Fats can make you thin.
I know that this goes contrary to nearly everything you’ve been told, but it’s true. Here’s why…
One of the problems with getting older is that our metabolism slows down. As a result it’s easier than ever to gain weight. At the same time, aging decreases muscle mass. Of course, weight or resistance training can help reduce this loss. Fortunately both of these situations can be improved when you eat the right dietary fats.
It turns out that there is a specific combination of nutritional supplements that can help build and preserve muscle mass at the same time reducing body fat. These include Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and DMAE, along with Omega-3 fatty acids.
ALPHA TO OMEGA
But before we talk about the benefits of fats to lose weight, it’s important to know about the newly discovered problems that come along with eating too much of the wrong types of oils.
In one recent study, UCLA researchers discovered that increasing intake of fish oil over vegetable oil reduced inflammation in different tissues and organs in the body. If you’ve read past issues of Balance Point you know that this is because vegetable oils are high in the pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids. By replacing these vegetable oils (safflower, corn and soybean oil) with anti-inflammatory extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings, cooking, etc., you’ll see real improvements in inflammatory problems.
In addition, scientists now know that Omega-6 oils play a role in cancer. For example, researchers at the Paterson Institute, affiliated with the University of Manchester in the UK discovered that Omega-6 fats increased the spread of prostate tumor cells into bone marrow. They also reported that Omega-3 fatty acids block this invasion.
Omega 3’s are outstanding anti-inflammatories. They give you protection from inflammatory-related diseases, such as heart disease, dementia, obesity, cancer and arthritis.
But the real reason you’re reading this article is to discover the other benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids. It turns out that…
OMEGA 3’S BURN FAT
This means that Omega-3’s can help in weight loss. The way this works is based on the concept that it takes fat to burn fat. This sounds funny, but it’s the way your body works.
You might think of it like this—if you don’t get enough fat in your diet, your body starts conserving fat. This happens because your body needs healthy fats to survive. So of course, when you get enough of the right types of fats, your body can burn stored fat.
A study done at the Charles University in Prague revealed that women on a low calorie diet lost much more weight and had greater reduction in their body mass indices (BMIs) and hip circumferences, when they took Omega-3 fish oil.
One reason for this is that Omega-3 fatty acids increase the cellular process of thermogenesis (generating internal heat). Thermogenesis burns calories in the form of body heat instead of storing them as body fat.
Current research points to the fact that EFAs may be able to directly influence the genes that control how we store and burn fat. Omega-3 EFAs can “switch on” these key genes involved in burning fat.
Research also suggests that Omega-3s switch on a protein called uncoupling protein-3. This protein is important in energy metabolism. Having more uncoupling proteins results in more energy being used as heat, which increases energy and decreases stored fat. If you’ve ever dieted, you know how important this is because stored body fat is very difficult to lose.
The bottom line is that Omega-3 fatty acids not only protect us from chronic inflammation and degenerative disease, but they also play an important role in how we store and burn fat. I recommend my patients take 1-2 capsules of Omega-3 with each meal.