Omega 3 Supplements for Weight Loss? What My Research Uncovered.

April 12, 2011

I’ve recently read some conflicting advice on Omega 3 supplements in regard to weight loss. Studies have shown that fish oils and other Omega 3 supplements do promote weight loss, but are these supplements healthy? How much is healthy? How much do you need to lose weight? Do you need to even include these in your diet? So time for a little research.

omega 3 supplements for weight loss

[Most people think of “fish oil” as the best source of Omega 3. Through research, I have found that this is simply not the case.]

I’m Going to Try and Simplify This As Much As Possible

My goal is to make this easy to read and grasp. When things get too technical, I tend to skim. I don’t think any of us needs to understand every little thing about Omega 3’s…and that isn’t the goal here. I simply want to address this supplement in regards to weight loss, the proper dose, etc.

How Do Omega 3 Supplements Aid in Fat Loss?

Omega 3 supplements simply reduce your insulin levels throughout the day. When insulin levels are high, you can’t use fat for fuel. When insulin levels are high, your HGH levels are low. You want HGH to be high and insulin levels to be low…and Omega 3 supplements make that happen. Keeping insulin stable is also key in avoiding adult onset diabetes…it is a good idea in general. Fish oil also directly increases the oxidation of fat within fat cells.

How Much to Take for Weight Loss?

This is where things aren’t as clear. It looks like we are after 1.5 grams of combined EPA and DHA per day. So that works out to roughly 7,000-10,000 mg’s of Omega 3 per day! Completely excessive in my opinion. The only time I recommend such a heavy dose would be 2-3 weeks before a vacation. In my opinion taking this much year round is probably excessive.

Most Sources of Omega 3’s Have High Levels of Mercury

Most Omega 3 supplements come from fish and ingesting these fish oils daily can build up to a toxic level of mercury. You don’t want to become lean and toxic. So what do you do?

Krill Oil is the Best Source of Omega 3

Krill are tiny deepwater crustaceans that are completely free of unhealthy toxins and pollution commonly found in regular fish oil. Doctors in Japan have now switched their patients from regular fish oil to krill oil.

Other Reasons to Take Krill Oil Over Fish Oil?

  • 47 times the antioxidant power of regular fish oil.
  • 500% better absorption by your body than regular fish oil, according to U.S. Government National Institutes Of Health.
  • A recent study at McGill University, showed that krill oil increased good cholesterol 10 times better than fish oil.
  • The same study showed that it dropped 16 times more bad cholesterol than fish oil.

I’m Taking Krill Oil Daily & I’m Going to Force My Girlfriend

My girlfriend isn’t someone who enjoys taking supplements, but I’m sold on krill oil. I have recently begun taking this brand of Krill Oil, because they have stringent manufacturing and testing processes in place…plus I already take their multivitamin and BCAA’s. You can go with other brands, but do some research on the company first. These guys also have a good free report if you want to dig deep into Omega 3’s: What Your Doctor Never Told You About Fish Oil.

Do You Need Omega 3 Supplements to Get Really Lean?

Absolutely not….this supplement will just help you reach your goals a little faster. After all of this research, I’ve decided that I like Omega 3 supplements for their health benefits. They can be helpful as a weight loss aid, but taking 7,000-10,000mg a day can get spendy. My plan is to take 1,000-2,000mg per day for the powerful anti-oxidant effects (supposedly the antioxidant power of krill oil is 297 times greater than vitamin A or vitamin E).

Summary: Several articles I read claimed that the weight loss effects of Omega 3 supplementation weren’t extremely impressive. The true benefit is long term health…and the best source is krill oil. If you do want to use as a weight loss aid, aim for 7,000mg-10,000mg per day (aiming for 1.5 grams total of EPA + DHA). Don’t go above this amount, because it can thin the blood to unsafe levels.

