Is Inflammation Making You Gain Weight?Print
Lori Shemek, Ph.D
Did you know the average person is unknowingly walking around with inflammation? In fact, a majority of people experience inflammation and do not even realize it. Healthy inflammation or acute inflammation is a necessary part of our immune system and helps maintain health.
Inflammation Is a Factor to Weight Gain
Inflammation is a cause to weight gain. You can’t feel the fat cells, but you certainly can see the effects — in added weight gain.
We used to think our fat was this inert, inactive, jiggly mass that essentially just sat around taking up space and not looking so great. We now know that our fat is, in fact, very much alive. The fat in our body is our largest endocrine organ sending out messages to our brain and more.
You can think of your fat cells as small factories spewing out inflammatory molecules which have a metabolic effect that slows down the metabolism.
This effect then packs more fat into the cell, leading to a bloated, unhealthy, toxic cell that continues to store fat and hold on to it for dear life — never letting go unless the inflammation within the cell is modulated. This reprogramming of the cell now means a healthy fat cell that releases stored fat the way it is supposed to.
We have approximately 75 billion fat cells and, when healthy, they are all about the size of a period at the end of a sentence.
How to Create Healthy Fat Cells That Promote Fat Loss
The answer lies with your diet. Nutrition is a key component to effective weight management. Your diet is 80% of your success – not exercise. Many believe it to be the other way around.
Diet, exercise and supplement support are the only modalities that can help ease the inflammation within the fat cell. They work synergistically for optimal success. Examples of supplements include vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium, chromium, green tea extract, and glucomannan fiber.
Specific nutrients within particular foods such as berries, spinach, nuts, and spices such as turmeric or cold water fish help the fat cells release stored fat.
For example, the omega 3 fat DHA in wild salmon works within the fat cell to help ease inflammation. The spice turmeric contains a plant compound called curcumin that targets belly fat cells; the same is true for blueberries.
Take seaweed, for example. Many people do not care for seaweed. In specific types of seaweed, the brown pigment called fucoxanthin works directly within the fat cell itself. It boosts cellular metabolism, and many rely upon the supplement instead.
Lipase Is the Key to a Healthy Weight
Another example of nutrition’s effect upon weight management is foods that are high in the fat-burning enzyme lipase. Yes, eat healthy fat! Many people have a fear of fat and avoid it. If you are what you eat, then it seems counter-intuitive to eat fat. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Healthy fat triggers weight loss hormones, such as leptin, that tell the brain you have had enough food. Those who are overweight tend to be deficient in this critical fat burning enzyme.
An adequate amount of lipase is key to maintaining a healthy weight. An intake of healthy fats that contain lipase such as avocado, coconut, and healthy oils such as coconut, macadamia nut oil, red palm fruit oil or butter will help shed weight.
The Bottom Line
Remember, you can reprogram your fat cells and modulate the primary cause of weight gain with diet and specific nutrients. It’s a win-win that equates not just to weight management, but to optimal health as well.
About the Author:
Health and weight loss expert, Lori Shemek, Ph.D, is a leading fat cell researcher and recognized authority on inflammation and its role in inhibiting weight loss, and optimizing health. Dr. Shemek is the author of ‘How To Fight FATflammation!’ and the best-selling author of “Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!’