While diet and exercise help you lose weight, many individuals struggle with “stubborn fat,” otherwise known as subcutaneous fat. This kind of fat is the jiggly fat we see when we look in the mirror. Now before you lose hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! To get rid of this particular fat you need to know a few things. What is subcutaneous fat? What is the science behind it? How do I BURN it?
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Subcutaneous fat is the visible and tangible fat we normally associate with being “fat.” Your diet, lifestyle, and genetics affect the amount of subcutaneous fat you have. Although we often have a negative view of subcutaneous fat, there are some benefits. It’s the way our body stores energy and helps regulate temperature. It even functions as a protective barrier for our muscles and bones! But like anything, too much of it can have negative effects. For example, it may increase your chances of fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. To determine if you have too much subcutaneous fat, measuring your body mass index is a great indicator!
The Science Behind Subcutaneous Fat
There are 3 components we need to focus on - Triglyceride, thermogenesis, and lipolysis. Each plays an important role in how subcutaneous fat operates and how to BURN it.
Triglyceride (Stored Energy)
As mentioned before, the body stores excess energy in subcutaneous fat. This is known as triglyceride or stored fat. However, it cannot be easily converted into usable energy. This is what makes it so stubborn. In order to break down this stored energy, a few metabolic processes must take place.
Thermogenesis (Heat Production)
The first is thermogenesis and it is the production of heat within the body during the metabolic process, or burning of calories. Some individuals may have a faster metabolism than others which will determine whether the calories will be stored as fat, or burned for energy. This leads to lipolysis.
Lipolysis (Break Down)
Lipolysis is the breaking down of triglyceride (stored fat) in order to become energy. During this process, two components are achieved, glycerol and fatty acids. The fatty acids are then transported to a target cell where a substance called, carnitine, transfers these fatty acids within the cell to burn as energy fuel. This is the process of fat burning!
How do I burn my subcutaneous fat?
Diet and exercise are key to begin the burning process of subcutaneous fat. No questions asked! Without it, you cannot achieve the weight loss you want. When looking for an all-natural weight loss supplement, it is important to find a product that includes ingredients that target increased energy, thermogenesis, and lipolysis. Check out these ingredients and their uses below!
Energy and Focus Blends - Ingredients such as caffeine and L-tyrosine (an amino acid), which both help with energy and alertness. This blend helps promote the metabolizing of fat, and the release of fatty acids to be burned and used for energy.
Thermogenesis Blends - The main ingredients to look out for are Green Tea Extract and Raspberry Ketones. The two promote appetite suppression, weight loss and assist in the breakdown of fat to burn at a faster rate.
Lipogenic Blends - Supplements containing Kola Nut and L-Carnitine. Remember carnitine is a naturally occurring substance that is responsible for the transfer of fatty acids within a cell to be burned for energy. This blend aids in increasing metabolism and weight loss.
So make that jiggly and stubborn fat be a thing of the past! Eat healthier, exercise more, and if you're interested in a weight loss supplement be sure to check out our product BURN.
Dr. Jason Olafsson
You’ve tried it all. And still, your weight loss attempts fall flat. You may have even considered renewing that gym membership. Perhaps you tried cutting sugars and carbs in your diet or took longer walks during your lunch break.
Nearly half of Americans are actively working toward a weight loss goal and with an abundance of weight loss programs and theories available, no two journeys are the same. Navigating your options and deciding where to begin can be tricky. Nutrition is the perfect place to start for your weight loss journey and is going to help you see the most rapid results. Let’s look at 5 of my favorite fat blasting foods that you need to incorporate into your diet.
Grass Fed Beef
Am I really suggesting red meat? Absolutely! I am also suggesting you become a bit of a snob about the type of red meat you indulge in. Skip the lower grade beef and invest in a quality beef that is grass fed. Grass-fed beef naturally contains much higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than grain fed beef. The CLA is known to contribute to weight loss and is often used in supplements promoting weight loss. This is a wonderful, natural source. This beef also contains quality protein as well as vitamins A, B and D. In addition, grass-fed beef contains a more desirable ratio of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids than grain fed beef.
