In fact, the process of losing weight is related to the breakdown of fatty tissue. When the body lacks nutrients, the fat tissue cells start to break down fat to get energy.
Triglycerides, which are the main type of fat in the body, are broken down into glycerol and fatty acids. Glycerol is used by liver cells to synthesize glucose, and fatty acids are absorbed by tissues.
The fat cell, having broken down some of its stores, remains alive and can recover what it has spent. However, with prolonged starvation, depleted cells can self-destruct.
Interesting fact: the heaviest man in history weighed about 635 kg. His name was John Minnock, and it was very difficult to weigh him because of his large size and small mobility.