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Does Eating Salmon Help In Losing Weight?

Weight loss is one of those many things that people struggle with in any society. In most countries, it is one of the leading causes of chronic diseases and even death. But did you know losing weight is a hands-on approach that is easier said than done?
You need absolute commitment and enthusiasm to achieve that ideal weight. There are many ways of losing weight, but the most sustainable one is eating the right foods and exercising. You can forget the magic pills and surgery.

Salmon, naturally, is a very nutritious fish; it is a fatty with a pink flesh when mature. Unarguably, most fish are full of proteins, and as we know, they come in handy due to their irreplaceable benefits.
Weight loss with Salmon
The good thing about them is that they seldom lose their nutrient value even on long storage. Click here to learn how you can freeze smoked salmon and lengthen its shelf life when you purchase it in bulk.

Today, we are going to discuss salmon and the role it plays in weight loss. Salmon fish is not only known for being full of omega-3, but it also has lots of vitamins as well as minerals. It is such a dense nutrient source. 

Few calories and full of nutrients


When losing weight, you have to consider a number of calories you consume. The fewer you consume the easier it will be for you to lose weight. For example, if you eat 1000 fewer calories than your body requires, you are likely to lose two pounds in only a week!

For a safe weight loss method, there are some things you need to consider. The most important one is giving your body the right nutrients.

Did you know that a 4-oz Coho (silver) salmon has 181 calories only? Additionally, it is rich in protein which makes it an excellent diet for weight loss. 

62 grams of pink salmon contains 3.3 grams of fat. Almost half of the fats come from poly and monounsaturated fats which are super healthy and helps in lowering cholesterol. Pink and Coho salmon are sources of Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, niacin, protein, and selenium.

85 grams of silver salmon provides the body with the amount of vitamin D that a human being requires. Salmon stands out due to its ability to provide Vitamin D which is not found naturally in most foods. The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are an aid in weight loss.

175grams of Coho salmon has 240 calories and 7.4 grams of fat.

175grams of Sockeye salmon 266 calories and 11.4 grams of fat.

Source of lean protein

Weight loss with Salmon
Proteins play a huge role in weight loss. Foods that have proteins are digested slowly thus making you feel full for long. This curbs binge eating caused by hunger pangs.

Proteins help in building and repairing muscles thus keeping your metabolism hyperactive. A study done by the University of Washington showed that people who eat a diet consisting of 30% protein end up eating fewer calories.

About 255 grams of silver salmon provides 60g of protein which provides your body with the amount of protein it needs. In weight loss, it's the calorie deficit that counts.

With proteins making you full for long and acting as an appetite suppressant, salmon is definitely one of the sources of proteins you can to rely on.

When it comes to weight loss, everything has to be done in moderation. A combination of vegetables, complex carbohydrates and fruits will help you in achieving your goal weight. Salmon will obviously not make you lose weight magically unless you do it the right way.

The way you prepare your salmon counts as well. If you deep fry, calories spiral upwards due to the unhealthy fats. The best way to prep your fish is by baking or boiling in your favorite spices.

Fish oils


Salmon has very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Higher omega-3 fatty acids help in fighting belly fat by decreasing the cell size of the fat. The addition of fish oil to a diet that is nutritionally balanced boosts weight loss in the long run by improving the metabolism and the body's potential of burning fat.

Omega-3 helps in suppressing appetite thus helping in consumption of fewer calories. 85grams of silver salmon has one gram of omega-3 fatty acids. Dietary management with omega-3 aids in lowering BMI and belly fat.

While consuming salmon, you are guaranteed of the significant factor in weight loss which is fat loss. The oils found in salmon not only aid in fat loss but also help fight depression, reduce inflammation and makes you more alert and sharp. Together with exercises and good nutrition, omega -3 found in Salmon will speed up weight loss.

Whole body wellness

Weight loss with Salmon
Being healthy goes hand in hand with weight loss. Salmon has loads and loads of advantages that lead to overall body wellness. Omega-3 strengthens your bones and joints keeping osteoporosis at bay.

Salmon is an omega-3 rich food which aids in inflammation thus making your bones stronger. With strong bones, you are capable of exercising comfortably, and we all know the effect exercise has in weight loss.

Vitamin D and selenium protects the nervous system from depression and diseases caused by old age. Depression in some people leads to bad eating habits. Most obese people have a history of depression.

Unlike other types of fish, salmon is low in mercury thus can be eaten freely. However, farmed salmon has a higher chance of being contaminated by pollutants such as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) which can be very harmful to young kids.

Wild caught salmon are less likely to get contaminated thus making them safer to eat. They are also more nutritious and sweet.

Salmon can be baked, roasted, pan fried or even grilled. Just like most fish, you can smoke it for later use or as aforementioned freeze it to lengthen its shelf life. Salmon has no magical fat burning properties and eating it will not affect your weight unless you eat it in the right proportions and cook it right.

If you replace those unhealthy empty carbs, fatty meats and junk foods with salmon, you will definitely achieve that dream body you've always wanted.

Salmon deserves a place on your weight loss menu. Combine salmon with a low caloric diet and thank me later.

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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 6th June 2017.
Lita Watson
Lita is the voice of Quick Easy Cook and she's absolutely in love with cooking blogs.
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