The Science Behind Weight Loss

Hitting the treadmill five times a week and staying away from donuts is a great start, but it’s not enough to aid you in your weight loss journey. On the other hand, knowing how our bodies operate on a scientific level will tremendously aid you in your quest for a smaller waistline. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t a mad scientist, and this knowledge takes a nice amount of studying to digest.


But you’re in luck. Here’s a brief breakdown of why the science behind weight loss is just as critical as the actions.

My former personal trainer explained it best. Our bodies are like bank accounts, but instead of storing money in them, we store energy. Energy is found in our bodies in a few different places like our muscles, liver and stored energy in the form of fat. Fat is what we’re trying to diminish. In order to do that, we have to burn all of the other energy we have stored in our muscles and liver first. In terms of money, you would have to blow through all of your checking account and then spend the money in your savings. The only way to get to your savings account is get through your checking account first. So go ahead and go on that “fitness shopping spree.” Buy the dress, the shoes and the bag to match.

Effectively getting to the point of burning stored fat means you have to be mindful of what you’re putting back in your body. Since carbohydrates are the body’s main way of storing energy, avoiding carbs and focusing on protein, healthy fats and vegetables helps your body continue to burn fat.

Remember, if the point is to empty your “bank account,” putting money back into it kind of defeats the purpose. So stay away from carbs as much as possible. But there will come a point when you do need to refuel with carbs. Eventually, your body will need that energy to not feel tired and depleted and to get through your workouts effectively.

After about two to three days of focusing on a low carb diet while exercising to burn all of the energy stored in your body, you should refuel with healthy carbs like oatmeal and fruit. Think of it as being almost at the point of overdrafting your savings account. At that point, you should put some money back into your bank account because being broke ain’t cute. Keep repeating this process and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, leaner you in no time!

Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.