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Omega 3s for Weight Loss: Timing is Everything

Omega 3s for Weight Loss: Timing is Everything

You’ve probably heard that Omega 3 fatty acids are good for you. You may even know they help with weight loss. But, timing when you ingest them plays a huge role in how much fat you’ll burn or whether you’ll burn fat at all.

When researching my book 60 Seconds to Slim, I discovered that when people take Omega 3 fatty acids, or ingest them from food sources, plays a significant role in whether they’ll lose weight. By taking Omega 3s or eating Omega-3 rich foods within one hour of working out, the body will burn 14% more fat than through exercise alone.

It’s easy to obtain Omega-3 fatty acids from diet if you consume the following foods on a daily basis:

-A handful of raw, unsalted walnuts

-A tablespoon of freshly-ground flaxseeds two times daily or a tablespoon of flaxseed oil drizzled on food

-Fatty fish like wild salmon, flounder, catfish, sardines, mackerel, herring, kipper, or whitebait. Tuna also contains high amounts of Omega 3s but is frequently contaminated with high levels of mercury.

If you’re supplementing with Omega 3s, 2000 milligrams of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) is a typical daily dose.


Omega 3 fatty acids have many other health benefits too, including:

-Reducing the risk of heart disease

-Brain disease prevention

-Preventing diabetes


-Joint healing and arthritis-prevention


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3:48PM PST on Nov 6, 2014


Try them both and see the improvement its pretty amazing

10:40PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Hm, seems pretty significant - I'd like to see more studies.

10:31PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

I just am not going to be timing everything. I eat when I eat and get exercise when I can fit it in. That's the way it is in the modern world. Everything has to fit into my work hours. I'll take my omega 3 with a meal, preferably in the form of a nice fish, and only a pill when I'm not eating fish.

2:25AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

The type of Omega 3 is also important. DHA and EPA are usually only from fish although you can get vegetarian supplements made from algae. The brain needs this sort to function properly. The body can convert Omega 3 from nuts to these sort but is not very efficient at doing so, about 5% at most and males are less good than females at doing this. My dietician colleague says fish three times a week is needed for maximum benefit. I worry about fish stocks, so eat mackerel or other fish lower in the food chain and take vegetarian supplements which have high DHA and EPA content. It is also important to lower the amount of Omega 6 you take as this competes for cell receptors. Thus I also eat a lot of nuts and have gone back to butter and olive oil rather than margarine as these are neutral and don't have high Omega 6 content. I have been doing this for about a year together with taking vitamin D (2000iu) and low sugar and my arthritis symptoms have disappeared and I've had no migraines either. In fact I haven't seen a doctor since.

12:33AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:33AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

7:15AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

I supplement with three capsules of Omega 3 a day, always at breakfast. No problem with that. Ty for the article though.

5:27AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

I can't eat fish, but I do flax seeds and nuts every day

9:19PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Great information!!

4:00PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Good advice. I just heard recently that those fish oil pills really aren't good for you. Maybe stick to the fresh veggies.

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