Can Safflower Oil Help You Lose Weight?

Can that bottle of safflower oil in your kitchen cabinet help you lose weight? Recent research suggests that it may help stimulate loss of abdominal fat.

Low fat diets were once all the rage for weight loss. While they can still be effective for reducing weight and improving heart health, more recent studies show that it’s important to have some fat in the diet – particularly the right kinds of fat. Some studies show that diets that are higher in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats can actually help with weight loss by decreasing hunger and boosting metabolism. Now, new research suggests that safflower oil may be effective for decreasing waist size and abdominal fat.

A Study

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers tested the effects of both safflower oil and another supplement called conjugated linoleic acid on body weight in obese, postmenopausal women. They found that women who took the conjugated linoleic acid experienced a loss of body fat as well as a decrease in BMI, while women who supplemented with safflower oil showed declines in waist and abdominal size along with a decrease in blood sugar levels..

Why Does It Work?

Safflower oil is one of the richest oils in terms of polyunsaturated fats and it contains a special polyunsaturated fat called cis-linoleic acid. The cis-linoleic acid found in safflower oil stimulates the activity of brown fat – the type that’s more commonly found in children and people who are thin. When brown fat is activated by the cis-lineic acid, it burns off the more common form of fat in the body – white fat. This may account for the drop in abdominal body fat seen in these women.

How Much Do You Need?

How much safflower oil do you need to get this waistline slimming effect? The women in this study about 1 2/3 teaspoons per day which is manageable for most women. Using safflower oil for weight loss may be particularly effective for diabetics since it also helps to lower blood sugar levels.

The Bottom Line?

Adding 1 2/3 teaspoons of safflower oil to your diet could give some waist and abdominal slimming benefits if used consistently. Since safflower oil contains 120 calories per tablespoon, it’s important to cut back on fat in other areas, otherwise you’ll be taking in more total calories. Conjugated linoleic acid also helped with weight loss in this study, but previous research looking at its weight loss benefits has shown mixed results. If you’re looking to lose body fat in the midline, stick with safflower oil instead.

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  2. Can you take the safflower oil bought from the grocery store? Or does it have to come from a Health store?

  3. I have a read many different articles, does this really work on the belly area. Seems to be where I can’t lose..and how much should be taken in a days time?

  4. I am half way through my 60 gel cap bottle of extra strength cla – 80 that I was recomended by a sales lady at a gym supplement store. THe main ingridient of this particular product is stated to be Isolated High Linoleic Safflower oil (80%) . I am being told by several of my friends and relatives thatthey have noticed a little weightloss on me for the past week. Perhaps I should start to mesure my waist. Howerver, as I am reading over several forums about cla and safflower oil, I have grown confused and concerned to some level when I read that linoleic acid promoted the growth of tumours and CLA (conjunctional? linoleic acid prevents it? ) Seing asd my product states that It IS CLA and the ingridients say ISOLATED HIGH LINOLEIC safflower OIL . I am VERY confused if what I am taking is blocking the chances of tumours or increasing them? I do have a history of the big C in my blood line and have heard of people developing tumours and some even passing from taking certain diet pills. Can someone please help me get educated on the matter please!!!
    THank you !!!

  5. is it true that the polyunsaturated fat has to be higher than the monosaturated?

  6. I finished the supply of safflower oil + vit. B supplements and have been taking 1-2/3 tsp of hollywood safflower. So it has been about 5 weeks & I have gained 1 inch in my waist. I weigh 150 & am 5′ 7″. My measurements are 40 38 40. I don’t drink. What is wrong? My weight is still the same.

  7. I am a city bus driver and through conversation with a passenger she told me about Hollywood Safflower oil. I came across this site and thought I might add to what she had said: she told me to mix 2 teaspoons of the Hollywood Safflower oil in yogurt but to first rinse my mouth out with Listerine first wait an hour or so… she claimed here sister had been doing this for 5 months and lost 60 lbs!! so my question is dose it realy work and what is with the Listerine???

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