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  • Fish oil for weight loss?

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    Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:05 am Email this article
    fish oil reduces body fat and stimulates fat oxidation according to one study.

    Five men and one woman with an average age of 23 years and a body mass index (BMI) of 22 ate a non-calorie-restricted diet for three weeks containing 52 percent carbohydrates, 16 percent protein, and 32 percent fat.

    Three months later subjects were fed the same diet for another three weeks, however 6 grams of dietary fat was replaced with 6 grams of fish oil. This is the amount of oil found in 4-7 ounces of fish depending on the species.

    Fish oil reduced body fat (-1.9 pounds versus -0.7 pounds, respectively) and increased basal fat oxidation twenty percent (1.06 versus 0.87 mg/kg/min), however total calories burned was unchanged.

    Fish oil also increased fat-free mass (+0.4 pounds versus -0.5 pounds, respectively), however, the difference was not significant.

    Fish oil increased blood sugar (5.0 versus 4.7 mmol/liter), and decreased insulin levels (5.3 versus 10.5 uU/ml).

    The fish oil was given as eight capsules of 750 mg each (two capsules at breakfast, three at lunch, and three at dinner).


    Couet C, Delarue J, Ritz P, Antoine JM, Lamisse F. Effect of dietary fish oil on body fat mass and basal fat oxidation in healthy adults. International Journal of Obesity, 1997 Sep, 21(9):637-43.

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