For rapid fat loss, what is the bare minimum you can do that will have the biggest impact? What will give you the biggest bang for your buck? Like working only 4 hours a week but reaping the benefits of slaving 16 hours a day.
In this article, I’m not going to share the common stuff like exercise more and eat less. Yawn!!
Like really, what more is there to say about fat loss? This topic has been depleted of its originality, completely abused beyond recognition, just glazing past your view, going unrecognized. A flicker in the corner of your eye.
Besides, have you ever tried cutting calories and moving more and it did it give you the results you wanted?
Exactly, so keep reading. I promise to make this article fun and new and I’m sure you’ll learn something new, so hang in there.
In this article, I want to outline the exact tricks and methods you can utilize that will give you the biggest bang for your buck/investment, just as long as you stick to them consistently.
#1 Take Collagen to drop fat
Not what you might have expected right? Collagen has been found to greatly aid in building muscle, increasing strength and promoting fat loss.
This is not only because it’s so rich in glycine and proline or that it’s low in inflammatory amino acids, such as methionine, tryptophan or cysteine, but that it contains peptides.
Peptides such as the short linear and cyclic hydroxyproline (Hyp)-containing peptides (e.g. prolyl-hydroxyproline, Alanine-Hyp, Proline-Hyp, Alanine-HydroxyprolineGlycine, Serine-Hydroxyproline-Glycine, Phenylalanine-Hyp, Pro-Hyp-Gly, Gly-Pro-Hyp, Isoleucine-Hyp and Leucine-Hyp and Gly-Pro-Hyp).
These peptides are what contribute the most to the anabolic and shredding effects of collagen.
There are probably more, but this is what is known for now. All we need now is research that shows which one is better for building muscle, losing fat, etc.., and then add additional amounts of those peptides to our already anabolic and fat burning collagen/gelatin.
So collagen is much more important than just the free amino acids, glycine, proline or hydroxyproline. Check out my other article on how potent collagen actually is for building muscle and fat loss.
Only about 15g of collagen daily is usually used in studies, but I’d say bump it up to 30g or even up to 50g daily.
#2 Use Red light to release fat
Red light and near infra-red light is super beneficial to the body, as it promotes cellular function. That means that it speeds up the metabolism, increases energy expenditure, thyroid hormone production, testosterone production, lowers stress, promotes blood flow, speeds up wound healing, reduces wrinkles, improves sleep and exercise performance, etc. The list goes on and on.
Red light also happens to promote local lipolysis where it’s shone, thus can aid in spot specific fat loss and fat loss in general. Red light can even be used on the face to reduce puffiness and fat in that area.
Getting a good quality red light device can have such a big impact on your health and fat loss that it’s one of those big investments you “must” make without feeling guilty about it. I view it as absolutely necessary for taking health on step further.
#3 Get Sunlight
Sunlight is so much more than vitamin D or just red light or near infra-red light. And there are so many things you can do while being outside in the sun, such as grounding, being active, inhaling calming compounds of nature, etc.
Sunlight also increases the release of dopamine, and dopamine speeds up the metabolism and the desire to move and be active. Sunlight can also promote blood flow, sweating and the detoxification of toxins that might be hindering fat loss.
#4 Walk in nature
Walking in nature is much more powerful than just walking on a treadmill. Apart from being outside, in the sun, grounding and all that, being outside in nature stimulates the brain a whole lot more and increases energy expenditure by almost double.
So in fact, when walking in nature, you actually burn more calories and reap all the other benefits as well, such as stress reduction, boosting dopamine, earthing, inhaling clean air, actually stimulating the brain, etc.
#5 Block EMF as it blocks fat loss
EMF has increased astronomically the last couple decades, a quintillion (that’s a 1 with 18 zeros after it) according to Dr. Joseph Mercola.
Wifi modems, cellphone towers, dirty electricity, etc., that radiate your body with EMF activates voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in your body. These channels allow calcium to enter the cell and accumulate inside the cell.
This puts the cell in an excited state which leads to a host of negatives. This intracellular calcium also inhibits lipolysis in the fat tissue and promotes lipogenesis, which converts carbs to fats, and lastly inhibits proper glucose oxidation.
So you end up with both less fat release from fat stores, increased fat synthesis from carbs and suppressed fat and glucose oxidation inside the cells.
In essence, EMF is keeping us fat. Luckily we can fight back, or at least utilize supplements and foods to negate the negative effects of the EMF.
Two of the simplest things we can do to negate the negatives of EMF is to take magnesium and to optimize glucose oxidation because when intracellular glucose metabolism is inhibited, intracellular calcium accumulates (R).
#6 Avoid toxins
Just like EMF, our environment, food, air, water, etc., has dramatically increased in toxins, such as heavy metals, mold, plastics, pharmaceutical drugs (birth control, SSRI, etc.), food additives, colourants, flavourings, cosmetics, omega 6 rich rancid vegetable oils/foods, etc.
The list is way too long to list everything, but I’ll list a few:
- Heavy metals – is present in the air, dental fillings, water pipes, paints, and many other building materials.
- Mold – present in coffee, cocoa, grains and other produce that aren’t properly stored. Animals that eat moldy grains, which is like all of them, have these toxic compounds in their fat and products, such as eggs and milk and milk products. It’s also present where it’s damp and dark, such as in the bathroom, under wooden floors, in the ceiling, etc.
- Pharmaceutical drugs – mostly present in our water as well as in the sea creatures we eat that live close to the shore.
