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November 5, 2018

How Collagen Can Help You With Weight Loss

5 mins read By Darcy Laceby

Did you know that collagen is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight as you age? We explore some of the ways collagen can help with your weight loss journey in our blog.

Did you know that collagen is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight as you age?

This is because collagen plays a part in almost every aspect of the body. A key building block of the body, it is found in various places including skin, hair, nails, tendons, joints, bones and more, and helps to keep all these features in healthy, good working order as well as forming the connective tissues that literally keep the body together. As we age, however, collagen production naturally decreases, starting to drop at around 25 years old. The side effects of this collagen depletion commonly include weight gain and sagging skin prone to wrinkles.

How Can Collagen Help With Weight Loss?

In the body, collagen is broken down into amino acids - the basic building blocks of all protein - by enzymes. These amino acids enter the bloodstream and are used by the liver to be converted into glucose and produce energy, while leftover amino acids are released into the rest of the body.

Unfortunately, Western diets often don’t include foods that naturally contain collagen, so many of us suffer visible effects of collagen depletion, including weight gain. But as the benefits of taking collagen become more and more well-known, increasing numbers of people are choosing collagen supplements to add to their daily routine as a way of helping them maintain a healthy weight as they age.

There are various ways that collagen can aid with maintaining a healthy weight and support healthy weight loss as part of a wider, responsible fitness and wellbeing regime. We’ll take a look at a few of the weight loss benefits of taking collagen below.

Collagen Makes You Feel Fuller For Longer

Collagen has been shown to act as an appetite suppressant, which in turn helps a person feel fuller for longer. One of the main reasons we eat protein is, of course, to make sure we feel satiated, and studies have shown that collagen is 40% more filling than other proteins like whey and soy. The lack of unnatural additives in collagen protein, and its unique amino acid profile, means that in its purest form it can help you feel full. This contributes to healthy weight loss simply by preventing the desire to snack in between meals or eating large portions, while also promoting lean body mass.

Collagen Preserves Muscle Mass

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, and this is replaced with fat instead. Collagen, however, can help preserve muscle mass and counter the onset of fat and weight gain. This is because, although collagen cannot actually burn fat, it can feed muscles and ensure that extra calories are used up, and this in turn leads to a faster metabolism. Additionally, collagen contains high levels of the amino acid arginine, which is significant as it helps the blood vessels to open, boosting healthy circulation.

Collagen Supports Strong Bones

When it comes to losing weight, we all know there is no miracle cure. One vital component is simply staying active and getting healthy amounts of exercise. To do this, it’s important to keep your body strong, minimising injuries and wear and tear, and this is something collagen can help with. As a key building block of the bones, collagen can increase bone mineral density, as supported by a recent study into postmenopausal women who took collagen peptides and saw increased bone mineral density after 12 months. Strong bones mean greater ability to exercise and move freely, making it a key consideration when keeping your body in tip-top condition to prevent unwanted weight gain.

Collagen Can Reduce Visible Cellulite

We’re all familiar with cellulite, the dimpled skin that appears around the thighs, buttocks, and stomach. Sometimes called “orange peel skin”, it is a perfectly normal feature of many bodies, and often becomes more prominent with age, but we understand that sometimes people want to get rid of it for their own self-confidence. The good news is, collagen may be able to help! As collagen tightens the skin and improves skin thickness, the dimples that characterize cellulite become less visible, and can help contribute to an overall slimming effect.

A Happy Absoluter Shares Her Weight Loss Story

Unlike many weight loss promoting products, Absolute Collagen contains no fillers, binders, acids or harsh forms of processing - basically, nothing that could affect the natural functioning of the body. And the results speak for themselves. One happy Absoluter, Dia Powell, got in touch to share her experience with Absolute Collagen and weight loss.

“Oh my, I have found it to be such a great help on my dieting (and usually failing at dieting) journey.

“So much so that since March of this year, I have lost almost eight stone in weight and the only thing that has changed is that I’ve been taking my Absolute Collagen daily! My energy levels are up and I don’t crave sugary snacks anymore!

"I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I feel like this. I’m a lifelong failed dieter and have mostly always been on the chunky side, but I didn’t realise how big I had gotten and how much I had lost until I looked at two photos. One is in February of this year when I weighed 23st 3lb and one is from four days ago and I weigh 15st 5lb.

"As I say, I can only put it down to the supplements and I genuinely cannot thank you enough for creating such a wonderful product! I’m sure you hear of many success stories like mine every day, but I felt I had to share this with you... Heck, I want to scream it from the highest building!"

We’re so pleased that Dia has seen such fantastic results and always love hearing from Absoluters about the benefits they’ve noticed from taking Absolute Collagen. Why not get in touch and share yours?

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Article written by Darcy Laceby
This blog post is written by Darcy Laceby, co-founder of Absolute Collagen and Maxine’s daughter. Featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2022, Darcy is very involved with all aspects of the brand and is an expert in all things collagen and product development.

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