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Yavor April 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Whatever the truth about the benefits of Omega 3’s for fatloss, I believe at least from time to time taking some form of Omega 3 is a good idea. Years ago I had skin problems that cleared within 10 days of starting on fish oil.

Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips April 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Rusty,
You read my mind! I’ve been researching Omega 3 for the past week. Glad to see your take on it. I was taking a closer look at cod liver oil due to the vitamin D benefit. I was also considering Udo’s Choice Oil as an alternative.

A couple quick questions: are these offered as pills? If so, when do you take them? I’m following Eat Stop Eat and assume I would have to take them with dinner so as not to interfere with fasting benefits. Any fishy aftertaste?

Thanks for all the great info!
Dave

john April 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Rusty,
A math question, If the recommendation is 1000 milligrams per 20 pounds, then a 200 pound man (10 times 20 pounds ) should take
(10 times 1000 milligrams) which would be 100,000 milligrams? Have i misread this?

Tom C April 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

How many capsules per container are there in the prograde brand? If 60 as I think (based on the label they have on the site, could be a different bottle though) it would be a lot cheaper to get the NOW brand version, same mg of what we want. But 120 capsules for $38 vs 60 for $35.

[email protected] April 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Rusty,

Interesting post on fish oil.

I’ve tried to supplement with it in the past, but usually got breakouts from it; not sure if it was an allergy to it, or just a bad brand (though I did try a couple different brands).

I might give the one you recommend a try; though I’d take it primarily for the health benefits… the weight loss (getting ripped) would just be a side benefit ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris Cannon

Chad April 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I have read the same thing about krill, and when my old fish oil supply runs out I plan on getting some krill.

As far as purity, I also like to know that the company I am getting it from has quality stuff, which is why I buy most of my supplements from the Life Extension Foundation.

EPA/DHA (fish oil) is one of the few supplements that I have taken that actually had very *noticeable* effects. I was having pain in my wrist for about a year every time I would lift heavy. Almost overnight, when I started taking fish oil, the pain went away and it has been almost ten years and there is still no pain.

Definately something to add to your supplementation program, not so much for weight loss, as calories will handle about 95% that, but for health and well being.

Kasper @ FortiusFitness April 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Super post Rusty. I include fish oil and Krill oil in my daily diet, and I can feel a noticeable difference, especially in the joints, if I skip this. It really supports heavy training very well. I like to mix them up a bit as well as the amount.

Pete - Abs Workout Program April 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hey Rusty,

My wife and I have been taking that exact same brand of krill oil for the past few years…with excellent results! Not only have I been able to maintain a healthy weight and bodyfat percentage year-round, I also experienced a notable decrease in joint pain a couple of weeks after I started taking the supplements. I’ve been using them ever since!

Wishing you health and happiness,

~ Pete

Patrick April 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Rusty,
You are the man! Been folllowing you for a few years, got your visual impact the year before last I think. After dialing in the nutrition over the last few weeks, the training is finally paying off! Keep up the good work!!!

I found about Krill a couple weeks back and was looking for more info. You and the universe have provided!

Thanks!

Jamie April 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My father runs a supplement website that sells about a dozen different products for Omega-3. I have to say that everything you’ve said here is spot on. I generally take a low dosage year round, it has a cumulative build-up effect similar to the Mercury as you mentioned. Therefore, short stints of high intake only really work when they are in addition to a longer term intake.

However, the idea of increasing your intake for short periods is a very good way to give your body a boost of antioxidants (which will help with all that toxic alcohol you’re going to put in your body on holiday :D) and the increase in Omega 3 can’t hurt. Personally I’ve never found the impact on weight loss to be huge but I do think it helps, even if psychologically.

Cheers,
Jamie.

Jamie G. April 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I use these guys: http://www.strongerfasterhealthier.com/product/1

Robb Wolf, writer of the Paleo Solution, and the folks over at the Whole 9 recommends these guys. I haven’t found a fish oil higher in EPA and DHA.

