Many people understand how omega-3 fish oil can be great for healthy joints and skin, but there are also many benefits of omega-3 fish oil for weight loss.
A study at the University of South Australia on 75 overweight individuals with a high risk of cardiovascular disease divided the participants into four groups.
- Group one received doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements from tuna and did no exercise
- Group two received doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements from tuna and ran for 45-minutes three times a week
- Group three received doses of sunflower oil (without any omega-3) and did no exercise
- Group four received doses of sunflower oil supplements and ran for 45-minutes three times a week.
After three weeks, tests showed that little had changed in three groups, but the group that took fish oil and exercised showed a decrease in body fat and lost an average 4.5 pounds. This is great news for dieters, showing the definite benefits of omega-3 fish oil for weight loss in conjunction with exercise.
Why Do Omega-3 Fish Oils and Exercise Promote Weight Loss?
It seems paradoxical that eating fatty oils can actual help you burn body fat and shed unwanted pounds, but this is what many other studies have also shown.
This anomaly works because taking omega-3 fish oil supplements increases the body’s metabolism by activating fat-burning enzymes, particularly around the belly.
In another study, researchers gave one group of people eight capsules of fish oil supplements; two at breakfast, three at lunchtime and three in the evening. The second group was given a placebo. Both groups were given exactly the same amount of food and exercise. Those who took the omega-3 fish oils lost an average of two pounds compared to the placebo group which lost on average 0.7 pounds. In addition, the omega-3 group burned 1,775 calories per day compared to 1,710 calories by the placebo group. This clearly shows that taking fish oil supplements in conjunction with exercise can burn calories as part of a calorie-controlled weight-loss diet.