Q: What supplement can help me lose weight?
A: Try fish oil, 1 -1.5g of fish oil per body fat % daily will help you reduce body fat and lose weight. Just beware of the manufacture of the fish oil, spend the extra dollar so your fish oil is free of heavy metals.
Fish oil can help you lose weight for a number of reasons, some of which are well known, while others are just emerging. First, fish oil provides essential fats because it is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fats are those which the body can’t produce on its own—they must be eaten—and it must have them for optimal function.
Fish oil won’t turn into fat in the body. Instead, the body will favorably use the fat from fish oil to build the outside lipid (fat) layer that protects our cells. Any kind of fat can be used to do this—trans fats, omega-6 fats, whatever you eat—but your cells will function the best, and metabolism will be optimal if fish oil makes up the cell lipid layer because it improves the activity of insulin.
This allows for better insulin sensitivity, which is a principal factor in weight loss. If you have poor insulin sensitivity, you will have a very difficult time losing weight. The other benefit of fish oil is that it is anti-inflammatory, which will be explained in greater depth in #3.
You can see fish oil working its fat loss magic in a recent study that gave healthy subjects 4 grams of fish oil or the same dose of sunflower oil (an omega-6 fat) for 6 weeks. The participants who took the fish oil significantly lost body fat and increased muscle mass—and they weren’t even exercising!
Of interest, the participants in this study had a decrease in their levels of the stress hormone cortisol after taking the fish oil. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that degrades muscle, leads to weight and fat gain.
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