Whole 9 also does a pretty good write up on Fish Oil, including the negatives of Krill Oil over Fish Oil: http://whole9life.com/fish-oil-faq/

Jack April 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Rusty – thanks for this info. I thought I was doing so good taking regular fish oil. Didn’t even think about mercury and bio accumulation of toxins or where the oil came from (and that was my thing for 11 years in environmental field!)

Andrea April 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Hey Rusty,

Check out this website which helps you determine how much fish oil you should take in a day! http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/

Anna @ Path to Fat Loss April 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hey Rusty, I personally get my krill oil from Prograde as well. The other brand I like is from a Swiss company called Arbonne. Their omega-3 supplement is made from plant products like nuts so even vegans can take this.

But, I stick with Prograde because their auto-ship is so convenient!

Anna

Jason G April 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

When monitoring calories its important to factor in the calories from fish oil supplements. 10 calories per pill. If your taking five or more pills this number should be noted.

Mark's Fat Burning Food and Fitness Blog April 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Rusty,

I believe the problem with Omega 3’s is one of deficiency.

To re-load your body’s stores –so to speak– initially high doses are warranted.
These can then be tapered down over time.

In my international studies some experts told me that doses of up to 45 GRAM! per day short term are required.

Once the omega 3 levels are replenished, some 10 gram per day of for example fish oil will do.

Tip for vegetarians: Perilla Oil is one of the best plant sources, apparently.

Have Fun !;-)

Mark

David Gowing - Advanced Health & Fitness April 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I have been taking Omega 3 fish oils for years for health rather than fat loss, but not in super high doses. I have also taken astaxanthin in supplement form which is the red pigment in krill oil. It’s a very powerful antioxidant which would be an added bonus I guess. It seems great, but so did Omega 3 originally.

I’m going to stick with regular Omega 3’s for the moment and wait for the hype around krill oil to die down a bit.

Neel April 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hi from NZ , Rusty,
If you are looking for purity in your fish oil supplements, it would be hard to beat the fish that live in the Southern Ocean around New Zealand. The mercury levels in the Northern Hemisphere are shocking.
I found an excellent supplement supplier with ethics to match.
http://www.xtend-life.com
They seem to have well researched information.
One thing about Krill …should we not leave it alone since it is the first organism in the food chain and Whales need all the food and help they can get!
P.S I really enjoy your Blog.

Regards
Neel

Sam- Look Like An Athlete April 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I have never taken Omega 3 fish oils. Although this supplement has been popular for some time it seems it is gaining more and more popularity.
I have heard that you have to get the right brands since many of them do not give you the amount that is promised on the labels plus it can be pricey.
-Sam

brenda April 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hi Chris,

I had the same problem until I switched to Dr. Serrano’s brand. It is sold thru Infinity fitness/Scott H. Mendelson. I have only had good results with this. I hope this helps

Ian - Home Workout Blog April 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Rusty-

Cool post, that’s the first I have heard of krill oil as an Omega 3 source.

I have also heard good things about omega 3 supplements that are derived from algae – good if you don’t eat meat or are looking for an alternative fish and krill oil.

Guess where fish and krill get their high concentrations of Omega 3s – algae!

Here’s one supplement that has good reviews: Deva Vegan Omega-3 DHA (also includes DHA)

Thanks again,

Ian

Jeremy Priestner | Art of Lifting April 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Nice simple report, Rusty. I take fish oil every other day, but I will definitely look into supplementing with krill oil after reading this.

**BTW, I’ve also read some research suggesting that fish oil may help the body to recover after intense exercise. Just another reason to support its use as a supplement. And a good one at that.

Raymond- ZenMyFitness April 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Very good thoughts on Supplements .. It makes sense! .. but bottom line life is complicated enough to worry about which supplements to take..I just stick real foods as a balanced diet …’most people’ I see on the supplement trail usually haven’t got the body or health they want let alone ever see 6 pack abs so rather than worry if something is going to help maybe 10% att he best I’ll apply the 80/20 rule and leave it alone … I rather munch on fish, nuts ,seeds anyday than take a tablet.
Raymond

AF1 April 13, 2011 at 3:48 am

Krill oil has lower levels of EPA and DHA than fish oil. Making it an inferior supplement in that sense.

