Losing weight is no easy thing. In order to make it easier for those wanting to lose weight, people research several methods to improve their capabilities to burn calories and fat. One of these, recommended by nutritionists, is fish oil. Does fish oil help with weight loss? Opinions differ on whether fish oil, also known for being rich in omega 3-fatty acids, can be helpful when it comes to losing weight. Now, we are going to explain people claim that fish oil can indeed help with weight loss and how it affects the body.
Firstly, consider that omega 3-fatty acids (which can be obtained from fish oil supplements) brings lots of benefits to hour health. It improves your heart rate, your brain health, helps with skin health and can apparently be helpful to deal with depression.
There are three types of omega 3-fatty acids:
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is considered the essential of the omega 3-fatty acids since our bodies can’t produce it naturally. It is obtained from plant foods such as seeds and walnuts.
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which can be found from fish or fatty fish, and from sea food such as algae.
EPA and DHA can be produced from ALA, but the conversion is pretty much inefficient. This is why nutritionists and health professionals recommend adding more EPA and DHA to our system, and these can be added by eating more fish or fatty fish, around two serves per week. Or, adding fish oil too, a type of supplement.
Confirmed benefits of EPA and DHA include:
- Improve eye and brain development
- Helps prevent depression, breast cancer and inflammation.
How does it help with weight loss?
Fish oil can help people lose more weight with several effects in the body. The first one being apparently reducing hunger. According to one study, a group under fish oil was compared to a group which wasn’t taking fish oil at all. The first group reported that they indeed felt full after meals for longer periods of time. This effect is varies depending on the person, thought, so this may not be present if you start taking fish oil.
Also, for people undergoing cancer or renal diseases, intaking fish oil supplement pills make them eat more and have more appetite, which considering their health, is a good thing.
Meaning that effects in regards of appetite also depend on your health and diet. Still, more research is needed to decided whether fish oil directly affects appetite or not.
Another effects of fish oil is that it increases your metabolism, thus increasing how much calories you burn through the day. This effect is enhanced when you do exercises.
Apparently, fish oil can boost the effects of exercises in the process of burning calories, making exercises more effective when it comes to burning calories. Some studies claim that fish oil also improves muscle mass while doing exercises and training regimes, and also boosts our body’s capability to burn fats.