Every day, there is a new miracle cure for weight loss. Each time you turn on the television, you hear the new miraculous cure for your preventable malady. All too often these cures are nothing more than the strong preying on the weak; marketers, with a heavy hand writing promises that won’t happen; greedy suppliers, trying anything to make a buck. But once in a while, you get a study supported, real life help in the battle of the bulge. Today, that helper is fish oil because fish oil helps weight loss.
It all started with a study conducted by the University of Georgia. During their ambitious study, the university studied the effects of fish oil containing DHA on fat cells. It turns out that the fish oil causes the cells that turn to fat cells to die. Because your fat cells are dead and gone before they are able to actually retain fat, your body is forced to accumulate less fat.
Later the University of South Australia followed up with a study of 75 overweight adults between the ages of twenty five and sixty five. During the study, the university had the adults combine exercise with the consumption of fish oil. As it turns out, exercising with fish oil resulted in more fat being burned during the work out.
It seems counter intuitive to take fat (in reality, isn’t that what oil is?) in order to increase fat loss, but it works. For once, you’ve got two clinical studies to back up the assertion that a supplement will help you lose weight. But remember, this only works with fish oil. You should not try this with Crsico, lard, vegetable oil or other oils. As far as researchers can tell, this only works with fish oil that contains DHA.
Generally, omega 3 fatty acids derived from fish oils come from salmon, but some trout and other fatty fish may also contain these heart healthy fats. Since most pills contain salmon oil, it is important to make sure they are not farm raised salmon. There is some difference between farm raised salmon and wild salmon. It has been said that farm raised salmon may contain more antibiotics and other unnatural ingredients.
Fish oil also helps in the fight against heart disease. Fish oil can increase your healthy cholesterol levels (HDL) and reduce your unhealthy cholesterol levels (LDL). Some sites also state that fish oil can help regulate your hormones and increase your metabolism, although evidence of this is unfound.
Obviously, fish oil capsules are not a miracle cure for weight loss. They also don’t make losing weight any easier. You still have to try to get yourself out of bed early to make time to exercise. You still have to eat a balanced diet filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, calcium and protein. You still have to avoid sugar, simple carbohydrates and fatty foods. You still have to count your calories, go to bed hungry and skip meals out. It is not a simple, easy solution. But if it helps give you a little extra edge in your battle, if it makes it just slightly easier to succeed, isn’t that worth it?
While the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil capsules are generally a safe and natural addition to your daily supplement routine, it is still a good idea to talk to your primary care physician before you begin taking them. You’ll want to find out if there are any side effects or if they will have a problem interacting with your other medications and supplements. Additionally, you want to find out how much you can take before worrying about mercury poisoning.