Most of the time when you see an advertisement for weight loss you hear things like “burn calories, shed fat”, or something of that nature. Although these terms are often interchangeably used, they do have a slight difference to them.
Burning calories does not solidify that you will drop the extra pounds quickly. In the case of burning calories, you are only burning the extra stored sugars that your body has accumulated that day through food and liquid intake to be used as energy. If you are consuming a large amount of calories, it will be harder to burn them off through exercise to be able to access your actual fat cells.
In the case of burning fat, as stated above, it comes after you have burned off the excess sugar and calories you have taken in that day. So in order to properly lose fat, a person should be burning more calories than they consume each day. If you do consume a larger amount of calories, you will be required to exercise for longer periods of time in order to get to the fat burning stage.
Yes, it sounds like a daunting task to have to constantly exercise to burn calories, but even the simplest of tasks burn calories. Your body draws energy from both calories and fat to power everything you do, such as walking the dog, unpacking groceries, even thinking and sleeping. However, the energy burn follows a very specific order that is pivotal to weight loss. Calories from food and drink either get used immediately or turn into energy reserves, which are stored in fat cells. When you are being active, your body calls upon recently consumed calories for fuel and only taps into its stored energy supply (fat) once the available calories have been depleted.