Green Leafy Vegetable
Vegetables such as kale, arugula, spinach, collard greens and romaine are rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and K. Vitamin C helps lower cortisol, which is known for turning on fat storage. These vegetables are also loaded with other essential nutrients and minerals including iron, fiber, magnesium, and potassium. The iron is going to help boost your energy. The extra fiber helps regulate your appetite and even promotes healthy levels of estrogen in the body. 
Grass Fed Butter
Yes, you can eat grass fed butter and yes, it is a healthy fat. It is important to recognize that not all butters are created equal and we need to be selective about what we consume. Grass-fed butter is loaded with healthy fat and nutrients. The quality and amount of healthy fat and nutrients are determined by the source of food the cow ate. The fatty acids provided are derived equally from the feed for the cow and the microbial activity in the rumen of the cow. A frequently recognized fatty acid, known for contributing to weight loss, found in grass-fed butter is CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Butter can range in color from white to yellow. Yellow butter is recognized as healthier because the color is a result of an animal being grass fed and an indicator that the cow is getting a diet rich in beta-carotene. Grass-fed butter contains zero carbs, zero sugars, and zero trans fats.
If your goal is to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, do not leave fermented foods out of your diet. Some healthy fermented foods to include: Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso and kimchi. Fermented foods promote healthy gut bacteria that helps keep the digestive system strong and fights unwanted bacteria notorious for slowing down weight loss. These tasty foods are known for containing natural anti-oxidants, are anti-inflammatory, promote lower blood pressure and even anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are absorbed and utilized differently than long-chain triglycerides. They are known for promoting fat burning and even potentially reducing the time it takes an individual’s body to transition from sugar burning to fat burning. An excellent natural source of MCT oil is Coconut Oil. It is imperative to select quality products, with virgin, unrefined and organic being your best option. In addition to MCTs, coconut oil also contains caprylic acid, a fatty acid credited for antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Our nutrition specialists will teach you how to incorporate these 5 fat burning foods into your diet to optimize your weight loss. Call Custom Health Centers at (844)789-8446 today or click here to schedule your free consultation!
Medically reviewed and written by:
Dr. Jason Olafsson D.C.
It’s true! This natural tonic created by fermenting apples with yeast and healthy bacteria is one of the leading forms of promoting natural weight loss. Along with weight loss, Apple Cider Vinegar supports healthy digestion, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, helps fight diabetes, and a vast amount of other amazing health benefits!
When combing Apple Cider Vinegar with a low-carb meal, individuals will feel “fuller” because it inhibits ghrelin, the hormone that controls your hunger. Some studies show that people who consumed ACV had diets that resulted in fewer calories consumed (almost 200 - 275 fewer calories a day)! During the final fermentation process, Apple Cider Vinegar also creates an organic compound known as, acetic acid. Acetic acid is what gives Apple Cider Vinegar it’s sour and unpleasant scent, but is also responsible for reducing the speed at which glucose (sugar) enters the blood. Since our body uses glucose for energy, the shortage of glucose encourages the body to look for a new source of energy. That new energy source? None other than, fat cells! When our body begins to burn fat for energy, it breaks down the fat-storage and releases energy into the bloodstream to fuel our entire body.
If paired with a healthy lifestyle, Apple Cider Vinegar is a great supplement to promote weight loss! Because as the body begins to look for energy in fat cells in the body and begins to use that fat for fuel, it helps to boost metabolism and promote the building of lean muscle.
Luckily for you, Custom Health Centers offers this natural supplement to include into your health regimen! While most may take Apple Cider Vinegar by tablespoon, we provide it in capsule form in order to reduce the risk of the acidic substance hitting your tooth enamel and delicate esophagus.
Visit our store and grab your bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar capsules today!
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