A quick and easy way to speed up your metabolism is to take a high dose of omega 3 rich fish oil. The specific fatty acids we’re looking for are EPA and DHA, and your fish oil supplement will provide these in abundance.
I’d recommend a liquid fish oil supplement over the capsules. It’s easier to take for the higher doses you’re going to be using. I don’t recommend cod liver oil, as it’s lower in omega 3 than fish oil and can even lead to Vitamin A toxicity. So go with flavoured liquid fish oil.
A couple of the brands we recommend:
1. Eskimo 3 Liquid Fish Oil
2. Carlson The Very Finest Fish Oil
In a word; no. Having oily fish like salmon, mackerel, or sardine is one way to get some omega 3s in. Problem is with all the junk in the ocean these days oily fish is contaminated with mercury and nasty pesticide residues known as PCBs. While eating oily fish a couple of times a week is fine, taking a ‘clean’ fish oil supplement is the best way to do it.
For the first four weeks the dose is high, so I’d like you to go with the liquid version. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than necking 15+ capsules per day. Just save the capsules and if you want just go back to using them after the initial four weeks.
Start off by taking 1 gram of fish oil per percentage of body fat.
It’s ok if you don’t know you body fat %, I’m going to give you a quick reference to guide you based on your weight.
The upper limit for fish oil is 30g per day, so if you’re 30% body fat or above just stick with 30g (2 tbsp) per day.
After two weeks the fat loss process will be under way, and you’re body will have caught up on some much needed omega 3. So after the second week you need to cut your dose in half.
For example; If you were taking 20g (4tsp) per day after two weeks you’d go down to 10g (2tsp) for the duration of the programme. I’d suggest you mark it on your calendar so you remember to do it.
In this case go for an algae based supplement. It doesn’t have the same effect on your metabolism as fish oil, but is better than no omega
3 supplementation. So if you decide to go this route take 2g per day of algae oil for the first four weeks, and then reduce to 1g per day
from then on.
Omega 3 supplements go down best with a meal. So you just need to divide your dose in two, take half the dose with breakfast and the other half with dinner.
The most common side effect of omega 3 supplementation is fish/algae burp or loose stools. But most people never get these problems. If you do, just start off with a lower dose and build up. That way your body will adapt and get used to the higher intake of oil pretty quickly.
NOTE: Consult your GP of pharmacist if you’re taking any blood thinners such as warfarin, have a bleeding disorder like haemophilia or you’re about to undergo surgery.
Get some fish oil – go online or to the local health food store and buy an omega 3 liquid fish oil supplement. I’d recommend either: