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For Those Already Exercising, Omega-3 Fatty Acids Don’t Increase Weight Loss

December 15, 2010: 10:08 AM EST

According to a recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming omega-3 fatty acids doesn’t enhance weight loss for people already exercising regularly and dieting. Using an initial sample of 128 overweight individuals, but with a 27 percent withdrawal rate from the 24-week program, the research team at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX, found that those taking omega-3 fatty acids showed no significant difference in weight loss from those given a placebo. However, the researchers did conclude that individuals could realize other health benefits by adding regular doses of omega-3 acids to their diets.

Laura F DeFina, Lucille G Marcoux, Susan M Devers, Joseph P Cleaver, and Benjamin L Willis, "Effects of omega-3 supplementation in combination with diet and exercise on weight loss and body composition", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 15, 2010, © American Society for Nutrition
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