Five (honest, just five) simple steps to decreased weight and increased fertility
Posted on December 12, 2010
There is a significant correlation between infertility and obesity.
A study led by Dr. Van der Steeg, a medical researcher at the Academic Medical Center in The Netherlands, shows that even women who regularly ovulate experience sub-fertility when their BMI (body mass index) is in the overweight or obese category.
It has also been proven that yo-yo dieting or extreme dieting resulting in not enough eating can also affect your reproductive potential.
Losing weight can be a fine balance and the only way to break the yo-yo dieting cycle and achieve this balance is to understand what your body is really craving.
You are probably thinking how the heck do I do that?
I totally get it. Sometimes it feels impossible to lose weight, I have been there myself, but the biggest mistake that most women make in trying to achieve their weight loss goals is thinking they have to follow a regulated diet plan or restrict themselves as a way to shed those unwanted lbs.
Don't worry I am going to give you the REAL SOLUTION here. If you follow these 5 steps, you will most definitely be on the path to losing weight in a healthy way, and increasing your chances to get pregnant in the process.
Add in more dark leafy greens: greens are packed full of vitamins and minerals, especially the vitamin folic acid, which is essential for reproductive health. Having 2 - 3 servings daily is ideal and will significantly boost your energy levels. How many servings are you having daily? The other fantastic thing about greens is the fiber. The fiber helps the body feel full and satisfied, resulting in naturally cutting out the junk foods without willpower, and a shrinking waistline.
Eat 3 meals a day: In order to burn fat, you want to snack less, and have 3 fulfilling meals a day. When we continuously eat throughout the day we only burn the last thing we ate, therefore our bodies never get a chance to burn the fat. Burning the fat is essential not only to lose weight but because it keeps our blood sugar levels even hence keeping our hormones in check as well. One trick in being able to not snack throughout the day is to have a large satisfying lunch.
Incorporate whole grains: Cutting out the simple carbohydrates such as white rice and white flour are imperative to your weight loss goals, however cutting carbs out completely is a bad idea. You want to incorporate the good grains, the whole ones, like brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.
The right kind of sleep: Sleep is so crucial to our body feeling rejuvenated and energetic, not to mention it sets the stage for what we crave during the day. If you haven't had sleep you will go for caffeine or sugar, but if you are getting a full night's rest in your cravings will totally change.
Have fun with exercise: The body requires movement. It needs it to keep the blood flowing to all parts of the body, hence improving circulation. Having ideal circulation especially for reproductive health is so important. So, have fun with exercise, you don't have to go to the gym if you don't like it. Take a dance class, yoga, pilates, or jump rope.
Follow the above steps to increase the chance of successfully conceiving.
Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, and a board certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She is a graduate of the advanced training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She studied with nutrition and health experts (Dr. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra) spanning traditional approaches from the east to cutting edge methodologies from the west. Kavita has also been trained in Neuro linguistic programming. She combines the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts to provide her clients with result based actionable approach to having body confidence, leading to natural sustainable weight loss.