We live in a world where if we don’t feel or see something, we immediately dismiss it as being beneficial. However, our body works in such an efficient way, that when given the right combination, it can unlock the vault to fat loss without the need to leave you feeling jittery or overstimulated like you would with a stim-heavy supplement or energy drink. This article will showcase individual ingredients that when taken together can create the perfect atmosphere to shed body fat when combined with the right nutrition plan and exercise program.
Introduce fat to say goodbye to stubborn body fat?
There’s no magic potions or pills that you can take to strip your problem areas of body fat—so let’s get that out of the way. You can’t simply pop pills and put your feet up expecting to get the results you desire. Nothing works unless you do. So, now that we’re in the right mindset, where do we go from here? Why would you want to introduce fat into your nutrition plan to lose body fat? Well, it’s quite simple when you understand what certain supplements can do for you naturally.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Disclaimer: before adding any supplements to your daily routine, it is recommended that you discuss your options with your doctor to ensure the products or ingredients you intend to take will not have any negative side effects with any condition you might have or medication you may currently be taking.
These particular fats are extremely important because your body can not make them on their own—you must get them through your diet or supplementation. Two primary EFAs that should be focused on are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These two fatty acids are what help establish normal functioning of every single tissue in the body. So, while many believe removing fats from the diet will help with weight loss, what they’re actually doing is hurting the body and brain by not giving them the nutrients they need for everyday functions. Fat in the diet also allows for proper hormone production, creates healthy cell membranes, supports skin and hair health, proper adrenal and thyroid health, and improves inflammation, blood pressure, and immune health among other things. Fats are also a great energy source.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)which is an antioxidant made by the body, helps with energy production as well as fighting off free radicals in the body that want to damage or destroy cells. By warding off free radicals, the aging process is slowed down and you also get the additional benefits of protecting yourself from different diseases and illnesses. Adding ALA and omega-3’s to your supplement routine is a great way to help shuttle fat to be used at the cellular level as energy to aid with weight loss as well as helping to metabolize carbohydrates. ALA is also able to remove toxins from the body to help improve your overall health.
Another EFA that we can’t forget about is Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA has the ability to help burn fat and aid in weight loss thanks to its metabolism boosting effects. Along with the benefits of potentially helping to drop body weight, supplementing with GLA can help improve the immune system as well as improving your skin health and reducing inflammation. If that wasn’t enough, if you aren’t getting enough GLA through your diet alone, supplementing with it can ensure proper brain functioning to help with your daily processes.
Creating the perfect environment
So, what’s the deal with all these fatty acids? You have your omegas, ALA, GLA, etc. that we spoke about in this article. I’m sure you’re asking, “what’s your point?” My point is, think of all of this as electrolytes. Sure, you can take sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and all the others by themselves, but when they are all used together is when you truly benefit and can create the perfect environment for hydration.
You can also think about your health and weight loss goals with this “perfect environment.” When you want to achieve your goals, what do you do? You combine proper nutrition and supplementation with a specific workout program to help you achieve your goals. Sure, you could just focus on your nutrition, but your results aren’t going to be as quick as if you combined everything. The same thing goes with fatty acids. You can cherry pick them, but combing ALA, GLA, and omegas will give you the best bang for your buck and truly aid you in not only your weight loss, but your overall health goals.
Want to throw a wildcard into the equation? Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) can easily be thrown into the mix. CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid, similar to GLA which we already spoke about. CLA has been shown to help aid in shedding unwanted body fat. This particular fatty acid may improve insulin sensitivity, increase your body’s metabolic rate, and also improve your immune system. See a pattern here? EFAs, ALA, GLA, CLA all work hand-in-hand to help improve your health and the ability to lose weight and drop body fat. It’s a winning combination.
If you want to take your health and physique to the next level, then don’t be afraid of having fats in your diet. The only fats you truly want to stay away from are trans fats which have been shown to cause health issues. Look to add healthy fats into your diet whenever possible through items such as nuts, seeds, dairy, meat, and fish. If you aren’t getting enough healthy fats, then by all means grab yourself a supplement to increase your intake, but make sure the product has the EFAs, ALA, GLA, and CLA that we mentioned above.