With the spring season here and warm weather approaching, more and more of us are trying to get serious about our diet and exercise plans. And since we at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. love everything that has to do with seafood, we decided to do some digging into the idea of a seafood diet for weight loss.
According to Health.gov, individuals should consume 8 ounces of seafood each week, as fish provides plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. A great source of protein, seafood is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and the improved health of infants whose mothers ate the recommended amount during pregnancy.
Weight Loss Studies
Over the years, a few different studies have been performed to see how eating fish will affect weight loss. Two of the most interesting studies compared weight loss in individuals whose diets include fish in comparison to individuals with similar diet plans that lacked fish.
The first study was published in “International Journal of Obesity” and documented a 2.2 pound difference in weight loss for individuals who ate three 5.3 ounce servings of lean or fatty fish per week in comparison to those who did not. The second study, published in “Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Disease” highlighted the extra 3.8 pound weight loss in individuals who ate five 5.3 pound servings of cod per week compared to those who maintained a similar diet without any fish.
Seafood vs. Meat
Beneficial to eat when trying to lose weight, fish is a great source of protein that is low in both fat and calories. A better option than beef or poultry, a 3 ounce serving of fish has less than 200 calories and is easier to digest than other types of meat since it contains a much lower content of connective tissue.
One Week Seafood Diet
If you are interested in trying to lose weight with a seafood diet, Livestrong has outlined a strategy that incorporates fish and shellfish into your daily food intake each day for a week. You don’t need to eat seafood with every single meal, but you should try to eat two or more servings a day.
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If you are interested in trying a seafood diet, Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has a wide array of fresh caught Maine seafood for you to include in your meals. From wild caught salmon to haddock, swordfish, clams and sea scallops we have plenty of different options for you to try during your weight loss journey.
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