Fats That Help Weight Loss

Omega Good Fats

The way fats are stored and their ability to be used as an energy source differ significantly. Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are an efficient energy source and can actually promote weight loss because they induce optimum metabolism and accelerate fat burning.

These good fats from fish and plant-based sources are stored mainly in lean muscle tissue. While saturated fats in meat, dairy, and fried foods are a poor energy source and usually sent to storage instead of being burned for energy. Once in storage, very often around the abdomen area, these fat deposits are difficult to remove.

Additionally, research published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that omega-3 fatty acids can prevent body fat accumulation by altering gene expression. This study suggests that the types of dietary fat eaten can control obesity even in the face of genetic susceptibilities. Research also suggests that omega-3 can regulate the part of the brain that registers the feeling of fullness.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, omega-3 fat can prevent blood platelets from clotting and sticking to the walls of arteries. They lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke and even certain cancers.

In osteoarthritis, enzymes cause cartilage damage and joint pain and stiffness. Fish oil counters these enzymes and reduces inflammation in this disorder as well as in digestive disorders and other inflammatory diseases. Additionally, omega-3 fats work to balance blood sugar, and improve energy levels, mood, memory and sleep.

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