Fat burning does not always translate into increased body fat percentage loss. Ketogenic diets and low-intensity cardio increase fat mobilization, but if you are not in a calorie deficit, this will not increase fat loss. Being in ketosis does not always translate into fat loss. Fatty acids can be re-esterified, meaning they can be released and then re-used by the fat cell.
SUMMARY OF FAT MOBILIZATION MYTHS
Fat burning does not always translate into increased body fat percentage loss.
Ketogenic diets and low-intensity cardio increase fat mobilization, but if you are not in a calorie deficit, this will not increase fat loss.
Being in ketosis does not always translate into fat loss.
Fatty acids can be re-esterified, meaning they can be released and then re-used by the fat cell.
BURNING MORE CALORIES FROM FAT DOES NOT ALWAYS EQUAL LOSING BODY FAT
The word fat burning is thrown around in the fitness and supplement industry to get in shape. How many articles have you read that state there are certain: best fat-burning exercises? Another common statement you have probably heard is, “Eat More Fat, Burn More Fat!”
There is a big difference between weight loss vs. fat loss; as you will learn in this article, there are also big differences between acute fat burning vs. net fat burning. There are many myths about fat-burning and weight loss supplements that people have to understand before believing that getting yourself into a fat-burning mode will translate into increased fat loss.
WHAT IS FAT BURNING?
“Fat burning” or fat lipolysis is the process of fats being broken down and released into circulation as an energy source. Fats are stored as tryglycerides and are broken down into fatty acids through a process called lipolysis (i.e., fat mobilization)
Lipolysis happens day and night. However, you won’t lose fat unless you are in a calorie deficit. Here is a very depressing fat about fat cells. You never lose fat cells, but they can shrink. Once you add a new fat cell, you never lose them, but it can shrink. Think of fat cells like a balloon, you can deflate them, but the balloon is still there.
Fat Storage and Fat Lipolysis
Three mechanisms regulate fat Storage and Fat Lipolysis:
· De Novo Lipogenesis (DNL)– conversion of glucose to stored fat. Check out this article on Evidence Based Muscle here for more information. De Novo Lipogenesis accounts for a very small part of gaining fat under normal circumstances.
· Re-esterification (RE)– fats can be broken down but re-used by fat cells. How much re-esterification depends on how many calories are being consumed (i.e., calorie deficit, calorie surplus)
· Lipolysis (L)– the breakdown of stored fat. This involves breaking down tryglycerides into glycerol and fatty acids.
Losing fat revolves around fat balance: DNL + RE = L.