Exercise and Fish Oil Promote Fat Loss
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Introduction by Dr. Don Rose,
There are a
number of benefits currently attributed to the intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (OFAs)
-- including a reduction in the severity, risk and negative effects of heart disease,
depression, asthma, diabetes, eyesight deterioration and more. Fat loss and an improved
immune system are other benefits. Studies show that combining OFAs (e.g., from fish
oil supplements) with increased exercise gives even greater fat loss results. --Don
Overweight and obese individuals are often at risk for a cluster of symptoms termed
metabolic syndrome x. Included are hypertension, high lipid levels, coronary disease
and heightened insulin levels, a precursor to diabetes.
Two common prescriptions for those needing to lose weight and reduce their risk
for symptoms of metabolic syndrome x are exercise and good nutrition. Part of good
nutrition for overweight individuals includes taking fish oil supplements which
contain the healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3's reduce the symptoms of metabolic
syndrome x and increase the amount of fat you burn at rest and while exercising.
One study measured abdominal fat in overweight participants. One group exercised,
a second took fish caps and a third did both. The exercise group and the fish cap
group both lost abdominal fat. The most fat, however, was lost by the group who
performed both exercise and took fish caps.
The same was true for the other symptoms of metabolic syndrome x. All groups improved
but the combined exercise/fish oil group showed the greatest improvement in blood
pressure, insulin resistance and cholesterol levels.
The omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk factors, lessen
depression, improve asthma, sharpen eyesight, improve diabetes, improve your immune
system and help you lose weight. They are one of the healthiest foods on earth.
If you need to lose weight or just want to add one of those "super foods" to your
diet make the omega-3 fatty acids your first choice.
Dr. Lanny Schaffer
is the President of The
International Fitness Academy
. For more cutting edge weight loss and fitness information go to
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