Some of the most experienced trainees, people who’ve been living the fitness lifestyle for many, many years, still overlook some of the most essential components of true healthy living. Below are two of these components, and in addition to being exceedingly great for your health, they are also essential for optimal fat loss.
CLA – The Secret Weapon for Weight Loss?
Certain fatty acids are essential to the body’s functions. Essential means it is a needed nutrient. The body can’t work properly without it. We must have a certain amount of essential nutrients each day or week to ensure good health and to keep our vital organs it good working order. Our bodies can store some nutrients for later use, but they need replenished on a bi-weekly basis at most.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a free fatty acid essential to good health. It is found naturally in some foods and can also be taken in supplement form. It has been shown in animal studies have exciting health benefits. CLA has been found to have anti-carcinogen properties and may also be beneficial to heart health. Its full potential has not yet been discovered, but is known to help metabolize fats and proteins.
Grass fed cows have much higher amounts of CLA than factory-raised cattle. That means CLA is many times more abundant in range fed beef than mass raised cows in feedlots, and in the milk of pastured cows. Unfortunately, almost all of the beef available in grocery stores comes from confined, feedlot cattle, and almost all the milk comes from confined cows who rarely, if ever, eat a blade of grass.
Other naturally-raised animals have CLA also. Free range turkeys have a surprising amount of CLA when compared to chickens or pigs. Wild game is also a great source of CLA. It was initially thought that sheep had the greatest levels, but Clare Engelke at the University of Western Australia may have discovered that Kangaroo meat could be the highest source of CLA with as much as 5 times the levels of rudiments.
CLA has amazing health benefits and offers hope for cancer patients. In studies on it’s anti-carcinogenic properties, CLA has been found to stop cancer in all three of its stages; initiation, promotion, and metastasis. Most cancer fighting drugs only work on one stage. It is no wonder cancer skyrocketed in the 60’s and 70s, when factory farms became increasingly popular.
The Journal of Nutrition published the results of a double blind randomized study in the year 2000 in which the results showed a six pound body fat reduction was achievable while taking 3.4 grams of CLA per day. Other research has also showed that those taking CLA tend to produce muscle instead of fat.
CLA is helpful in losing belly fat and enhancing the growth of muscle. It also has been found to increase metabolism.
Purdue University performed a study on the health benefits of CLA. Surprisingly it was found that CLA lowered triglycerides, reduced blood sugar, and increased levels of insulin. Research has been conducted on CLA in a number of different ways, resulting in astonishing findings. Other benefits identified in these studies of CLA include immune system enhancement, and the reduction in severity of allergic reactions to foods.
To ensure you receive the most out of your food, buy locally from a trusted farmer who raises his animals naturally, and learn for yourself the benefits of eating the true “natural” way. It will improve your overall health while helping you lose weight much more easily.
The Importance of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Fat Loss
Fats are usually avoided when people are trying to lose weight, because low fat diets are preached by doctors and endorsed by magazines. All sorts of food companies are taking advantage of the hype and offering low fat alternatives. Truth be told, not all fats are bad for you and your body needs certain fats.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to the human body and can promote weight loss of taken properly.
Trans fats found in vegetable oils, shortenings, and margarines are not healthy and should be avoided completely. Trans fats stick to the sides of arteries and reduce the surface area in which blood can flow. This is detrimental to cardiovascular health and can cause death.
Omega 3 fatty acids though, are good for you. They are fats that the body needs for many functions, from cleaning the arteries and veins to regulating mood. Unfortunately the body cannot produce them – therefore it relies on us to supply omega 3’s in our diet.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA ), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the three types of omega 3’s. ALA is consumed, then broken down into EPA and DHA. Unconverted ALA is useless to the body, but when changed into the other two types it is invaluable to bodily functions. Since environmental factors such as pollution, stress, illnesses, etc., inhibit the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA, the role of supplements have become increasingly important.
Omega 3 fatty acids help the body improve mood, increase cognitive thinking, enhance memory, and battle fatigue. They also are important in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and sudden cardiac death. Omega 3’s help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and also assist in weight loss.
Make sure you receive your weekly recommended intake of omega 3 fatty acids to reduce your risk of devastating health conditions.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in many foods. The most well known sources are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Be sure to buy fish that is guaranteed mercury free. The recommended amount of fish intake is two servings each week of fish.
Vegetarians can get their weekly allowance by eating spinach, nuts, seeds, and flaxseed oil. For those people who have a hard time consuming those foods, there are dietary supplements available at most drug stores.
Obesity is affected by omega 3 fatty acids also. Make sure you consume the proper amount of omega 3’s with the right foods to optimize weight loss and fat burning. There are certain foods omega 3’s will work with to increase the loss of excess fat. Learning how omega 3’s work on the body can decrease fat stores and give you more energy.
Serious about dropping pounds? Increase your omega 3 fatty acid intake!