the blame-game on what industry or factor plays the biggest role in our population’s fat gain, understanding how the body works is essential to preventing this epidemic from spreading. It’s crucial for you to lead a healthy, happy, and long life.

So how does the body’s energy systems work? How does the body burn fat?

The Fat Cell of Today

Fat cells used to play an essential role in survival. When excess energy is present, the body stores fat in fat cells and even increases the number of fat cells to accommodate this excess.

And in hunter-gatherer times, these cells played an invaluable role. When danger was near or food was scarce, energy would be released from these cells. It kept our ancestors alive.

Today, food is plentiful. We live in the most comfort the human species has ever known. And with this easy food access and safety comes an increase in fat storage.

Fat cells also don’t function as efficiently as they did back when they were utilized for survival. The fat calls of today take up more energy than ever before and also very slowly release it.

They are further enlarged. And these abnormally enlarged fat cells release hormones that throw off the balance in the body. Inflammation increases. The metabolism slows down.

And these conditions make it hard to reverse obesity. It makes it more difficult for the body to shed the excess weight. But with time and the right resources, it is possible.

Burning Fat 101

Burning fat comes down to adjustments in your energy consumption and energy expenditure. When you begin an exercise routine or narrow in on your nutrition, the body begins to release the fat from these fat cells to be used for energy. It also stops creating new fat cells which is key.

And the brain regulates this whole process. It notes that energy is needed via decreased blood sugar and other energy stores. So, it sends a message to the fat cells to release the fat for energy use. Fatty acids are released from the fat cells, and sent to the parts of the body that need them where they are converted to usable energy.

This leaves empty fat cells - which makes it easy to put weight back on quickly, since your body already has a place to store fat. This is why maintenance is so important and why many quick-fixes don’t work. Eventually, with time, these cells do die like any other cell in your body. But time is essential for this to happen.

As fat is lost, the body adapts. It begins to use energy directly from the food you eat and stops storing it right away.

The result? You have decreased inflammation, a higher metabolism, healthy weight maintenance, and generally, this leads to greater health.

How To Lose Fat

Losing weight and fat comes down to a combination of factors, including diet, lifestyle, and exercise. If you truly want to make a change in your health and life, you need to commit. You need to become consistent and make a permanent lifestyle change.

Are you looking to find an exercise routine that suits your goals and your lifestyle? At the 1621 Club, our personal trainers are ready to guide you and determine a program suited to your needs. Start your journey toward a better life today.