Anita April 13, 2011 at 4:39 am

Good overview on Omega 3 Rusty. After reading up on the topic a lot of the opinion is 1,000mg of combined EPA & DHA per day is the maintenance level. You make a lot of good points about making sure mercury and other heavy metals are removed from whichever supplement we decide to take. But also worth mentioning that you should look for Omega 3 only supplement. A lot of the over-the-counter stuff comes bundled with Omegas 6 & 9 – and those we typically have a lot of.

Raymond – I totally agree that we should first try get our nutrients from our diet, but some things just don’t come in the quality and quantity that’s most beneficial for the body. Omega 3’s are particularly tricky to get from a meal without the heavy metals… Also – digestive imbalances could create a barrier to optimum absorption.

A more healthier attitude is to combine great diet with a few essential vitamin/mineral supplements. Especially after the age of 30 when our bodies produce less of the good stuff on their own.

Christian Finn April 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

Have you ever come across any research on krill oil and weight loss, like this one on fish oil?
http://www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/news/foildm.htm

I’ve searched high and low, but with no success.

Howard - Energia Fitness April 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hey Rusty

Nice clear post on omega 3ยดs. I have been taking fish oils for years but mainly for health reasons rather than as a potential fat loss aid. I have been looking at the Krill Oil you mentioned in the article and I think you have persuaded me to give it a try.

Cheers

Howard

Vaclav Gregor April 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

People always look for quicker and easier solutions to lose fat. Omega 3 suplement is one of them. The effects are really minor in my opinion and you seem to agree with me on this one, so it’s more beneficial for the health department than the fat loss process.

Luke M Davies April 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for sharing the research Rusty! I switched from regular Fish Oil to EFA tablets a little while back but Krill Oil will definitely be on my shopping list – the health benefits looks impressive and it should support intensive triathlon training that I have plannned after the London Marathon. The obvious downside to endurance training is always inflammation and joint wear & tear for me. I see Udo’s oil blend advertised a lot (as used by athletes etc…) so looking into Krill Oil will offer a nice alternative.

Troy - Cube.Dweller.Fitness April 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I’ve been taking Omega-3 for my cholesterol numbers.

I posted a series on tips I’ve been following. Here’s the one on Omega-3.
http://cubedwellerfitness.com/2011/03/tues-tip-omega3-plant-sterols/

I hadn’t come across the research that links Omega-3 to fat loss. It might be worthwhile upping the dose for a short time to see how it goes.

Another great post.

Jason G April 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

There needs to be another category that separates supplements like vitamins from things like whey protein and fish oil(maybe krill to) which are comprised of mainly macro nutrients and act in the body like foods. These things are great for health and should not be frowned upon because they are associated with the greedy supplement industry.

Clement April 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

I’ve never supplemented with Omega-3’s before. In fact, I’ve never taken a supplement in my life.

But I know so many people are recommending fish oil or krill oil supplementation, so I’m going to take that leap of faith now.

How do you find the supplement in liquid form? John Romaniello recommends taking it in liquid form if you’re going to consume high amounts of it.

seth April 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

Off subject but rusty, how much muscle should I have to look good and tasteful? I have been building for 3 months now but I can just keep going if I want. Im 6 2 and about 185-190. Bench is 280 1rm, squat 305, deadlift 410. I know you don’t recommend power lifts for legs but I have small legs and the testosterone release and gh release I think are invaluable. Do I need more muscle or should I maintain that and work on leaning out? I can see my abs but they aren’t as great as they have been before I started building. I would like to keep the muscle and be at about 8% bf. Im at, about 10-12% I think since I can see my abs just a little fat still at the belly button and love handles but not much. What does everyone else think? Bloggers?

