Have you decided to shed a few pounds? Congratulations! You’ve made an excellent decision and Omega 3 may be able to assist you!
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, weight is no longer just about looking good. Being at the right weight for your body is linked to better health, both physically and emotionally.
So, what’s the best way to lose weight?
As many of us know, this is not easy! It requires patience and perseverance. Many people looking for a ‘quick fix’ turn to weight loss pills. However, this is usually not a good idea. As the NIH warns us, many weight loss pills can be harmful.
Is there any other way to make the weight loss process more effective?
A recent study done at the University of South Australia has given some ‘food for thought’. The researchers studied 75 people who were overweight and at risk for a number of diseases. The study wanted to see the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids and exercise on weight loss.
The people were separated into four groups:
A: No Omega-3, no extra exercise.
B: No Omega-3, extra exercise.
C: Omega-3, no extra exercise.
D: Omega-3, extra exercise.
Want to guess which group had the most weight loss? Group D: Omega-3, extra exercise.
More studies need to be done to confirm these results but here’s what the researchers think: They believe that Omega-3 ‘turns on’ the enzymes which help burn fat. However, it can’t do it alone. It needs a catalyst (a driver). That’s where exercise comes in. Exercise increases the body’s metabolic rate so that this process can take place.
The even better news is that the NIH has found many reasons to take it. For example, taking it may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Also, the NIH reports that it is used by the body for vital functions such as:
- muscle activity
- blood clotting
- cell division and growth
- brain development and function
So, what have you got to lose … except for some weight?