Well today’s post is a little different in the sense that I’ve not written it for a change. It’s not because I decided to take a “day off” from writing or that I’m being “lazy” but the article I read on Omega 3 was so good that I didn’t have to change a damn word! It’s been written by fitness trainer and expert (and my new friend 🙂 )George Anderson and his colleague Ryan for those that take part in their bootcamp challenge online. We’ve often been told how good Omega 3 is but why it’s so good has been explained below. And believe you me, it will make you want to run out and fetch some of the stuff once you’ve finished reading it! Now let me take a back seat and George take it away……
Over to George Anderson………
Today I want to share with you another advanced nutrition tip, regarding Omega 3 fatty acids. The information I’m about to share here will enable you to turbo-charge your fat loss and take it to the next level.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that your body needs to sustain health. It cannot be manufactured by your body thus you need to get it from your diet.
You only need to look at the many products on the supermarket shelves which are now fortified with Omega 3 to realise how important this essential fat is and how our modern day diets lack this nutrient. e.g. eggs, bread, yoghurt, cereals, milk, even fish fingers! (By the way, the only thing from this list of foods that I would recommend you eat is the Omega 3 eggs. The hens are fed on an Omega 3 rich diet which leads to naturally higher Omega 3 concentrations in the eggs. All the other foods are fortified with Omega 3 from unknown sources!)
The important bit for fat loss:
Omega 3 helps to shut down your fat storing pathways and open up your fat burning pathways so helping you lose fat quickly and more efficiently. It also speeds up your metabolism.
A diet rich in Omega 3 provides many other health benefits such as reducing inflammation in your body, protecting your heart and circulatory system, improving brain function and reducing your risk of chronic diseases and cancer.
I came across this video clip which I thought nicely sums up the importance of Omega 3 in our diet (it’s only about 2mins long):
Increase your daily Omega 3 intake by eating more fresh oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), organic free range eggs and walnuts which are foods naturally high in Omega 3. Try to avoid eating processed foods which have been fortified with Omega 3 such as fish fingers, diary and breakfast cereals. However, if you want to benefit from the full fat burning potential of Omega 3, increasing the amount of Omega 3 rich foods isn’t enough just on its own (unless you eat 7 eggs a day and a big bag of walnuts; then you’re asking for weight gain! :), you might want to consider taking a pure omega 3 fish oil supplement as well.
Aim to eat 2-3 portion of fresh oily fish per week and no more (canned tuna doesn’t count to your Omega 3 intake!) as eating more than this can cause mercury and toxic build up in your body which would then out way the benefits of eating the fish in the first place!
So to up the short fall of Omega 3 in your diet you may want to consider choosing a very high quality Omega 3 supplement made from fish harvested from the deep cold waters of the Atlantic. Please avoid cheap brands as they may contain higher levels of mercury and PCB’s that are harmful to your health.
As a general rule, aim for at least 2g of Omega 3 per day preferably 3g.
Back to Fitlass…….
Top stuff huh? I thought you’d like it and now it makes so much more sense why Omega 3 is good for us. If you want to leant more about George and Ryan’s bootcamp challenge log on to www.90daybootcampchallenge.com
And I will be back with my next post armed with more tips on how to be fit and healthy and still have a life!