Jack April 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

“Most Sources of Omega 3’s Have High Levels of Mercury.”

This is kind of a misleading statement. If you’re taking fish oil pills from any reputable dealer, then the bottle almost certainly says “mercury free.” Should we not trust the toxin-free claims of reputable fish oil pill brands?

Going by the comments, most readers here are getting their fish oil from pills, not from eating tons of mercury-laden fish. Those pills are fine. They don’t have mercury. You don’t have to switch to krill or risk being fit and toxic from taking your fish oil pills.

Jamie G. April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Clement, check my link above… SFH has theirs in liquid form. I love the stuff… no fish after taste, and comes in five flavors (so far I’ve tried chocolate, not bad, actually tasty… but next time I’m gonna try vanilla).

Jason G April 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Have to agree with Jack. Companies would quickly go out of business if they had mercury in their fish oils. Doctors and health experts would talk about this hidden risk for one. In fact avoiding mercury is one of the major selling points to fish oil supplementation.

On another note it seems like extracting fats from microscopic krill would take a lot more processing than traditional fish oil supplements. I have read numerous nutrition books all raving about the benefits of fish oil supplementation but never came across Krill oil once. Even though I know Rusty is looking out for his readers I also realize even the best of us can get excited about the newest thing.

Jason G April 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Seth,

You sound strong enough for a 185 pound male(Of course I don’t remember the last time I did 1rm of anything). I would get down to 7-8 percent fat and then take a close look at your physique. Then determine which muscles are to small or to large and change you workout accordingly.

Alykhan - Fitness Breakout April 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Rusty,

I have never taken Omega-3 supplements before. I feel I get a decent amount through natural food sources in my diet, but krill oil definitely seems like something worth looking into. Thanks for sharing.

Alykhan

Matt April 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

Remember, there are essentially two types of omega-3 sources: 1) plant based and 2) animal based.

Obviously, animal based sources such as salmon and herring contain EPA and DHA.

Plant based sources shouldn’t be overlooked either. Foods like spinach and flax seeds are great ways to supplement your whole omega-3 daily/weekly/monthly profile.

I consume a lot of spinach in my diet – especially when prepping for a photo shoot.

I just had an article published on the power of omega-3 foods here: Omega-3-Foods…

Thanks for the post, Rusty!

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MAXbarbell for weightlifting shoes April 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Mercury can be for the most part avoided if you pick fish oil made with small fish such as sardines, makarel, etc. Any further up the food chain and the toxins will start to accumulate in the fish’s body. Krill is probably a great alternative as Rusty explains, but I am not sure how widely available it is.

Delfina April 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hey Rusty, Very interesting take on Omega-3’s and Fish Oil vs. Krill Oil. I recently read that Krill oil (as well as low quality fish oil) are infamous for making those using them burp a lot. Have you experienced this at all?

Rolando Manso April 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I’ve taken fish oil pills of various brands on and off for a couple of decades. I have always been well below the thresholds you outlined in your article, but I was unaware of the lack of data supporting the belief that fish oil was a weightloss enhancer. Your article was well written and illuminating. Thank you.

Healthy Fitness April 20, 2011 at 6:37 am

Omega 3 is good for cardio, but its smelt bad…

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Dennis Blair Fort Collins Personal Trainer April 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Interesting post. I didn’t realize that they make krill oil. I have always been leery of the claim about weight loss and fish oil. But I did not realize they were recommending such a high dosage either. Thanks for sharing.

Afei April 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I don’t have any comment but I want to know where can go to by Omega 3 supplement Please let me know.

Thank you Afei

Alan Murray April 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Interesting article. Get me some Krill oil ๐Ÿ™‚

You go into some good detail in your posts even to mention suggested dosages. This is more than other articles I have read tend to delve.

