Eating ‘Good’ Fat to Lose ‘Bad’ Fat!
Ironically, after years of demonising FAT in general, we are now learning that ALL fat is not bad for us and indeed some fats are not only vital to optimum health but may also aid fat loss. One of the hottest Essential Fatty Acids (good stuff) for female health and fat loss is Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
Along with a good diet and optimum daily exercise, GLA supplementation has shown to be a highly effective component of fat loss programmes. It also has a well known effect on easing many of the negative symptoms associated with the female menstrual cycle and menopause such as breast tenderness, moodiness, depression, irritability and swelling and bloating from fluid retention. All in all, GLA has a valuable role to play in times of ‘endocrine turbulence’ such as menopause and when women are looking to lose menopausal weight gain.
Why Does GLA Work?
In a healthy body, GLA can be synthesized from Linoleic acid. This is found in certain oils, grains, and seeds. But due to a number of common dietary and lifestyle factors in today’s society, most of our bodies don’t make that conversion.
The main metabolic roadblocks are trans fats (man-made fats found in crisps, biscuits, cakes, processed foods), sugar, smoking, alcohol, ageing, and illnesses such as diabetes.
All of these factors affect the body’s ability to convert Linoleic acid into GLA and efficiently burn fat.
GLA is found (in the largest quantities) naturally in seed oils like Starflower oil (20-24% GLA) and Evening Primrose oil (18-20%).
Supplementing with either of these oils will assist the mechanism that will allow the body to get down to the business of burning excess fat.
Simply put, GLA has a key role in activating under-active fat in overweight people known as brown adipose tissue (BAT) to burn calories.
A diet that includes supplementation with:
- a high quality multivitamin
- high quality minerals (magnesium, zinc)
- Essential Fatty Acid’s
This will ensure the full spectrum of essential fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are consumed daily. This is a great place to start to ensure the body has what it needs to function optimally.
Women who stick to an optimum supplementation programme especially after a period of depletion such as during menopause often experience
- a decrease in cravings,
- an improvement in general mood and mental well-being
- an increase in energy and vitality.
And we all know just how priceless those qualities in daily life are!