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Which fat gets burned first

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Is your body selective about which fat to burn first. Stored fat vs the fat you've consumed that day. Or do we know?

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on February 04, 2012
at 08:41 PM

+1 on a answering with a question should have it's own badge. :)

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:59 AM

the Socratic method....love it.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:02 AM

That's a neat trick! I'm surprised there isn't a badge for that. :-))

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on February 03, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Fat is constantly being released into circulation by your fat cells, and constantly being taken back up. Your other cells will take up and burn for energy whatever's in circulation.

So: after you eat fat, more of the fat in circulation will be from the food you just ate...but it'll never be 100% one or the other. Fat in the blood isn't nearly as tightly regulated as glucose in the blood.

JS

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:33 AM

IF you had a bunch of fat floating around in your bloodstream from food, why would your body release fat from storage???

Yes, I answered a question with a question...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:02 AM

That's a neat trick! I'm surprised there isn't a badge for that. :-))

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 04, 2012
at 04:59 AM

the Socratic method....love it.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on February 04, 2012
at 08:41 PM

+1 on a answering with a question should have it's own badge. :)

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on February 03, 2012
at 10:43 PM

My fuzzy recollection is it is fatty acids in the blood first, then stored fat. The fatty acids are almost constantly being stored and released from fat cells, depending on your hormones. But there's a whole bunch of caveats and assumptions. Namely, you don't have high carbs (and possibly are fat adapted).

Basic idea is the body goes for carbs. Hey no carbs, it goes for fatty acids, nom nom nom, hey not enough fatty acids. Hormones go out and fat cells start releasing more.

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on February 04, 2012
at 05:21 PM

The other answers here about being fat adapted and having a constant take-up and release of triglycerides are correct. But I want to point something else out: Does it matter? If your body burns stored fat and not the fat you just ate then the fat you just ate will get stored and become stored fat. Likewise if you burn what you just ate then you still have your stored fat. You end up in the same place.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:01 PM

If you eat or take MCT oil, either from coconut oil or MCT oil, these Medium Chain Oils are immediately turned to energy, so it is a good quick source.

Other fats seem to be consumed after carbs are transformed into energy.

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