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It is a three stage process: 1 The mo­bil­i­sa­tion of fat out of the fat cell. 2 The cir­cu­la­tion of the mo­bilised fatty acids around the body. 3 The ox­i­da­tion stage, in which the fatty acids get trans­ported into the mi­to­chon­dria of the cell to be used as fuel, which is how you lose body fat. Com­ple­tion of the third stage is crit­i­cal. If the fatty acids are not used for energy they will be re-stored in the fat cell. For­tu­nately, there are spe­cific ways to en­sure each of these three stages is com­pleted.

When you start a weight-loss pro­gramme vis­ceral fat around the ab­dom­i­nal or­gans is the first to go as it is eas­ily mo­bilised due to a higher ra­tio of beta re­cep­tors. There is good blood flow fa­cil­i­tat­ing cir­cu­la­tion of the fatty acids and energy stor­age in these fat cells is less ef­fi­cient. This hap­pens fairly quickly and the re­sult is a slim­mer waist.

The body then be­gins to use the fat un­der­neath the skin. This phase is more chal­leng­ing and can take much longer. Sub­cu­ta­neous fat is not par­tic­u­larly re­spon­sive to mo­bil­i­sa­tion – blood flow is only mod­er­ate and the tis­sue is more ef­fi­cient at fat stor­age. Many di­eters be­come dis­cour­aged at this point and give up but keep go­ing – ef­forts will even­tu­ally pay off!

Stay away from crash di­ets or di­ets that cause you to lose fat and gain it back again. The more your weight fluc­tu­ates the more stub­born fat you may gain and los­ing it be­comes more dif­fi­cult. Diet is the main driver of fat loss but ex­er­cise will help get you to your goal that much faster.

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