The obesity rates are increasing aat alarming rates across the globe and has undoubtedly made it to the list of major health concerns in number of countries. North America seems to top the list with all age groups of the demography with including adults, adolescents and even children being affected. Increase in weight and waistlines point to the danger of belly fat wrapping the internal organs. [1-4]. Are we doomed them? No! It is not all that desperate, the nature has gifted us with its own remedy, Omega-3 Fish Oil, a dependable and highly effective solution that will still leave money in your wallet.
Low concentration of Omega-3 Fatty acids among people with obesity problem
One of the ways of finding the obesity problems in an individual is by checking the Body Mass Index which is popularly known as BMI. This is a ratio calculated taking into account the height and weight of the individual. It has been found through researches that people with obesity issues have lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. This then is certainly a revelation that we could reverse engineer the whole problem for the expected remedy or solution that is by improving Omega-3 levels in the problem we should be able to find a way out of obesity issues [5-7].
Even though globally BMI is used as a standard for measuring obesity, we cannot blindly go with this index because this test has no way of probing further to establish the actual fat content and differentiating between fat and lean muscle mass. In case of obesity, it is the body fat that draws the line between healthy vs. unhealthy people. [8,9]
Tests have proven that belly fat is more reliable ways of establishing poor health than compared to the BMI rating [10,11]. It has been found that even in the instances higher belly fat, the Omega-3 level is very low. One of the functions of Omega-3 fatty acid is to reduce the fat cell size. Therefore by increasing the Omega-3 level in the body will help in reducing the belly fat. . If anyone is seriously considering reducing their weight and in particular belly fat then dietary changes to include omega-3 fatty acids will prove to be an effective way of enjoying healthier BMI and reducing belly fat.
Achieving weight loss goals with Omega-3 fish oil
Using Omega-3 fish oil supplements results in weight loss, fat loss and also belly fat loss and the same have been proven in various tests with daily dosages ranging from 300 mg to 1.8 grams of EPA + DHA [14-18].
If Omega-3 fatty acids are used along with an exercise regimen then an overall effectiveness is experienced in achieving one’s weight loss goals [19, 20].
Further to that including seafood or fish oil in one’s balanced diet improves weight loss rate. [21, 22]. A holistic approach to weight loss therefore is creating a strategy that includes balanced diet, exercise and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
One of the experiments that lasted for 3 week period whereby the subjects who used 2.8 grams of Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, balanced diet with restricted calorie and exercise lost 1.5 kg higher weight loss as opposed to those who were in the same program but given a placebo instead of fatty acid supplement . The test has proven beyond doubt that Ometa-3 fatty acids certainly speeds up weight loss when combined with restricted calorie intake and exercise.
What is the secret behind it?
Omega-3 fatty acids help in speeding up the body’s metabolism and also the fat burning potential of the body [23 – 27]. Along with it there are evidences that it suppresses appetite which naturally calls for reduced intake of food and hence the calories obtained through them [28, 29].
One of the misconceptions that prevailed for years is that our body just stored all the extra calories. Interestingly, recent researches indicate there is more happening internally than just storing the extra calories and that excess fat resulted in number of health complications including inflammation, resistance to insulin and numerous other issues [30-34]. Researches also consolingly reveal that a number of these negative effects of higher fat in the body is prevented by Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. [14, 15, 17, 21, 25, 35-46]. Therefore, there is an overall health benefit to the body along with weight and fat loss benefits from Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
There are significant benefits in Omega-3 fatty acids that are richly available in fish oil supplements. Those with weight loss goals and those who like to enjoy general physical wellbeing could consider Omega-3 supplementation.
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