Many individuals seek to discover what oils they can consume to cut belly fat such as safflower oil but now a new U.S.-Canadian study suggests that canola and high-oleic oils can lower abdominal fat.

This new research was presented by American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in New Orleans which studied 121 Canadian and American adults at risk for metabolic syndrome. There were five risk factors characterized by increased belly fat which included, low “good” cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, stroke, above average blood sugar, triglycerides and blood pressure that increase the risk of heart disease. The participants in this study were all given weight maintenance including a heart-healthy diet with a daily smoothie containing one of five oils. This procedure was used for the remainder of the four oils as well.

The results revealed that those who consumed high-oleic or canola oils every day for 4 weeks reduced their stomach fat by 1.6 percent. I believe the key to this study was the healthy diet and the monounsaturated fat in the oils that really reduced the abdominal fat. If daily exercise was included in the study then the results would most likely be more significant. Corn/safflower, flax/safflower, and high-oleic canola oil blends enriched with omega-3 DHA had no effect on abdominal fat however.

There are many questions and concerns as to what specific mechanisms in monounsaturated fats or MUFAs that is responsible for belly fat loss. “It is evident that further studies are needed to determine the mechanisms that account for belly fat loss on a high-MUFA diet,” notes Kris-Etherton. The most important factors to losing weight and staying healthy are living a healthy lifestyle. This includes daily physical activity, a healthy low-calorie diet and spiritual healing such as meditation. Exercise is the best stress reliever in my opinion and it has so many other special benefits. If you like to cook then use olive oil instead of vegetable oil which is less healthy. You should always make realistic goals and not get discouraged if you don’t see instant results. Permanent weight loss and good health takes time but the benefits are worth it. “The Canola Oil Multicentre Intervention Trial (COMIT) indicates that simple dietary changes, such as using a high-MUFA vegetable oil, may reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and therefore, heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes.” Start taking positive steps toward your health today to live a happier and longer lifestyle.


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