AaronCurl April 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

No one mentioned the imbalance of omega 3’s to 6’s that most humans digest because of all the crap food most people eat. I have been paleo for over a year and consume 2000mg a day to keep a healthy balance of 3’s to 6’s.

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Michelle April 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hey! Other good sources of omega fatty acids are walnuts, flaxseeds (I like to put that on my oatmeal or cereal!), flaxseed oil….

Kel via Durbrow Personal Training May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

I take 1000 mg of flaxseed oil each day, and I swear it helps my sore muscles bounce back easier. After working out with Callie from http://ultimateathleticfitness.com/, I was FEELING THE BURN 1-2 days after the crazy workouts…and I don’t like the idea of taking pain medication very often-cramps and headaches only! But I’ve really felt the difference and am glad its apart of my overall nutrition plan! Thanks for th all the info!

John May 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

I am doing about 4000mg of fish oil a day. I know that John Beradi recommends one gram per percent body fat per day up to 30 grams!

personal trainer May 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

That would be great to believe that Omega3 helps with weight loss. It is well known that Omega3 has a positive effect on many health problems including sicknesses such as cancer, cardiovascular diseasesimmune and neurological problems or some of inflammations. So maybe it is a high time to start taking some also when trying to lose weight?

Jamie J May 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the info. I’m going to do some more research into krill oil.

Mark's Fat Burning Food and Fitness Blog May 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

Rusty,

Omega 3 can be pretty important for fat burning, especially when the body’s stores are depleted.

Some authorities recommend going as high as 45 gram pd for a while, and then taper down to about 10 a day …

BTW, I just wrote a post on menn.is about sleep, weight loss and the fact that sex can help with both, and it’s gone through the roof!
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Andreas Schumacher June 6, 2011 at 5:23 am

I would not take more than 10 Grams a day. You may go up to 30 Grams for 3 weeks, only if you have joint, inflammatory problems etc.

Sincerely

Andreas

Gabriel Martinez NYC Personal Trainer June 22, 2011 at 4:52 am

As an NYC Personal Trainer I personally recommend the use of fish oil for joint pain inflammation and fat loss. But I had no idea that Krill oil was that much more beneficial than regular omega 3.

Andreas June 27, 2011 at 4:25 am

Hi Gabriel,

everything is more beneficial when changed every 2-4 weeks. I would switch between krill oil and fish oil !

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Healthy Waist July 13, 2011 at 3:42 am

Interesting post Rusty. I’ll gonna try fish oil and Krill oil in my daily diet soon, and I hope I can see noticeable difference, especially in the joints. Well hopefully. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to mix them up a bit as well as the amount of exercise.

Richard July 19, 2011 at 12:30 am

i just bought a massive bottle of fish oil.
I will definitely have to do some more reading on krill oil now – though

UK Supplement Reviews August 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

The benefits of fish oil and krill oil are numerous. Most people are already aware of the anti-inflammatory properties, but its good to draw attention to other benefits such as fat loss!

EZBEAUTIFULSKIN August 25, 2011 at 2:41 am

Really wonderful research and the important of fish and oil are great. But we have to concern about it.

cycling to lose weight August 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

It’s good that someone finds the time to do some decent research into the matter rather than the usual rumour dropping.

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I believe that omega 3 is very important to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and for good overall health.

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I want to make sure that I have a balanced diet and supplement my nutrional intake with omega3. I want to maintain a healthy heart…

Bob @ healthymeansyou.com September 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I’ve been taking borage, flaxseed and fish oil all in one for few months now. I’m really not sure if it helped me a lot but I have been getting leaner.

Well… I am on a 5,6 days per week workout routine plus a well balanced diet so I really don’t know if the fish oil helps me or not but I’ll take it anyways because there’s just so much research done about it.

Great post as always Rusty,

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Exercises On Abs November 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

I think that Omega three is the must have in diet.. Fish oil is a little better, but you can use flax seed also..

uswebauthority November 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

I think if we need have balance diet we need Omega three . Everytime we must eat good food and all for our better life.

