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Fish oil supplement may not help you lose weight, according to a recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Many laboratory trials performed on animals illustrate the effectiveness of fish oil supplements in decreasing the body weight.  However, limited results are seen in clinical trials performed on human subjects.

In the said study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 128 obese, sedentary subjects were enrolled.  They were then divided into two groups.  One group was asked to take fish oil supplements that can provide them with up to three grams of Omega 3 fatty acids and the other group was given the 5 placebo capsules every day for twenty-four weeks. They were then instructed to undergo rigid diet and exercise programs consisting of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week and twenty to thirty minutes of strength exercises twice a week.

At the end of the study, the resultant weight loss of each subject was computed and their total average weight loss was calculated.  The results? It has been shown that those who received the omega 3 supplements had an average weight loss that is almost the same with the placebo group. However, there are some beneficial outcomes in using the fish oil supplements in obese patients. According to this study, the Omega 3 fatty acids are found to have some protective effects to the cardiovascular system of those who take these supplements regularly.

The verdict?  Although fish oil supplements may not result in weight loss in obese subjects, taking these can be beneficial in having a better protection against cardiovascular diseases.  In other words, if you are an obese patient, fish oil supplements cannot help you in losing weight. But it can be a good protection against the cardiovascular problems that come with weight gain.

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