Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fish Oil Experiment Results

During the month of September, I started taking 6g  fish oil per day.  I took 2 pills (2g) at each meal.  I didn't change much else - I noticed that my weight was creeping up, so I did cut out some treats.  September was a hard month with my health - and I missed most of my workouts in the 1st and 2nd weeks of the month.  My motivation for trying the fish oil was to see if I could cut some body fat.  I'm slightly less concerned about the number on the scale at this point.  I guess I will play the "genetics" card when it comes to that.  Sounds like BS, probably is.

I should probably note that I eat about 1700 calories per day, eat lots of whole grains, low fat dairy and fruit and veg - and drink plenty of water.  I was pretty pleased with my results - especially given that I had less than perfect adherence to my workout schedule.  I actually missed my "A" race of the Triathlon season due to illness.  Okay on to my findings:

Weight: -3 pounds
Hip Measurement: -1 inch
Waist Measurement: -.5 inch
Body Fat %: +.5%
Muscle Comp %: +.5%

I'm not entirely sure the body fat detection on my scale is accurate.  I get a wildly different reading if I step on it several times in a row.  For these purposes, I averaged several.  The weight reading is fairly consistent, so we will go with that one.  And...the tape measure never, never lies.  I have been trying to make those numbers change for over a year.  I'm really excited to see the scale move, and to shed an inch from my hips and 1/2 inch from my waist..!?!  Pretty exciting, indeed.

Another side benefit of the fish oil is the possibility that I will be able to wear contact lenses again.  It seems that my Optometrist never told me of the widespread recommendation of fish oil for chronic dry eye.  I tried drops and different lenses and even was recommended a prescription to take (to which I just conceded to be be-spectacled).  Nothing worked.  Now, after a month of taking a high dosage of fish oil, I wore my contact lenses for a few hours with no problems.  Definitely not the last word on the subject, but there is hope.

I will continue to take fish oil and hope to see the positive trend continue.  I have some work to do these next three months if I want to make my 2013 mileage goals.  I'm way ahead on cycling, slightly ahead on running and about 10% behind on swimming.  Anybody want to hit the pool?

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