Energy and fat.
I'd like to learn more about what happens to excess calories depending on you're activity levle.
Reason being, I'm fuzzy on the subject, and since I have a fat gain fear I thought it'd be a good idea to know the facts so I didn't have so may questions all the time.
So that I can look back at this question,this thread, and remember what was said when I get worried again.
When is it that excess calories turn to fat?
Its my understanding that if you're eating excess calories, and they're not doing anything or being used as energy, then they'll be stored as fat.
I've learned from pas questions this doesn't happen within a day, so how long does it take to happen?
For instance I've been ill for a couple of days. Just been sat in the house mostly.
Still had my same surplus diet though, obviously, so would this mean I've added some fat because those extra calories were not used as energy?
Not that I'm really worried or anything, I just saw this as an opportunity to ask you guys and learn more about it.
How do calories act, and what determines what they turn into? Also, what sort of speed are we talking?
I don't pretend to know all the science, but from my understanding the body does not immediately enter full-blown fat storage mode until it sees a consistent demand.
I will let Casey Butt speak:
So its basically saying you're going to start to go down hill after about 2 weeks of eating on a surplus?
What about immobility? Thats what I'm confused about.
He said 2 weeks before the body switches to a fat gain state, but how does activity level effect that?
Take me who's been sitting in the house for the last 2 days, ill, and then take someone who worked out for one of those days, and was out walking the following, just being generally active,
Wouldn't I have put on extra fat that he didn't have to because he was burning it as energy? Or is 2 days still not enough time, even if fairly sedentary, for the body to switch to fat gain mode.
Keep in mind that every ones body is different on how they react to diet, calories in/out, exercise etc. General rule is 3500 cal is 1 pound of fat. So lets say your diet stays the exact same but you aren't exercising anymore. Lets say you avg. workout burned 250 cal. Now you are in a surplus of 250 a day from what you use to maintain a weight at. At this rate, it would take about 14 days to add up to the 3500 cal equaling 1 pound of fat gain. Hope this makes sense to you and helps you understand a little more.
From what Casey and Steve we're saying, you're body doesn't automatically switch to a fat storing state as soon as you stop working out.
What I'm trying to establish is when exactly the body starts that fat storing process, and react, like you said, to the surplus of calories youv'e added on top of you're maintenance, if its not being used for energy and to build muscle.
Like you said though, everyones different.
I was only off ill for a couple of days, So I'm assuming my body wouldn't have gone into that fat storing process, seen as it would still be recovering from a previous workout at that point.
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