Polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, can be found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as in seaweed, pine nuts and sunflower seeds and sunflower oil. PUFAs are thought to affect metabolism and promote the breakdown of fat cells while lowering cholesterol. A recent study showed PUFAs promoted weight loss in obese women.
To get maximum benefit, include at least two PUFA-rich foods into your meals every day. Here are some good examples:
- 3 ounces of fish
- Seaweed snacks
- A shot glass of pine nuts
- 1 ounce of sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed oil
Try alpha-cyclodextrin (FBCx)
This amazing cutting-edge fiber could have a huge weight-loss impact. By forming a stable complex with bad fats in your diet, it traps them in your stool and prevents them from being absorbed by your body. This translates to way fewer calories and could even help protect your heart from the damaging effects of bad fats like saturated fat. Plus, FBCx has also been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after a carb-heavy meal.
Save FBCx for when you really overindulge in a fatty meal and limit yourself to no more than 2 grams a couple times a week. So far, studies suggest that FBCx is safe to take, though some people may experience some mild gastrointestinal side effects. As always, talk to your doctor before trying a new supplement.