Tim @ Behind The Workout November 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

Awesome article Rusty. I made a link to this article when I talked about supplements in my recent post.

Coach Calorie December 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I think one of the mains reasons omega 3 supplements aid in weight loss is because they provide essential fats that the body cannot produce. When your body doesn’t get the nutrients that are ESSENTIAL, it will continue to send out hunger signals for you to eat until it receives what it needs. Supplementing your intake gives your body what it needs, and therefor, your body will be less likely to force you to eat.

Robin H December 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

Chris Kresser (who seems to be a pretty smart dude) has written a very interesting article about how taking a lot of fish oil can be bad in the long run, because omega-3 fat has problems of its own. Most studies on fish oil supplementation are relatively short, and the only really long one (more than four years) showed an increase in heart disease and sudden death.

Kresser feels that “the best approach is to dramatically reduce intake of omega-6 fat, found in industrial seed oils and processed and refined foods, and then eat a nutrient-dense, whole-foods based diet that includes fatty fish, shellfish and organ meats.” Though he is not totally against some omega-3 supplementation either.

Here’s the link: when-it-comes-to-fish-oil-more-is-not-better

Because it’s a difficult task to reduce omega-6 fats to the level we probably should, I take a big swig of highly concentrated fish oil (the more concentrated, the less mercury, due to distillation processes) every few days. But the less I dine out, and the more I can control my omega-6 intake, the less I supplement. I also eat sardines about 3 times a week.

sharon April 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

How many pills of prograde EFA icon should I take everyday??? I need to know!!!!! And do they only sell this item online? Are there any store that have them?

[email protected] April 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

Please help me lose weight and eat less.

i am 55 years old.

Kiko Rex June 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Eh, not at all a fan of the whole “supplements game.” However, I am a huge advocate for increasing omega 3s from my various readings from great researchers like William E.M. Lands and Stephen Guyenet. That said, simply eating fish and seafood, particularly fatty fish like salmon, is in my opinion a fine way to get the omega 3s one needs; both without spending a mint on supplements that one can’t be sure of the source (fish is fish; not much to hide, there) or having to worry about mercury (the selenium content in seafood is most often more-than-adequate to detoxify any mercury). It’s a shame when people feel they have to turn to some supplements factory to get what they can naturally get from *chewing*. Fish and other seafood can be done-up in various tasty ways- don’t think the same can be said about these hard-to-store and none-too-appetizing fish oil supplements, krill or otherwise.

zaini June 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

good information about omega-3 supplements for losing weight . obesity is one cause of diabetes i think if you want to get rid of diabetes then first control your weight then do other efforts. omega-3 are helpful for losing weight as it increases body metabolic rate .

m.c. July 31, 2012 at 6:16 am

If you decide to take an omega supplement please make sure it’s in a liquid from, much more effective! I mix it in a little juice shake and drink fast…no problem. Best quality brand I found was super EFA by GENESTRA!
Great anit-aging too!!!

Josh Stout August 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

If you want to try a source of omega 3’s that doesn’t come with all of the problems that fish oil brings along( besides the fact that it is disgusting) Give Mila a try it is a blend of 8 different chia seeds that deliver over 3000mg omega’s per serving and it is a WHOLE RAW FOOD not a processed supplement so your body recognizes it and can put it to work!

Emmy Jerde October 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hello Rusty,

Thanks for your article on Omega 3’s. Another source of Omega 3’s are Grass Fat dairy and meat products included in your diet. Great Plains Buffalo ground meat contains 3x the omega 3 content per serving than the leading grass fed meat products. 1 serving of Great Plains Buffalo = 1,000mg Omega 3’s. Grass Fat meat is a local, sustainable way to get Omega 3’s.

Thanks again!

Emmy Jerde
605.580.5976
GreatPlainsBuffalo.com

omega juicer review September 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Today, I went to the beach front with my children.
I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her
ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic
but I had to tell someone!

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