As a keen and developing long-distance runner, one of the things I have been experimenting with for the last two months or so has been supplementing my diet with omega-3 fish oil capsules. If you believe the hype, these tablets are a veritable gift from God (or maybe that should be ‘gift from Cod’), boasting a whole array of health benefits. My own reasons for having a go with them were to see how they affect inflammation – in other words, whether fish oil can reduce muscle soreness after long runs – and also to see whether I could achieve extra body fat reduction, as discussed by Matt Fitzgerald in his excellent book ‘Racing Weight’.
Every time someone asks me to help them with their fitness goals I have to start at the same point, making them understand how this works, and grounding them just a little. In my experience, people generally have two “fantasies” in their minds. They think they can make a radical change in 3 months and they think they can gain weight and lose fat at the same time.
But it’s not all that black or white; you can get results in 3 months, but you are not going to go from 50 pounds overweight to a fitness supermodel in that time. You can also try gaining weight and losing fat at the same time, but it’s not the best thing to do and you may not reach your goal!