Mackerel is an oily fish that is consumed all over the world, and interest in mackerel increased when it was found that Eskimos (who eat high amounts of oily fish) were suffering from fewer heart attacks than the rest of the world.
However, when it comes to weight loss, some weight loss programmes advise being careful when choosing mackerel due to its "high" calorie content.
But for both weight loss and healthy eating purposes, it receives a 5-Star rating from CW Nutrition and here is why.
1. Mackerel is High in Heart Boosting Omega 3 Fats.
Omega 3's are essential for vital functions in the body. However, recent research shows that the majority of the population is actually deficient in Omega 3. By including one portion of mackerel into your diet, you are provided with all of the Omega 3 that you require in a day.
One of the main benefits of consuming more Omega 3 is its ability to decrease the risk of heart attack and strokes.
When more Omega 3 is included in the diet, levels of triglycerides (fat in the blood) blood pressure and inflammation while increasing the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol.
From a weight loss perspective, increasing the amount of fat in the diet especially, fats such as Omega 3's can increase the body's ability to burn fat.
2. Mackerel Is A Good Source of Vitamin D
During the summer months (from April onwards) we can actually synthesise all of the Vitamin D that we require ourselves, through sunlight, by going outside for a small portion of the day. However, during the winter months, especially living in the UK, we are not graced with the presence of the sun that often. Hence explaining why, during the winter months, the majority of the UK population is deficient in Vitamin D.
Being deficient in Vitamin D can result in a weakness in bones and a general feeling of tiredness. By including a portion of mackerel into your diet, you are provided with all of the vitamin D that you require for a day, helping you combat that deficiency and keep you going throughout the winter months.
3. Mackerel Is A High-Quality Source of Protein
When it comes to protein, it isn't just about getting as much protein in you as possible. Being aware of the quality of protein that you are taking in can have a big influence on the effect food has on your body composition.
For example, 20g of protein from a lean steak will not contain the same quality of protein as 20g of protein from crisps. Despite containing the same amount of protein, the two sources will have different outcomes on the body.
In the diet, the main function of protein is to contribute to growth and repair of muscles. So for someone who wants to retain muscle tissue and reduce body fat, eating good amounts of high-quality protein is essential.
An average serving of mackerel contains in excess of 30g of protein, but more importantly, contains approximately 2g of the amino acid leucine. Leucine is the main amino acid that stimulates muscle growth. In order to get the maximal muscle growth response, you need to consume at least 2g of leucine per serving.
Therefore, eating mackerel, this high-quality source of protein, can help to preserve lean muscle and burn body fat.
Also, foods high in protein keep you fuller for a long period of time than foods high in carbohydrates. So as an effective weight loss strategy, to avoid feeling hungry all day long and begin to feel satisfied with your foods, eating mackerel can definitely put you on the path to weight loss success.
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