Fish oil for weight loss is a relatively under-promoted concept; you don’t see adverts on TV or over hyped sales pages for Fish oil or at least I haven’t, and I did have a quick look, probably due to the simple fact Omega 3 Fish oil is so cheap and widely available, there is not much money in it…
Stop rambling James; is Fish oil good for weight loss?
The simple answer is yes if it is taken along with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, since Fish oil increases the number of calories your body burns, decreases blood pressure, increases digestion, keep joints healthy, skin healthy and helps maintain hormone steadiness and metabolism.
Fish oil specifically omega-3 fish oil does this because of its high levels of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DPA (docosapentaenoic).
The DHA in Fish Oil, neutralises pre-fat cells helping reduce the bodies fat production, and tricking the body into breaking down carbohydrates rather than storing them as fat along with the increase in metabolism and blood flow, makes Fish oil a good supplement to take, for weight loss when combined with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.
Regular exercise being critical because studies have shown, only those that were given fish oil supplements and made to exercise regularly experienced weight loss, those who only took fish oil did not experience weight loss.
Therefore as with pretty much everything we recommend, it is one of those things where it’s not a quick fix, there is no quick, healthy permanent fix, that little magic pill just doesn’t exist, at least not yet.
What does a Fish oil weight loss diet look like:
In truth this will vary depending on the quality of the fish oil you buy, it is recommended minimum you take 500mg/day of EPA and DHA, so for some there Omega 3 fish oil will be of good quality and contain this in one tablet, some will have to take 3 maybe more, since the minimum you need to maintain a healthy heart is around 500mg/day or 1000mg/day for optimal brain and immune system functioning.
Therefore its better to ignore the doses suggested on the packet, and focus on the small print to and actually see how much EPA and DHA combined the product provides.
My personally favourite “Barlean’s Omega Swirl Fish Oil Lemon Zest” is not actually a tablet at all you just take 3 tea spoons (15ml) of it, you can either do this like some people where they have some with every meal or in one go, its up to you which one you choose
An example healthy balanced fish oil diet would look like:
Breakfast: Omelette, Water/Green Tea + Fish Oil
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Water + Fish Oil
Dinner: Chicken with mushrooms etc, Water + Fish Oil
Snack: Cottage cheese, salad and berries.
If you have read any of my other posts you will see I use this meal plan allot, that’s just because its simple, I am not suggesting you eat it every day.
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