You know that old saying, “you are what you eat”? It’s totally true, especially for salmon. “Wild salmon dine on a crustacean called krill, which are loaded with an anti-inflammatory antioxidant called astaxanthin,” says Heimowitz. You eat what it eats! Salmon is an amazing source of protein that helps your body burn fat rather than store it. Plus it further reduces inflammation thanks to ample amounts of omega-3s.
Salmon definitely deserves a place on your weight-loss menu. It won’t help you lose weight unless it’s just one part of a reduced-calorie diet supported by regular exercise, but salmon does have some qualities that can help you lose extra pounds. Its nutrient-dense calories are easy to work into your daily goals, and it’s packed with protein. As an extra benefit, salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids may help increase weight loss.