Safflower Oil for Weight Loss

Can you lose that mommy belly with safflower oil?

According to a recent study, this fat is supposed to help people lose fat. But exactly how does this work?

Researchers studied the effects of taking conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, an agent promoted for weight loss) and safflower oil over two 16-week periods. The study concluded that people who took safflower oil experienced a significant loss of abdominal fat compared with those using CLA. Only 55 people participated in the study all of whom were postmenopausal women with type II diabetes. 20 of the participants dropped out of the study. We still don’t know for sure how safflower oil will effect younger women. This study only compared safflower oil to CLA, , an agent that has been reported to increase insulin resistance.

If you are young and still of child bearing age should you use safflower oil to help lose your mommy belly?

I believe that more research still needs to be done on safflower oil and weight loss before young mothers add this to their nutritional supplements. If you have unwanted belly fat and have tried numerous diets and fitness programs a CLA supplement will help you lose those unwanted inches from your waist.

Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.”

Trials have shown CLA to help build muscles, reduce body fat, while protecting against arterial disorders and a host of aging-related diseases. CLA pushes glucose (blood sugar) into muscle and connective tissue cells instead of letting it turn into body fat. CLA also reduces protein degradation (catabolic metabolism) that occurs with advancing age. It can help develop a better-looking as well as healthier body.

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Also, consider what type of fats are included in your diet. A diet rich in Omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils and Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish are essential to our health. Make sure you cook with vegetable oils like canola, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and eat 2-3 servings of wild fish a week. Wild Alaskan Salmon is not only delicious but it contains the healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies need.

More studies on safflower oil need to be conducted before I can conclude that it does help with weight loss. For the time being watch what you eat, take supplements that are backed up by trustworthy research and are proven to help with weight loss, and participate in at least 10 minutes of physical activity per day.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on .

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  • Charlotte B from Hollywood Fl , February 15, 2012

    Hi i have been using safflower for 2 wks. along w/ cinnimon and b-12 drops ,i work in the kitchen daily im a student in culinary this flower has given me more energy. I can fit into a 14 and iwas wearing a 16 when i started. keeping the faith and watching what i eat i hope to see a break thru soon.

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