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Well and Good: Losing That Belly Fat

Working in our healthy living department, I’m often asked about tricks to safely, easily lose weight. My usual answer is there are few tricks: Eat better, exercise more. But a new product we started carrying in January may change that – SafSlim.

SafSlim is a supplement that has been developed to reduce belly fat – the stubborn fat known as “omentum.” Belly fat can be harder to lose, especially as you get older. It can also be a dangerous health risk, linked to heart disease, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.

The ingredient in SafSlim that seems to do the trick is a form of safflower oil. Specifically, it is a high-linoleic acid (HLA), which is different from the kind found in the safflower oil you cook with. Researchers believe HLA helps raise the level of adiponectin, a hormone that helps you burn fat; it may also help regulate blood sugar levels.

In a clinical study at the Ohio State University, participants using HLA showed an average reduction of 6.3 percent belly fat after 16 weeks of use. This was a double-blind controlled study, meaning nobody knew who was getting HLA and who wasn’t. The participants were post-menopausal women with high blood pressure and extra belly fat, and significantly, they did not change their diet or exercise program!

You can get the HLA form of safflower oil in other ways, including gel tablets, but just regular safflower cooking oil does not seem to carry the benefits.

I recommend SafSlim because it is easy and pleasant to use. You take a tablespoon twice a day; that’s it. Unlike some dietary supplements, SafSlim actually tastes good. Refrigeration gives it a creamy texture, and the tangerine cream flavor is pleasant and gently sweet; it reminds me of an ice-cream-like dreamsicle. It does not contain gluten, dairy, soy or lactose, so it is easy to digest for most people.

ReBody, which makes SafSlim, is currently working on studies with their product, and testing whether it will produce the same results in people who do alter diet and exercise. Of course, I always believe a holistic approach is best, so pay attention to what you’re eating, get in more exercise, and consider consulting your medical professional. And start blasting that belly fat!