Sometimes I’m asked whether or not fish oil burns up fat or calories? We here so much in the health media about the benefits of fish oil in our diet. In fact fish oil itself is a fat — but a very beneficial fat to ingest (in small quantities that is). Fish oil is rich in Omega 3′s and studies have shown them to reduce our risk of heart disease and even helps lower cholesterol levels.
Any quick online search shows numerous studies on whether fish oil has any calorie burning effects on the metabolism and the answers are varied. Primarily though it appears as those fish oil in the diet (when combined with exercise) can help the fat loss struggle. Some studies suggest that fish oil increases the leptin sensitivity (a hormone involved in our metabolism).
Researchers in Australia have shown that this increased hormonal sensitivity might facilitate the efficiency of the fat burning process. Beyond that, however, keep in mind that societies that eat a lot of fish have massively less incidences of heart attack and stroke.
Fish oil supplements are wonderful when you can’t get the fish in your diet all the time, but when you can — a nice piece of broiled salmon is just wonderful.