Many people supplement their diet with Omega-3 fatty acids from cold water fish. Whether or not you like seafood or supplement with Omega-3s, a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition should be of interest to any active adult chasing a physical performance or physique goals.
Thirty male athletes in their mid-20s who trained an average of 17 hours a week supplemented their diet with 5 ml of seal oil containing 375 mg of EPA and 510 mg of DHA, or an olive oil placebo, for 21 days. Before and after this period, subjects were assessed with a time trial race and maximum voluntary contractions. Omega-3 supplementation increased maximal isometric contractions while decreasing the reduction of powder during Wingate test performance.
True Strength Moment: Many dieters make the mistake of avoiding all fats when trying to lose weight. Because your body uses dietary fat for numerous metabolic functions, cutting this macronutrient completely out of your diet probably isn’t a realistic long-term solution. Instead trade saturated fats for unsaturated fats like Omega-3s.