Where are extra calories stored in the body?

This is more complicated than you think it is.

The first step is to stop thinking in terms of calories. Calories are a measurement of energy. It's like saying ”how do I save gallons?” Rather than “how do I save gas?” in reference to your car.

Energy in your body comes from 3 sources: amino acids, glucose, and fatty acids.

Glucose is the simplest for your body to use. Fatty acids are the next while amino acids take a little more work to break down.

All of them go through some metabolic processing to be broken down into acetyl-coa which is then broken down into ATP and used for energy.

Glucose is located in the bloodstream (blood sugar) and in your muscles and liver (glycogen stores). Your blood sugar levels are regulated by various glands. If it gets low, your body is told to release energy from various stores to maintain its level.

Fatty acids are stored in adipose cells in the form of triglycerides. Fatty acids are also often found in your blood stream, as well either as free fatty acids or cholesterol. Fats contain more than twice the amount of energy as glucose, but takes a little more processing to get to and requires oxygen to get there while glucose can create energy without oxygen.

Amino acids are found in many places, primarily your muscles. If you need energy your body will break down muscles as well as fat to create that energy.

Glucose, amino acids and fatty acids can all be converted to triglycerides. triglycerides and amino acids can also be converted to glycogen for storage if your muscles and liver run low — this is the primary method that you lose fat through exercise, by your liver and muscles being replenished.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Leticia Olsen
👍🏼Thanks for sharing!
Sep 25, 2021 7:35PM
John Dommerman
Wondering what is the biggest factor in why I look fat. Is it my diet, or my genes? Seems all people in my family carry extra.
Jul 14, 2019 9:13AM
Darlene Davidson
Academic answer to the problem of unsightly fat deposits on the body.
Jun 23, 2019 5:56PM
Richard G Schwartz
Good info.
Jun 20, 2019 6:00PM
Ilias Tsiabardas
Very helpful information about our body function !!!!!
May 20, 2019 6:00PM
How come I have a fat belly instead of a fat liver? A rhetorical query folks. The location of storage after leaving the liver is dictated by hormones, genes, gender,and age. Just ask a menopausal female with low in estrogen. Thank you.
Apr 28, 2019 2:36AM
pamela h
To make it short and less confusing "The body stores extra and un-used calories for future use for energy. After digestion, the calories are stored for about 36 to 48 hours in the liver. If they are not used up there, then they are transported and stored as fat cells."
Apr 17, 2019 1:06AM
Dina Mundt
What I want to know is, WHY does more fat get stored in my arms than anywhere else! Hmmm
Mar 31, 2019 4:29AM
Pamela Spallin
Great information
Mar 4, 2019 12:05PM
hector tubens
Great information
Feb 13, 2019 6:26PM
Louis Nardone
Very informative
Feb 11, 2019 10:06AM
If glucose does not require oxygen to process people with sleep apnea are going to crave it. This will also increase difficulty in blood sugar control
Jan 29, 2019 12:35PM
Makes you think.
Jan 29, 2019 12:22PM
Humberto Carrasco
Jan 12, 2019 1:05PM
Jacky Pierce Friedman
Mavis Viragos, Totally agree. My neurologist wants me to exercise every day on an exercise bike. But I have arthritis throughout my body and a bad knee. My primary Dr told me that would be bad for my arthritis. Stretching exercises only. So I do and they help some. Not losing weight but moving a little better.
Nov 26, 2018 4:45PM

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