Fish Oil Fallacies – Fat or Flaky?

I’m a bit of a doubting Thomasina.  I don’t automatically believe what I’m told to believe.  I like to see the evidence.  I need to weigh the possibilities.  I read and do research, especially on the hugely important issues in my life–such as, why the hell am I getting fatter now when I’m back to exercising and trying to cut back on the snackies?

It just doesn’t make sense.  I know I got careless last year when the girls came to live with us and whittled me down 10 pounds through sheer exhaustion.  I squandered that wonderful jump-start to a svelte new me by indulging in ice cream and other late night goodies as a reward for my mothering efforts.  The weight slowly crept back as we settled into a more normal slacker mom routine, but I was avoiding THE number (the number on the scale where I start to panic) by running here and there and kind of trying to eat healthy.

Unfortunately, while the body got soft and pudgy, the brain was losing serious muscle tone too.  I’d say something and Big Daddy and J would exchange glances.  Incredulous and sometimes worried glances.   I’d spend countless minutes each day trying to locate something that I’d just had in my hand moments before.    I’d forget why I walked into a room.  It was the same old spacy me — only magnified to the hundredth power.  And so Big Daddy gently advised me to start taking the fish oil capsules he purchased, the ones that cost a fortune and he quit taking because they gave him fish burps.  They’re supposed to keep you young and sharp, lubricating not only tired old joints but creaky old neurons in the brain.  I remembered that I used to take them.  I couldn’t remember why I’d stopped. 

Now that I’m semi-lucid again thanks to that daily infusion of miraculous omega-3 fatty acid, I remember why I quit taking them before.  I started gaining weight.  When I should be losing–or at least maintaining.  Just like now.

Normally, I would never ever suspect that a tiny capsule of fatty fish oil would make me fat.  But the facts say “check it out!”  A google search showed that others have inquired about whether taking fish oil might make them fat.  And each inquiry was answered using the reassuring spiel that not only does it not make you fat, studies have shown that it may help you lose weight.  Seriously, are these the same studies that tried to shove man-made global warming down our throats?

And I’m wondering why these other people posed this question.  Were they just curious?  Or were they exercising and dieting like crazy and still getting fatter like me?

So at least until Oldest Son’s wedding next month, I’m going to play it safe and lay off the fatty little capsules.  You may need to patiently direct me to the groom’s side, or help me find my misplaced keys, but at least I won’t be busting the seams on the cute little dress I’m planning to wear.

 

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10 Responses to “Fish Oil Fallacies – Fat or Flaky?”


  1. 1 Cyndi August 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Interesting. My former personal trainer (3 months with her = lost only 9 pounds + 100’s of $$) just posted this article on her site yesterday: http://www.healthiertalk.com/green-tea-and-fish-oil-promote-health-and-assist-weight-loss-4399.

    I have never taken it but was considering it. Thanks for doing the research for me! 🙂

    • 2 les@mamaneeds2rant August 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Well, this is just my own personal experience. Middle Son J was pleading for me not to print this post because I’d sound like a moron, because, of course, essential omega-3 fatty acids do NOT make you fat–and in fact promote weight loss. Or so they say. Doesn’t seem to work that way for me and I’m not afraid to look like a moron! ; )

  2. 3 robinaltman August 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    This is totally disturbing. I don’t care about these freaking studies. I’m going with you, here. I’m chucking my omega 3’s out the window.

    Congratulations on your son’s wedding!!! How cool is that?!!

    • 4 les@mamaneeds2rant August 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Agreed. Personal experience trumps “studies” any day. They just want to sell stuff!

      The wedding should be super cool. In beautiful rural California, and we will actually hang around for a while to enjoy the sights! Hopefully I’ll have some pictures to post!

  3. 5 John in Haiti December 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I am missing your rants. Too busy with the girls?

    • 6 les@mamaneeds2rant December 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Actually I just reactivated this blog…because Ive been dealing with lots of idiots lately. Life is good…but idiots are everywhere. I think I’m getting closer to exposing some of the idiocy I have to deal with.

  4. 7 Instant Mama February 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I take hemp seed oil daily, flax seed oil is another option. The hemp is the perfect combination/ratio of omega 3/6/9 for the human body. The good thing is that since it is from a plant source it is in usable form and easier for the body to assimilate. Nuts are also brain food. Walnuts especially (raw) are good for this. Good luck!

  5. 9 Michel June 18, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I totally agree with you! I have taken flax seed oils several times and each time i take them I get fatter in just few days, while the pharmacists and researches claim the opposite.

    • 10 les@mamaneeds2rant June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

      I know. People laugh when I tell them this happens, and it doesn’t even make sense to me–but it really does happen. There was no other explanation for my weight retention.


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