Flaxseed is extremely beneficial for many reasons. One of the most well-known benefits that both ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil share is their remarkable weight loss properties. In this article we’ll talk about how flaxseed can help you to: regulate your blood sugar levels, significantly improve your metabolism,increase thermogenic fat burning,augment your digestion, and suppress your appetite.
Dieting alone will often be the most inefficient way to lose weight. This is because if your idea of a diet is to considerably lessen your food intake, then you are literally signaling to your body that you will be restricting its “fuel” and that it should probably store fat and preserve energy. Only a negligible amount of people can in fact lose actual body fat on a starvation based diet. It is far more likely that you will succumb to muscle wastage and lose water weight – and afterwards you probably gain more weight than you actually lost.
Omega-3 and Weight Loss
While fats generally have a bad reputation when it comes to weight loss, omega-3s and other healthy fats truly help individuals lose weight as opposed to actually facilitating gaining it. Without a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, losing weight is actually a bit difficult. Why is this important? It is important because flaxseed oil has an omega-3 alpha linolenic acid content of more than 50%.
The average human body actually needs alpha linolenic acid (which is an essential fatty acid) to function properly. However, your body cannot produce this EFA (essential fatty acid) on its own. Proper food consumption is necessary so that you can get this EFA in our diet. Seems straightforward enough? Well according to various leading nutritionists; humans are, on average, not getting enough of this in our daily diets.
On the other hand, while linoleic acid, a known omega-6 fat, is also deemed as being essential – in this day and age, most diets in the Western world usually have a high omega-6 content. Many leading nutritionists say that we may be getting too much omega-6 fats in our diet. Across the board many experts will agree that as a ratio, omega-6 and omega-3 should normally exist in at least a five to one ratio; with two to one probably being highly preferably as well. The average American deviates extremely far from this, with an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of approximately twenty to one.
These EFAs are essential to certain cellular processes and the concepts surrounding this revelation have been quite damning. Many experts theorize that more than a few diseases and health issues may be influenced by this. Some of these include: skin diseases, arthritis, cardiovascular issues and asthma – it is also strongly suggested that it may also be a factor in numerous cases of obesity.
Fat Storage and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil and ground flaxseed have EFAs that are deemed to be essential nutrients. If your body falls short of its needed quota of these EFAs, then it will stimulate your body into becoming hungrier. Regrettably, many individuals find it hard (or downright impossible) to understand that these pangs of hunger are not a call for empty carbohydrates but rather a call for essential nutrients. By simply eating “superfoods” that are rich in essential nutrients and/or making sure that your meals have a higher level of nutrition, you can more or less be certain that you will experience weight loss.
A good comparison to make here is a bag of pumpkin seeds versus a bag of salty chips. The average person will consume far less pumpkin seeds compared to the amount of chips that they would consume. However, this would leave them way more gratified on a nutritional level. If you add flaxseed to your meal you increase your chances of feeling satiated much more easily, meaning that you end up eating less in the long run.
Also you will experience slower digestion, meaning lower blood sugar levels, and insulin levels, all around. Why is this important? Well the hormone that is responsible for the storage of fat in the body is in fact insulin – high carb meals will most likely lead to drastic spikes in your blood sugar levels. This leads to more insulin production to fix the blood sugar levels (which means more stored fat) and heightened levels of lethargy and tiredness.
While many people love to go on about the dangers of trans fat, among other things, simple carbs are just equally as unhealthy (and responsible for weight gain) in comparison. Flaxseed oil and ground flaxseed have beneficial healthy fats that thwart the chances of you gaining weight.
Improving Your Metabolism and Burning Fat
Using flaxseed oil to prepare your meals regularly can help you increase your metabolic rate and allow you to burn fat faster. It allows you to burn fat by stimulating thermogenesis, the process where heat is produced in the body. Flaxseed oil is a good source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA which is essential to stimulate thermogenesis, promote good digestion and help you to maintain the right weight. With that said, adding some ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to your meals daily may help you to get that flawless body you hoped for.
Ground Flaxseed vs. Flaxseed Oil
As mentioned earlier, flaxseed oil can help you to rid your body of unwanted fat and it’s no different with ground flaxseed. In fact, because it’s a good source of dietary fiber, unlike flaxseed oil it can reduce your blood sugar and improve your digestive system, resulting in a greater production of insulin.
Ground flaxseed is also a good source of lignans which is very important to women who are at risk of hormonal issues. Most of these components are lost from the oil during extraction. Nonetheless, some manufactures are now adding back lignans and other important compounds to the oil after extraction to give you the benefits you need. In my opinion if you really want to lose weight its best to alternate between both – have some ground flaxseed with your cereal in the morning and add some flax oil to your salad at dinner.