Fish oil helps you lose weight by helping you burn fat… by decreasing insulin levels.
Insulin discourages your body from burning stored fat as fuel and encourages your body to store more fat, especially when you eat too much. Taking fish oil lowers insulin levels and promotes fat burning instead of fat storage. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that supplementing the diet with omega 3 fish oil increases the number of fat calories burned per day by up to 26%!
Technically speaking, insulin inhibits the enzyme lipase which breaks down stored fat and readies it to be used as fuel. A study from the Kao Corporation in Tochigi, Japan, and published in the July 2008 Journal of Nutrition, showed that lab mice that receivedsupplements of fish oil and ate a diet high in fat metabolized more fat and gained less weight than mice eating a high fat diet but not getting the fish oil supplements.
Omega 3s also promotes burning fat (and therefore weight loss) by increasing levels of the hormone leptin. Leptin is decreases appetite and aids in the burning of fat.
Fish oil helps you lose weight by helping your body store carbs as glycogen instead of body fat.
Fish oil helps weight loss by making you less hungry. A recent study showed that when obese subjects took omega 3 fatty acid supplements in addition to following a weight loss program, they tended to feel fuller longer. And who doesn’t want that? Researchers at the University of Navarra, University of Iceland and University College Cork went on to say that if additional studies support this, fish oil will become a heavy hitter when it comes to weight loss. But we say, why wait if you can feel full now?
Feeling full from fish oil may be attributed to omega 3s increasing the levels of the hormone leptin.
Fish oil seems to support good circulation, brain health and good mood. Some individuals report that fish oil helps them feel satisfied so they don’t crave fatty foods as “feel good” comfort foods. Being happy can go a long way when it comes to weight loss!