There are so many health benefits to taking fish oil including weight loss! This may seem ironic considering it is an oil (fat), but here is some information about how it may be able to assist your weight-loss efforts:
Increased cell membrane ‘fluidity’
Since fish oil is composed primarily of omega-3 fatty acids, which are one of the two essential fatty acids, they are a component of the membranes of all of the trillions of cells in our bodies.
The fish oils hold proteins in the cell membranes (because of their double bonds), which help them act as protein channels and protein pumps, which are used for transporting nutrients into cells and wastes out of cells.
Sufficient intake of fish oils means that the cells can function more efficiently and this is likely to boost the metabolic rate, which will assist fat burning and weight loss.
Furthermore, it is theorised that since essential fatty acids (EFAs) also make up the membranes of the cell’s organelles (small organs), these organelles will also have more efficient functioning and therefore contribute to boosting the metabolic rate of the cell.
Oxygen transport and delivery
In order to be completely burned up, fat requires a substantial amount of oxygen. Since EFAs (including fish oil) are involved in oxygen transport and delivery within cells, oxidation of substrates (mainly fat and carohydrate) and energy production in cells and organelles, it is no surprise that the fish oil and weight loss relationship is strengthened through this mechanism.
Improves recovery time post-exercise
Since EFAs assist in the conversion of lactic acid to carbon dioxide and water, the body may recover faster after each exercise session. This means that more frequent exercise session may be performed, which will help you achieve your weight loss goal much faster.
Assists muscle growth and/ or maintenance
EFAs, particularly fish oils, are involved in nutrient transport, oxygen transport as well as electron transport in cells. Overall, this can help increase muscle growth or at the very least help maintain muscle mass.
Since muscle is one of the most metabolically-active tissues in the body, increasing it or maintaining it will assist in burning fat and in the long term, losing weight. This tends to be a more indirect relationship between fish oil and weight loss.
Appetite suppressing effects
The theory of fish oil and weight loss is also supported by the fact that oils have appetite suppressing effects. It is believed to result from the fact that oils slow down the passage of food leaving the stomach, which helps people feel full for longer.
GI lowering effects
Fats and oils also slow down the absorption rate of carohydrates. This means that the blood sugar may stay stable and therefore ensure a lowered insulin response from the meal.
Lower insulin means the body can access and use fat as a fuel source more effectively. This means weight loss may ecome easier.
Omega-3s are known to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore, if a person has a tendency to retain fluid as a result of their diet, lifestyle or medication, taking fish oil on a regular asis may assist their body in becoming rid of the excess fluid. This is another way that the fish oil and weight loss theory is supported.
Overall, it is definitely worthwhile using fish oil for weight loss. In fact, everyone can receive the amazing health benefits of fish oil by simply adding a few grams, in supplement form, to their diet every day.
Some people prefer to have the fish oil capsules, whilst other prefer simply having the liquid because smaller amounts are required. Either way, it an essential supplement to include in your diet, especially if you want to lose weight!
In order to get the best results, have 4-6 capsules a day. Even if you have the 'one a day' capsules, it is still best to have 2-3 of those. The 'one a day' concept is for RDIs I believe, not therapeutic dosages. Alternatively, you may prefer to have a few teaspoons of the liquid instead. Either way, fish oil is definitely a supplement that is worthwhile adding to your 'must have' list and is one of the few supplements to have every day.
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on Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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