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Kettlebells or Lack of Fish Oil - Which One's Making Me Fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2011 at 4:54 PM

OK...I know it's not as simple as this, but does anyone have any insight on how either of these two variables might be playing a role in what feels like a recent fat gain around the mid-section. They are the only two things I can identify that have changed since I started feeling bloated. Diet's the same, sleep's the same, all other activity the same, stress is low.

I've gained fat around my belly over the past 2 months and...

  1. Fish oil - I have an inflammatory disease and was taking anywhere between 6 and 10 grams depending on inflammatory state. I stopped all fish oil about 2 months ago.
  2. Kettlebells - I started a kettlebell routine for the first time about two months ago. Three sets each of swings, cleans, clean/shoulder press, and get-ups on a 32kg bell.

Any theories?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 28, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Hmmm.. and nothing else about your diet has changed except for taking out the fish oil - right? Meal timing, meal quantity, seasoning?

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:27 AM

Yeah. I was wondering about cortisol. Maybe too much with the KBs - I feel pretty wiped by the end of a KB workout day.

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on September 28, 2011
at 09:49 AM

Ha! Build has definitely changed - all other measurements going up in a good way. Just the waist circumference is troubling.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 27, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Has anything else about your diet changed? More sodium, did you add anything back into your meals that you've been abstaining from? Umm 'cause as far as I know.. unless you accidentally ate a KB they won't make you fat. Has your build changed at all that you've noticed when you look in the mirror? Trying to narrow things down..

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on September 27, 2011
at 09:29 PM

I don't believe the recent questioning if Omega 3 supplementation was aimed at people with an inflammatory disease.

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Well you have your answer then, eh? Apparently it was keeping you at that level of leanness. I agree with others, add it back in to double check that's the real cause.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:45 PM

How often are you working out? How intense are the workouts?

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Great question. I started wondering if it was beneficial based on recent info from Wolf, Masterjohn, and Harris. Thought I'd take it out and see how it went.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:25 PM

Definitely feel more bloated than fat. My first thought was that my core was strengthening and...well...getting bigger. That just didn't seem to make any sense.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:24 PM

All seem good. They're the only things I can think of that have changed in a long time.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Are you sure you're gaining fat or are you just bloated? I've started using a similar KB routine with no issues and I recently went off fish oil a few weeks ago ... no noticeable change in belly fat

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Why'd you give up the fish oil?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Well you have your answer then, eh? Apparently it was keeping you at that level of leanness. I agree with others, add it back in to double check that's the real cause.

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(3259)

on September 27, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Great question. I started wondering if it was beneficial based on recent info from Wolf, Masterjohn, and Harris. Thought I'd take it out and see how it went.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I don't know that it's either of those things. Why are your options limited? How's your sleep? Stress? Diet? Recovery time?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:45 PM

How often are you working out? How intense are the workouts?

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:24 PM

All seem good. They're the only things I can think of that have changed in a long time.

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Is it jiggly or solid? My hubby and I have been joking about developing upper belly "outy abs" that seems to be related to picking up and putting down a wiggly 35 lb. bundle of energy a million times per day. So maybe a kettle-ball could do a similar thing. We've been trying to figure out what what we're doing form-wise that could cause this, and I do find myself pushing my belly outward when I lift sometimes. What is your belly doing when you lift that kettle-ball?

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Using kettlebells will cause your body to gain fat. If anything you body will gain some muscle mass. Cortisol issues perhaps. Not sure if you are over training, maybe not getting enough sleep.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I'm not sure if I can make a connection between your problem and kettlebell training, but it seems easy and logical to add the fish oil back into your diet to see if this is the answer. If fish oil is truly the answer, I would suspect that your diet minus the fish oil needs to be reexamined (perhaps you're taking in too many omega'6 fats and your omega-3/omega-6 ratio is skewed too far in the wrong direction without supplementation). If supplementing with fish oil does not solve the problem and all variables (diet, sleep, activity, stress etc.) have truly remained the same, I would be concerned that there might be an underlying issue here. Purely speculation, but those are my initial thoughts.

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on September 27, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Once you stopped the fish oil, did you make sure to get enough omega 3 via diet? Also, the omega ratio is as important as the overall amount, so it could be that your fish oil megadose was balancing out your omega 6 intake and putting you within the right range of ratios.

What does your diet look like? Also, how's your sleep/stress? This sounds like it might be a cortisol issue.

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:27 AM

Yeah. I was wondering about cortisol. Maybe too much with the KBs - I feel pretty wiped by the end of a KB workout day.

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