How Dietary Fat Can Actually Help You Lose Body Fat
FATS! Does it make sense that we eat fats to shed fat? Well, it’s true! The only reason fat used to be ill-regarded was for publicity purposes. Of course, we all ate it up; myself included. I used to stay away from fatty foods, yet I’d throw down artificial crap just to ‘save the fat.’ No wonder I wasn’t getting anywhere! The truth is that fats have six major roles in the body. Duromine, Duromine 30mg, Duromine in Gauteng, Duromine online
- Manufacturing and regulation of hormones
- Formation of our brain and nervous system
- Transportation of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
- They provide energy
- They help form and structure our cell membranes
- Supply the body with two essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6
The term ‘healthy fats’ indicates fats that have been shown to improve overall health, with benefits related to blood cholesterol, blood vessels, inflammation, and metabolism. Here are my top six fat sources for a great physique that will keep your fatty acid profile balanced. Try adding all six throughout the day when possible:
- Beef and Salmon
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Mixed Nuts and Seeds
- Organic Eggs
- Virgin Coconut Oil
Note: If you are cooking with fats, use unrefined or virgin coconut oil and/or organic butter. These can both be used at high temperatures.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Essential nutrients are nutrients present in foods that we need to ingest for normal physiological functioning. Essential means these nutrients are ‘indispensable for healthy living.’ Since the body does not have the capacity to make fatty acids itself, these nutrients need to be consumed in the foods we eat. There are two known Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Omega-3 and Omega-6.
EFAs serve a range of functions in the body. They are involved in the brain and nervous system, many organs, hormones and cell functions. Fish oil supplementation, along with cholesterol and triglycerides, has been researched to show a decrease in fatigue, PMS symptoms, and memory loss in people supplementing with them. Fish oils have also been shown to preserve lean muscle mass and reduce inflammation; increasing our range of motion and helping us train harder and recover quicker. If that’s not enough, fish oils are even documented to improve blood flow and improve the body’s capability to transport and utilise oxygen. This will allow the body to work harder and with more intensity. As fitness fanatics, we need to ensure we are getting the benefits of EFAs daily!
Combat Insulin with EFAs
We have all heard of insulin, a.k.a. ‘the storage hormone.’ Insulin is responsible for shuttling glucose into the muscle for growth, while shutting off fat storage after a workout. We are the most sensitive to insulin after a workout, thus, we eat carbohydrates post-workout to shuttle the nutrients into the muscle to promote recovery and lean muscle growth.
Fish oils have been documented to:
- Foster muscle growth
- Increase insulin sensitively
- Inhibit fat storage
- Lower cholesterol
- Prevent muscle breakdown
- Provide energy
- Reduce inflammation
Omega-3 has also been documented to reduce existing body fat deposits and also combat the storage of new fat. Say goodbye to cellulite!
Omega-3 food sources include:
- Fish (mackerel, herring, salmon, trout)
To improve health and decrease the risk of chronic disease, be sure to balance out your fat intake with ample amounts of unsaturated fats and an even intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
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