At some point in life, many of us experience a moment where we one day look in the mirror (or step on a scale) and realize that years of forgetting to maintain a healthy lifestyle have added unwanted weight to our bodies.
Maybe it's just a couple pounds.
Perhaps it's 10, 20, 50 pounds or more.
No matter how many pounds you have to lose, your reason for doing so is probably similar to a lot of other folks:
Maybe you're sick of hiding under baggy clothes and feeling like everyone is judging you when you walk in a room.
Maybe you're sick of not having enough energy, or worrying about health problems catching up to you.
Or maybe you want to feel more confident, wear your "skinny clothes" again, and feel like YOU again.
It used to be that adopting the right diet and exercise program would be enough on its own to help you achieve those weight loss goals.
However, the unfortunate reality is that losing weight today is much more difficult than it was in the last few decades.
Why Losing Weight Today Is Harder
First, there are the most obvious reasons:
- An overabundance of sugar (hidden on food labels under more than 256 different names or types of sugar) that Millions of Americans unknowingly consume by the spoonful almost daily.
- Dangerous usage of chemicals and pesticides that disrupt the body's natural fat-burning hormones, while affecting everything from metabolism to immune health to gut health and more.
- Big Food manufacturers lobbying congress and sponsoring biased studies to make the general public less aware of what's being put into our food supply. Even marketing unhealthy foods as healthy.
But on top of this, there is one underlying cause of weight gain (and trouble losing it) that doesn't get a lot of attention because a lot of people don't understand its connection to increasing obesity rates.
Due to modern lifestyle and environmental factors, many of us (including you) are likely to be living with some degree of inflammation.
Stress, not getting enough sleep, poor diet, carrying extra weight (even as little as five pounds) - all these things and more can contribute to inflammation.
And the more inflammation you have, the more health and metabolism are damaged.
And this damage is not just limited to your major organs (ex. your heart). It can even affect your fat cells themselves.
Inflammation can make it virtually impossible for your fat cells to release fatty acids for energy, eventually making you gain weight and fattening you up.
The good news?
There is a way to combat inflammation (naturally) and help restore dysfunctional fat cells to normal.
If you haven't already guessed, I'm talking about tweaking your diet and getting more Omega-3 fatty acids.
Obviously reducing calories can help accelerate fat loss - that's pretty much a given.
And Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have a few surprising "belly benefits," as you may have read in our Omega-3 for fat loss article.
But did you know combining the two can increase your fat loss and give you better results?
Take this study for example:
Researchers recruited 32 obese participants and prescribed a very low-calorie diet and either a placebo or a dose of the Omega-3 fatty acids.
After just FOUR weeks, the group taking the Omega-3 fatty acid supplement (in combination with the low-calorie diet) lost 6.87 kg (comparatively, the placebo group lost 6.54 kg).
Then, after 10 weeks, they were checked again. The placebo group lost an additional 1.57 kg while the Omega-3 group lost an additional 1.69 kg.
The most impressive thing is that the group taking the Omega-3 fatty acid supplement showed a higher degree of body fat loss (not just weight loss) when compared to the placebo!
Although Omega-3's are most known for helping to improve heart, eye, brain, and joint health, they are also beneficial for helping to lose weight.
So if you're looking to lose some extra pounds and want to put Omega-3's to the test, we invite you to get a risk-free, discounted supply of Physio Omega shipped to your door for free.
Munro, I. Garg, M. Dietary supplementation with n-3 PUFA does not promote weight loss when combined with a very low energy diet. British Journal of Nutrition. 2012. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511006617.