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More Fish Fat, Less Human Fat?

I take high doses of cod liver oil as a source of vitamin D to control psoriasis symptoms (it’s been very effective). I’m also supposed to take fish oil, but for some reason, I’m not very good about that. About 3-4 weeks ago, I ran out of cod liver, and so did the only nearby store that carries my brand. So, in the interim, I’ve been taking high doses of fish oil (5g or more).

Over the past two weeks, I’ve noticed some unexpected weight loss. My habits are unchanged—still eat a few more calories than I should, still drink wine more often than I should, still don’t get as much exercise as I should. If anything, my calorie intake has been higher than usual (a few extra glasses of wine here, some uncharacteristic ice cream there, topped off by a couple of virtually unheard of non-diet sodas). My activity level has definitely not increased. In fact, I was so sick two weeks ago that I literally spent five straight days on the sofa (still trying to get caught up!).

Yet here I am in jeans that are a little less snug and T-shirts that aren’t emphasizing as much belly pooch. I don’t have a scale, so I can’t say how much I’ve dropped, but it’s not a whole lot. Enough that my clothes fit better, but not a size smaller (damn). I was a bit concerned, so I spent several days analyzing my routine to see if it could be called “unexplained weight loss”. The fish oil regimen is the only difference, which didn’t seem like a logical cause of weight loss. So, I googled “fish oil weight loss” and was VERY surprised to find at least some anecdotal evidence that it might be the source of my slightly slimmer physique.

Now, I happen to read a lot of articles on science, nutrition, health, etc. (pet subjects), so I can’t figure out how this one missed my radar. But I’m very curious to hear what my fellow SEers know about it, and wondering if anybody has had similar experiences.

Enlighten me.

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