How does diet and exercise actually make you lose weight?

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October 23, 2019 / By Dhelweard
Question: *DUMB QUESTION ALERT* I promise I'm not usually this dumb lol. Anyway, I was wondering how does it actually make you lose weight? If you are overweight (assuming it's not because of muscle) it's going to be because of fat cells right? (hence liposuction breaking down fat cells therefore resulting in weight loss) so how does running around, going on a treadmill, walking etc etc etc actually break down those fat cells? And how does dieting do it? I understand that eating healthily will stop you from GAINING weight but how does it actually make you lose it? Thanks! :) LOL, thanks for your answers. On reading them, It kicked my memory and I now realise I knew the answers haha.
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Bezaleel Bezaleel | 8 days ago
Imagine your body is a water balloon. Instead of water, it's filled with gasoline, the fuel that powers you. Fat (and some extent, muscle) is nothing more than stored energy. When you eat food and you use only a little energy, the body stores the rest as fat for when you need it later. You become fat because you have a lot of energy waiting to be burned. The water balloon is basically really full of gasoline and you're really round. When you exercise and eat healthy food, you're burning more gas than you're filling in the balloon. You have less gas in your balloon and you shrink in size and become smaller. So, if in one day you burn 20 gallons of gas but you only put 15 in the tank, you lose weight and become more healthy. When you exercise, you burn more gas than when you just sit around and watch tv or read or play video games. That's why exercise helps lose weight. Dieting helps lose weight because you're putting less gas in. Make sense?
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Bezaleel Originally Answered: What should be my diet & exercise plan to lose weight?
A thought about your work environment first. I spend about 50% of time in my administrative office and the rest in clinic or lab. I put a drafting table in the admin office so that I could move between it and my desk. That lets me vary my working position between sitting and standing during the day. I use a laptop docked to monitors so that my "electronic brain" can move with me between sites in the office and elsewhere. I feel much better at the end of a work day since implementing this change. On Yahoo!Answers I find the same questions being asked repeatedly. A couple of common question amounts to "How do I lose weight," or more specifically, "How do I lose abdominal fat?" I have gotten very positive responses from my answers when I paused to reply (and now beginning to get "It works!" emails that are very gratifying. I like helping people)... so have recently decided to put a good solid answer on my Yahoo!360 Blog (September 10) that I can point people to. These are my thoughts as a physician and athlete. Don't target losing more than about 2 lbs per week. If you try to lose faster, your body will go into "starvation mode" and get very stingy about burning calories while at the same time very efficient about storing any calories that you do provide. And it will make you feel awful. There is no site specific way of losing fat... the old myth about working your abs to burn belly fat isn't true. To get rid of love handles, you need to lose overall fat. That happens with exercise and watching your diet. More on that below. The most effective way to lose fat is aerobic exercise in the "moderate" fat-burning range, ideally first thing in the morning before you eat. When you wake your body is ready to burn fat and your levels of growth hormone are highest at that time. Later in the day it can take up to 30 minutes just to put your body into a fat-burning mode. Another overlooked way to burn fat is by lifting weights. Skeletal muscle has very high caloric needs... almost twice that of adipose (fat) tissue. Put on a little muscle and you will burn calories all day even at rest. Be aware that skeletal muscle weighs more, so with this approach you may see your weight increasing while your body fat is melting away. Not realizing this often stresses folks who think they should be losing weight as a measure of fitness. Forget the scale, look in the mirror and you will be happy. To lose a pound of fat, you need to eliminate about 3500 calories. You can do this by burning more with exercise or by modifying your diet to reduce intake. If you do a Google search on say, "swimming calories" you will quickly find a website with tables of calories burned for a given exercise. You can use such lists to estimate how many calories you are burning up with your routine. For diet, keep a diary for a couple of weeks counting calories, grams of protein, and grams of fat intake. It is easy with online sources of nutritional information (type the name of the food and calories into the Google search engine) and packaging labels. That will let you quickly figure out where the fat is coming from in your diet. Fat gives you 9 calories per gram. So take the number of grams of fat, multiply by 9, then calculate what percentage the fat calories are of your total daily calories. Restricting the calories from fat to about 20% of your total intake is ideal for a maintenance diet... that isn't overly restrictive. Of note, you need some fat in your diet. For instance, the body uses fat to produce hormones. Once you have a picture of how to modify your diet, you can drop the diary and just go back to it occasionally if you are wanting to tweek things further. There is a subset of questions that goes further and asks about "How to get a six-pack?" The answer is the same. Six-packs are 20% abdominal exercise and 80% diet. There is one caveat... abdominal muscles will form in the position that you work them, so be certain to pull them tightly toward your spine while doing crunches, etc. Also, during most lifting, the "core is active" which means that you should be stabilizing with contracted abs then too. Fail to do this and the abs will form, but bulging outward and the result is not attractive. If you are trying to build muscle as a way to lose fat, then you may need to increase total calories and specifically your protein intake. I target about 0.8 g of protein per pound of body weight each day when actively building. That is far more protein than most people need in their diets. Aloha

Abot Abot
Hmm that's a good question, I think the muscles start to get stronger and burn more calories when eating healthy
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Sofia Sofia
Consume honey before bed because consumption of honey may help to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep
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Polly Polly
savory umami ingredients such as mushrooms low sodium soy asparagus and olives can help you feel full and add an earthy home y quality to your healthy dishes
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Maud Maud
looking for the benefits of salmon but you dont feel comfortable cooking fish try canned salmon as a simple and affordable alternative
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Lashay Lashay
Your body burns up food for energy - it metabolises carbohydrates into a substance called glycogen that the muscles use for fuel so if you burn up more energy than you eat you lose weight.
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Jessalyn Jessalyn
Fat is stored energy - just as a pile of wood is stored energy. If you use more energy than you eat, then a tiny bit of the fat is converted into energy that the body can use. One pound of fat = 3,500 calories. Most overweight people can create a 500 calorie deficit a day (through exercise and reduced calorie intake) and thus lose a pound a week.
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Jessalyn Originally Answered: If on a 100% raw food diet, will I lose weight without exercise?
Losing weight is more about how much you eat than it is about what you eat. Eating less calories, regardless of the type of food, will cause you to drop the pounds.

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