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Old 05-30-2010, 04:57 PM
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Can you feel fat burning?

A friend says one can literally feel when one's fat is burning as a result of exercise. She describes it--and says everyone athletic describes it--as a tingling, itching feeling.

I wish to call BS on this claim. But I've been surprised before. So I lay this claim as a sacrifice at the altar of the SDMB gods. Is the sacrifice acceptable? Are the fumes pleasing to you?
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:12 PM
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No, that tingle sensation has nothing to do with fat burning.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:13 PM
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She should drink more water - sounds like acidic sweat to me. . . ;-)
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:14 PM
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How is one supposed to be able tell that those sensations are actually due to fat burning? I'm a long distance runner and I've never had a moment when I felt "Ah yes, that is fat being converted into energy". A tingling, itching feeling could be from anything - skin tingles, sweat can make you itch, feet can feel "pins and needles", clothing can rub you, muscles strain and ache.

I'm certainly aware that fat is being burned on my long runs but I don't know if there's any special physical sensation associated with it.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:17 PM
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I'm certainly aware that fat is being burned on my long runs but I don't know if there's any special physical sensation associated with it.
Hitting the wall.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:26 PM
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Is pain the feeling of weakness leaving the body?
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:42 PM
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I do notice something when I go on walks, about 25-35 minutes in, that I've attributed to aerobic burning kicking in. A sensation of altered blood flow in my diaphragm and rib area.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:45 PM
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Is pain the feeling of weakness leaving the body?
Pain is an unpleasant stimulation of the nerve endings. Weakness leaves the body through the head.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:43 PM
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I can't. I've burned 21 pounds of fat this year, and I didn't feel one calorie of it going. I've been working really hard on gardening, doing hours of digging in a day, and I've felt hungry, thirsty, tired and sore from it, but I didn't feel fat being turned into energy.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:34 PM
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That's silly.

If she could feel 'fat burning' she'd feel it all the time - any of the calories you consume daily that aren't immediately used are stored in your fat cells until you need them. Our fat cells are constantly storied and releasing energy...
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:48 AM
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No, that tingle sensation has nothing to do with fat burning.
I feel that too itching and tingling sometimes too. But it seems to be the early stage of chafing, not fat burning.
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:17 AM
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I found for me tingling indicates I'm not breathing correctly. If I stop and take a few deep breaths the tingling goes away immediately.

This doesn't happen much anymore. It happened a lot when I first got asthma, and until I worked enough to build up my tolerance.
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