What Happens to Fat When You Lose Weight?

Gastric bypass surgery can help patients lose a great deal of weight within a short window of time, but where exactly does all the fat go? It’s commonly thought that when fat is burned, it’s used as energy and given off from the body as heat. However, this isn’t true, as it would violate the law of conservation of mass. Actually, most of it is exhaled. Watch this video to find out how.

You’ll learn about the science behind the breakdown of lipids—a process that requires a great deal of oxygen. Once the lipids are broken down, they’re converted into carbon dioxide and water. This means that bariatric patients exhale 80% of the fat they burn, and lose the rest as water.

Bariatric Care Centers is a weight loss clinic in Houston that can help eligible patients lose weight quickly and keep it off permanently. Call (713) 339-1353 to request a consult, and get the details about the typical bariatric diet.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.


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