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I think the fish oil is more as a nutritional supplement than anything to do with weight loss (hadn't heard that before). The fish we buy anymore in the stores I think have been altered, such as farmed and not from the their natural states so much that we lack in the Omega 3's that we get from the fish oil.
Seems like our foods are so "fixed up" for us these days, not much is "natural" anymore. And certainly not the run of the mill grocery store stuff.......
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I'm pretty sure the whole fish oil/weight loss thing has been pretty thoroughly debunked. Many of the paleo pop stars have stopped recommending it. I believe Robb Wolf took down his fish oil dosage calculator.
Some paleo (and WAPF) folks still recommend fermented cod liver oil, and others do recommend still recommend moderate dosages of fish oil, but that is for it's health benefits--not anything particular to weight loss.
Fish oils is a rich and bioavailable source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Most people who are trying to lose weight by restricting calories cut back on eggs and fish with fatty acids (salmon, sardines and cod) so a supplement will help them achieve the health benefits. It's important to note that only eggs from chickens that eat insects and greens are shown to contain Omega-3s. When chickens are fed grain or corn their eggs don't produce the essential fatty acids.
I think fish and eggs are a great source of protein and I don't mind using my calories on them.
Read more about the health benefits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty
Maybe this has already been covered - and if it has I apologize - but I was hoping someone could explain to me the importance/reasoning of taking fish oil when trying for weight loss on Paleo?
I've heard a lot of people talking about it especially when trying to lose weight but I don't understand the connection.