Thursday, May 14, 2009

Can You Lose Weight Quicker by Eating More Fat?

Eating certain types of fat helps increase the rate at which you can lose fat and weight

To lose weight quick is one of the more pervasive desires in our "quick-fix" society. Problem is, just being able to lose weight "at all" is what most people struggle with, much less the ability to lose weight quick.

However, there are a group of fats that, if ingested in adequate quantities, will actually help anyone lose weight quick. They are called Essential Fatty Acid's (EFA's).

EFA's are a group of fats categorized as "essential" because the body cannot make them from other fats you ingest. Also, specific substances found in EFA's are required by every cell in your body in order to function normally.

The two main groups of EFA's are the Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) and Omega 6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids.

If you get both of them in the right ratios your body will make important hormones called eicosanoids, or prostaglandins. These regulate everything that goes on in all the tissues of your body on a moment to moment basis. And, they can only be produced from EFA's. Reduce or eliminate your EFA intake and your body's regulatory process becomes less than optimal or even non-functional.

This can lead to a host of symptoms that can literally lead to your body deteriorating. In fact, you absolutely cannot live without EFA's they are that important. And the only way you can get get EFA's into your body is by getting it through your food intake.


Most of the food we eat today has been largely leached of the EFA's so vital to our very existence. Because a large percentage of the food we eat has been processed, most of the EFA's have been removed from those foods (they are very sensitive to heat and light). Too much of either causes EFA's to become rancid or depleted.

Now that you understand how important EFA's are here are some of their positive benefits:

* Lowers blood pressure
* Makes blood platelets less sticky
* Reduces the fat directly underneath the skin (subcutaneous fat)
* Testosterone is increased the higher your fat intake (up to about 35% of daily calories or so)
* Reduces appetite
* Improves skin conditions
* Increases metabolic rate (you burn more calories)
* Reduces degenerative diseases
* Anti-diabetic
* Anti-cholesterol
* Antioxidant
* Anti-inflammatory

Here are the some of the best sources for the Omega 3's and Omega 6's:

Omega 3's:

* Flax
* Fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines)
* Green Vegetables (though you would have to eat a lot of them)

Omega 6's:

* Sunflower oil
* Sesame oil
* Walnuts

Best Omega 3/Omega 6 combo:

Udo's Choice Perfected Oil Blend (available at almost every health food store in the nation)
Final Recommendations:

Your diet should consist primarily of healthy proteins, green food (green and leafy vegetables), and essential fats. You should try and stay away from the traditional processed carbohydrates most of America eats and becomes fat on (at least most of the time).

Finally, make sure you take in adequate amounts of EFA's every day from the sources I listed above.

If taking in the Udo's oil, a good rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon for every 50-75 lbs of bodyweight. Udo Erasmus (the originator of this oil and inventor of the processs for extracting these highly delicate oils without damaging them by heat) says you know you have taken in enough when your skin becomes velvety soft. A good place to check for this is your elbows and knees. If they are still dry then increase your EFA intake until they become soft. Then, for you, this is the amount you need to continue taking for good health.

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