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  • The Fat Burning Potential of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, July 7, 2009in Diets & Foods  

    fishimagesIt may seem odd that some of the best fat burning foods are high in fat themselves. It has long been known that a diet supplying an adequate amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, offers numerous health benefits including weight loss and maintenance. Omega 3 fatty acids aid in regulating blood sugar levels which helps stave off hunger and they may also help to increase our metabolic rate, allowing us to burn more calories regardless of our fat burning workout.

    Omega 3 fats come in 3 varieties, all of which are polyunsaturated. Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid found in vegetables and nuts. Docosahexaenoic and Eicosapentaenoic acids are the types found in fish oils and certain marine mammals.

    foimagesNew health benefits of fish oil are being discovered continually, adding to the importance of including them in our diet. Research has shown that fish oils may reduce dangerously high triglyceride levels and hinder the formation of blood clots which can cause heart attack and stroke. They also may help prevent heart rhythm abnormalities. Along with keeping our tickers ticking properly, Omega 3′s keep our immune system running smoothly which has been linked to a decreased risk of certain types of cancers. They are a natural anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve some symptoms of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. These heart healthy fats also appear to have a positive influence on asthma, lupus, kidney disease and depression.

    So how much is enough? The American Dietetic Association suggest 2 to 3 seafood meals per week in combination with an otherwise low fat diet. The best sources of Omega 3′s come from cold water and deep sea fin and shellfish such as salmon, tuna, clams, oysters, mackerel, mussels and crab.

    If you are a seafood lover like me there are many delicious, healthy fish recipes out there to experiment with. If you simply don’t fancy fish, don’t worry, you can enjoy the same health and weight loss benefits by supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules.

    Try this yummy summer salad for a heart healthy lunch or dinner, or bring it along to your next potluck BBQ! Serve this salad as is, on a bed of tossed greens or tucked in a whole wheat pita.

    Dilly Cucumber Tuna Salad


    1 – 6 ounce can water packed White Tuna, drained

    1/2 Cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced

    2 small Green Onions

    2 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh Dill

    2 Tbsp nonfat Yogurt

    2 Tbsp low fat Mayo

    2 1/2 Tsp Dijon mustard

    Pinch of Salt

    Ground Pepper to taste


    Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill for at least 4 hours.

    In summary – there are more things you can do to lose weight besides fat burning exercises. Namely – supplement your diet with Omega 3!

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    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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