Losing weight is a common goal for many people. Whether it's for health or aesthetic reasons, the wide-spread desire to become leaner has spurned an enormous several billion dollar weight loss industry with endless powders, teas, and diet protocols for customers to choose from (Laudenslager, 20211). The science behind weight loss is surprisingly complex despite the recurrent simplified explanation of calorie surpluses or deficits being the only factor. There are also many "miracle fixes" on the market that claim to have drastic overnight results from a single substance or behavior change. These claims, however, are almost always too good to be true. The reality is that weight loss is an extremely complicated process metabolically speaking, with a vast number of factors. There is no single substance that can achieve dramatic weight loss results without lifestyle modification. Simply reducing calories is also not always an effective or healthy strategy for everyone. Addressing diet, physical activity, sleep, stress, toxic load, and general health are all important factors to address when looking to improve body composition. Chlorella is one substance that can assist with weight loss in a holistic manner by improving several of those parameters and supporting overall health.
Before examining the ways chlorella can help to achieve weight loss, it's worth noting not all weight loss is considered to be healthy. The term weight-loss is often used interchangeably with fat-loss though the two have slightly different meanings. Weight-loss simply means a reduction in total body mass, meaning it could be from muscle or fat stores. Muscle loss is rarely a healthy goal since muscle-wasting can cause fragility and cause a number of metabolic health issues (Palus, 20142). Fat-loss with muscle preservation or growth is generally a much more health-oriented target. This is why it's important to differentiate between the two and not become overly focused on the number on the scale. The sought-after health benefits associated with a healthy body weight arise more directly from body composition rather than body size (Ramirez-Velez, 20193).
High body fat percentages are often associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome and several corresponding diseases in scientific literature, though there are also health risks associated with being at an excessively low body fat percentage (Darroudi, 20184). Some body fat is essential for human health. Fat supplies energy, surrounds and protects vital organs, helps the body maintain homeostasis in cold environments, stores vitamins, and secretes hormones as some of its main functions. If a body's fat stores are too low, it can cause heart issues, poor temperature regulation, low-energy, hormonal issues, and even fertility problems (Golubnitschaja, 20215). It's therefore clear that there's a range of optimal body fat that best serves health. Too much and too little are both undesirable, and every individual tends to have a unique range that's personally best for them.
It's also known that not all body fat stores are created equal. The body contains three distinct kinds of fat: brown fat, white fat, and beige fat. Fat is capable of producing hormones that can affect bodily processes positively or negatively. Brown fat has a beneficial effect on metabolism and is even being researched on whether it can help to reduce obesity and metabolic diseases (Yoneshiro, 20196). Conversely, high amounts of white fat stored in the abdominal region is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease (Gulati, 20177). Based on this information, it's clearly important not to demonize all forms of fat in the body. Considering the whole picture allows for a better understanding of what particular aspects of body fat improve or worsen health. This perspective is well aligned with using chlorella as a weight-loss aid since it doesn't simply reduce fat, but it reduces the negative health outcomes associated with high body fat and low muscle mass body compositions.
The most obvious reason chlorella is able to assist with healthy fat loss is because of its nutritional profile. It's a nutrient-dense and high-protein food which means it offers a wealth of nutritional benefits for few calories (Bito, 20208). The nutritional density of foods is an important factor to consider when looking to lose fat mass through diet modification. This is because the body still requires an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals despite the decreased caloric intake (Fuhrman, 20109). The high protein content is also particularly helpful since protein is a satiating macronutrient that provides good steady energy and decreased hunger for long periods of time. High-protein diets are commonly recommended for fat loss protocols because of this, along with the fact that adequate protein intake preserves muscle (lean-mass) stores, which is a metabolically healthy approach to weight loss (Moon, 202010).
Another important factor that makes chlorella useful for fat loss comes from its interactions with the hormone insulin. Insulin is used in the body to signal for blood sugar to enter cells and to be used as energy. Troubles arise however when people develop insulin resistance, and this process no longer functions smoothly. When this happens, blood sugar levels rise since glucose builds up outside of the cells which can lead to a host of health issues associated with weight gain (Greenfield, 200411). The relationship between insulin insensitivity and weight gain is bidirectional. While insulin resistance can indeed increase fat stores and cause weight gain, high body fat composition can also exacerbate the tendency of developing insulin resistance (Greenfield, 200411). Chlorella tackles this issue directly by increasing insulin sensitivity. It's not clear what substances within chlorella specifically cause this well documented effect, though its omega 3 content may certainly play an important role (Lepretti, 201812).
Chlorella is also known to contribute to good gut health (Lv, 202213). This is relevant to weight loss because the gut microbiome is intricately linked with hormone production, metabolism, energy, and even mood: all of which can play a role in body composition (Aoun, 202014). A well-populated gut microbiome allows for better nutrient absorption, less chronic bodily inflammation - and most importantly for weight loss - it may increase metabolism. The unique bacterial makeup of a gut microbiome plays a role in the hormones that signal for energy burning or energy storage as fat (Thompson, 201215). Chlorella is able to tip the scales towards an energy burning metabolism by feeding the bacteria in the gut that cause this effect.
Another broad yet important area of health that impacts body composition is environmental toxins. While the number of concerning toxins is vast and unique to each environment, chlorella has been proven to help detoxify many of them (Lee, 201516). This is important for general health, but it can also contribute to improving fat loss efforts. Many environmental toxins increase body fat mass through various ways so chlorella's ability to help excrete them from the body lessens their harmful effects. Some are known as "endocrine disrupting chemicals", which means they can negatively imitate or influence hormones in the body and disrupt normal regulation (Encarnacao, 201917). Additionally, most environmental toxins cause bodily inflammation which can put the body in a state of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation itself is a health risk, but its impact on weight stems from the body's increased production of the hormone cortisol which has been linked to higher levels of fat storage in the body (Jones, 202018). Chlorella is generally helpful for addressing these concerns, though it should be combined with cautious selection of product and lifestyle choices.
It's clear from the several health-supporting effects of chlorella that it can play a useful role in weight loss. Despite the current confusion surrounding what constitutes a healthy body composition and the many false promises of various weight-loss messaging, there are still healthy options available that can support this goal. The pursuit of good health and weight loss should never be at odds, so any substance that doesn't support overall good health may be a "quick-fix" solution rather than a sustainable option. Chlorella is a health boosting, nutrient-dense food that deserves a place on the plate of both those looking to lose weight, or simply those aiming to maintain good health for many years to come.
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