Ok, the study I’m going to share with you here is pretty cool…
The researchers fed their subjects a control diet for four weeks and measured body fat mass and metabolism.
Then, they took 6 grams of fat out of the diet and replaced it with 6 grams of fish oil.
So, exactly the same calories, exactly the same fat. Only change was swapping out other fats for fish oil – and only 6 grams of it at that.
What do you think happened? Even though metabolism remained unchanged, the subjects LOST FAT!
The control group who kept on the original diet lost 0.7 pounds over the next 3 weeks.
The fish oil group lost 2.2 pounds (over 3x as much) in the same amount of time.
Diet was the same. Calories were the same. Exercise was the same. The only difference was the switching in of fish oil, and they lost 3x as much fat.
What does this mean for you?
Start taking some freaking fish oil!!
I take 12-15 grams a day. I recommend at least 6 grams a day. Start with 2 grams, one capsule with breakfast, the other with dinner. If you stomach still feels ok, add another capsule every few days until you reach six.
SPOILER ALERT: This next paragraph is gross.
You’ll know when you’ve reached your temporary maximum dosage because your poop will turn grey and runny. Back down a gram or two if this happens. As your system adjusts over a few weeks, you can start adding again.
To keep fish burps to a minimum, take your capsules with food, get enteric coated capsules, take lemon-flavored fish oil, or keep your capsules in the fridge (good idea anyway).
If you’re interested in the study, here’s the citation:
Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1997 Aug;21(8):637-43.
Effect of dietary fish oil on body fat mass and basal fat oxidation in healthy adults.
Couet C, Delarue J, Ritz P, Antoine JM, Lamisse F.
Laboratoire de Nutrition et Clinique Médicale A, J.E. 313, Université François Rabelais, 37000 Tours, France.
And here’s a link to the abstract: Fish Oil Is Awesome