How To Use Flaxseed Oil For Weight Loss
Flaxseed, taken from the flax plant, has become famous for it's nutritional value. Omega 6 & 9, B vitamins, protein and minerals like magnesium, zinc and potassium are just a few of its treasures.
Most of the body benefits in some way from flaxseed. The nervous and digestive systems, the heart, joints, bones and muscles receive extra strength and balancing.
I've been adding ground flaxseed into baked goods for a couple of years now - it's an easy way to add a boost of health into my family's diet. But until recently, I hadn't heard much about flaxseed in oil form, or that it supposedly could aid in weight loss.
I decided to do some checking, and found out that no official studies have shown conclusive evidence that flaxseed oil itself will cause weight loss. But, many people claim that including flaxseed oil as part of their diet strategy contributed to their success.
How Flaxseed Can Help You Lose Weight
Incorporating this superfood into your diet can aid you in getting to your goal:
1. Omega 3s - These healthy fatty acids can actually tone down your appetite for sweets. Our bodies need these acids and cannot be produce them naturally. Without a healthy source to provide them, we instinctively look for them in foods that have carbs and sugars.
2. Fiber - Taking in plenty of fiber can help to decrease your appetite. Fiber prevents drops in blood sugar that can lead to snacking. And since food is digested over a longer period of time you'll end up feeling satisfied longer.
3. Antioxidants - These nutrients support your body's health as you lose weight. Antioxidants reduce toxins in the blood and reduce stress. They can also boost your metabolism and energy level, which encourages more physical activity.
Note: The recommended amount per day is 1-2 tbsp, divided through the day.
Curious, I decided to buy a bottle. I wondered how easy it would be to get and work into my daily diet.
The first grocery store I went to only had combinations that included flaxseed along with canola and olive oil. Two stores later, I'd found a couple of brands to choose from. The cost ended up being about $10.00 for a 8.5 oz bottle - a little pricey, but it would last a while.
Next was finding out how to actually use the oil in dishes. Turns out, it can be utilized in a lot of the same ways as olive oil, so that's how I started.
The flaxseed oil takes the place of olive oil here. The nutty flavor adds depth, and works well with pita bread, veggies or crackers.
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, reserve juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
- 1/2 cup parsely, chopped
- Put chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor (or blender). Pulse to combine them until smooth. Add in some of the juice if the mixture is too thick.
- Transfer into a bowl and pour the oil over the top of it, and finish with a sprinkle of parsley.
Other Recipe Ideas:
Fruit smoothies - Put 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil into your favorite smoothie combo (strawberry &banana, kiwi & plum, blueberries and peaches...)
Salad dressing - Whisk together flaxseed oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and just a pinch of salt.
Tips & Warnings for Flaxseed Oil
- Some people have allergic reactions to flaxseed: stomach pain or nausea, difficulty breathing or skin rashes. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using flaxseed.
- Consult with your doctor to make sure that there will be no interaction with any over-the-counter or prescription blood thinners you are taking, such as aspirin, Ibuprofin or Coumadin.
- Don't overdo a good thing. Flaxseed oil is high in calories and fat - taking in too much will cause weight gain.
- If possible, purchase flaxseed oil that's bottled in amber-colored glass - light and oxygen act as contaminants. Storing it in your refrigerator will also help keep the oil fresh longer.
- Be patient - results may take from a few days to several weeks to appear.
- Consider incorporating ground flaxseed as well as oil into your weekly menu. Using flaxseed in all it's forms will provide you with all its possible benefits.