- Plastics – they’re right about everywhere by now. By stopping the use of plastic products and using an activated charcoal filter can help you get rid of the majority of plastics.
- Food additives, colourants & flavourings – present in most foods and drinks. You’ll be surprised that it’s even present in “natural” foods, such as thickeners in yoghurt and cottage cheese, colourants in fruit juice & meat, flavour enhancers in baked goods, meats, drinks, etc.
- Cosmetics – chances are that the shampoo, shaving cream, aftershave, deodorant, etc., that you’re getting at your local store is choke-full of harmful chemicals. Instead of spending hours on hours staring at labels in the shop looking like a weirdo, just invest a little more and get complete natural ingredients instead. They work just as well if not better.
- Omega 6 rich rancid oils/foods – These oils, such as canola, soy, safflower, corn, sunflower, etc., are used as food preservatives in natural foods, such as dried fruit, “healthy” chips, etc. They are best avoided. Even animals that eat whole grains are being overloaded with these estrogenic and harmful oils. For this one, it is worth staring at the back of labels looking like a weirdo to get safe food.
Avoiding all these toxins will take a huge strain off of your body which will then allow inflammation to drop, gut to function better, mood to lift and fat loss to commence.
But don’t feel overwhelmed, think of it this way, all you’re doing is eliminating things and replacing a few. So it’s not like you’re overhauling your whole life, just making smart subtractions and a few replacements.
#7 Balance blood sugar & optimize glucose oxidation
All kinds of issues occur when we cannot utilize the glucose we consume. The glucose oxidation pathway seems pretty fragile and any disruptions to the pathway cause issues, such as excess fat gain, elevated lactate, fatty liver, fatigue, cortisol excess, struggling to build muscle, etc.
That is why so many people these days benefit from reducing carb intake. Not because carbs are bad, it’s just that their body’s glucose utilization pathway is functioning suboptimally.
First, we have to provide the necessary substrates to ensure proper glucose oxidation. There are 3 important “steps”. One is pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH), where pyruvate (the breakdown product of glucose) is shuttled into the Kreb cycle. Two is the Kreb cycle itself and step number three is the electron transport chain, where the electrons “harvested” from the glucose is passed along to drive the creation of energy – ATP.
Most people have a major hiccup at the first step, PDH (transport protein in the pic above). There are a few reasons for this:
- Excess free fatty acids that inhibit this enzyme.
- Elevated NADH:NAD ratio, due to faulty electron transport chain or low NAD+ levels.
- Vitamin and mineral deficiency such as vitamin B1, B3, B5 and magnesium.
Blocking excess FFAs with aspirin, supplementing niacinamide to increase NAD+ and taking high doses of vitamin B1 (around 300-600mg) and magnesium (200mg-2g) can greatly speed up this step.
The Kreb cycle itself is rarely a major issue if all the minerals and vitamins that are needed (vit B1, B3, B5, iron, magnesium and manganese) for proper functioning are present. However, high levels of oxidative stress can stop one of the first enzymes, aconitase, leading citrate to be used for the synthesis of fat (lipogenesis), instead of the Kreb cycle functioning normally.
Lowering oxidative stress is key to normal Kreb cycle function.
Most people also have a major hiccup at this step. Most of the time it’s due to:
- Oxidized cardiolipin (CL in the pic above) due to elevated oxidative stress
- Excess nitric oxide, which blocks complex IV
- Excess polyunsaturated fats in the cell membranes, allowing electron leak and oxidative stress
So it really comes down to elevated oxidative stress and this leads to a host of negatives, such as oxidized cardiolipin, cell membranes and enzymes, etc., and then fission has to step in to clear the damage and as a result, you end up with an excess of small, toxic mitochondria that overwhelms mitophagy, as seen in diabetes.
What we can do is lower oxidative stress, supply mitochondrial anti-oxidants and use alternative electron carriers.
To do that we can take:
- Vitamin C, vit E, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and CoQ10 (ubiquinone, not ubiquinol)
- Succinic acid (it rescues defective complex I and II)
- Methylene blue (it rescues defective complex (possibly I), II & III and speeds up complex IV)
- Vitamin K2 (rescues defective complex III)
- Red light (speeds up complex IV)
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Additionally, we can improve insulin sensitivity by doing the following:
#8 Resolve gut issues
So many people have gut issues these days. Bloating, cramping, gas, constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, etc.
Anything that upsets the gut causes inflammation and that leads to a host of negatives, such as excess fat storage, insulin resistance, fatty liver and other liver disorders, kidney damage, heart damage, mood disorders, etc.
Research shows that animals with a sterile gut (meaning no gut bacteria) are lean and healthy on an unhealthy diet compared to the animals with gut bacteria on the same diet.
Now I’m not saying to keep your gut sterile by using anti-biotics chronically, but it’s important to sort out any gut issues if you do have them.
Often times it’s caused by inadequate stomach acid, digestive enzymes and bile acid secretion. This allows gut bacteria to feed on the undigested food and produce compounds that cause inflammation.
Inadequate stomach acid and bile secretion also lead to bacterial and fungal overgrowth. Restoring stomach acid secretion, using digestive enzymes and stimulating bile (with taurine, TUDCA or using ox bile) can be very useful for proper digestion and minimizing food for gut bacteria.
To kill excess gut bacteria and fungus, you can use olive leaf extract, oregano oil, bitter melon, wormwood and black walnut extract and lastly, monolaurin, serrapeptase and lactoferrin to dissolve biofilm.
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