How Eating Fat Can Help You Lose Weight

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You think to yourself, this cannot be, but it is true. Eating the right types of fat gives your body the right chemistry to become more efficient in burning and processing the bad types of fat out your system.

These fats come into the human body in the form of fatty acids and are delivered primarily as omega-3 and omega-6. According to Dr. Gittleman, these fatty acids “raise your metabolism, help flush water from your kidneys, and lower your triglyceride levels. These fatty acids also increase the activity of carnitine to help your body burn fat better…” (Gittleman, 29, 2002)

These fatty acids are what you want to focus on if you wish to lose weight in two weeks or any other short amount of time. Having these healthy fats introduced into your system will truly help your body in processing fat quicker and reduce your waist line.

Alpha-linolenic Acid

Alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA is a fatty acid that comes from eating foods high in omega-3. This fatty acid can be obtained from flaxseeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds. This is an important factor in weight loss because it boosts your metabolic rate. When your metabolism rate raises (link to previous post) your body will burn more stored fat and process consumed fat quicker. Think of a steady burning fire that has just had a fresh log put on it. This is what the body does with ALA, your body starts operating a bit higher then before.

Gamma-linolenic Acid

Another important fatty acid from the omega family is called gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. GLA is from omega-6 and it does a marvelous job of converting stored fat into energy. It does this by activating your brown adipose tissue (BAT) to burn fat rather than storing it. According to Dr. Gittleman, GLA functions to “stimulate your thyroid, thus raising your metabolism, and activate your BAT to burn fat rather than storing it in your white adipose tissue (WQAT).” (Gittleman, p. 29, 2002)  This is the same function that a bear does when it goes into hibernation. It stores up fat for the winter, and while it is in hibernation the bears body starts using the stored fat. When we eat too much fat, our bodies put it into storage for a future date, but the problem is we don’t hibernate like bears, so we end up with a big waistline. By consuming GLA, our body is signaled to use the reserves for energy. As Gittleman states “when properly activated, BAT can become your own fat burning machine” (Gittleman, p 29, 2002)

Conjugated-linolenic Acid.

A third fatty acid that we want to spend time thinking about it conjugated-linolenic acid, or CLA. CLA can be consumed from grass fed meat, milk and other full fat dairy products. The purpose of CLA is to help convert fat into learn muscle as well as promoting cell growth. However, CLA is harder to consume naturally because meat and dairy are no longer coming from cows that have been grass fed which was the source of the CLA. It is best to gain this fatty acid in supplement form.

I have made a point to consume more flaxseed oil in my diet but I also want to ensure I am getting ALA, GLA, and CLA and I have found that supplementation works best for me.

I hope that the reading here was helpful, and feel free to look at the references as well, because there are other brilliant people writing about this as well.

In closing, if you truly want to lose weight in two weeks in a healthy, natural and safe way, start by adding these fatty acids into your daily diet and you will notice a great difference in your waistline.

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