It's generally a topic we don't think about until it matters to us... Fertility.
I personally never even considered the thought that I myself would have fertility issues and would need assistance in the form of medications and operations until the time came for me to start my own family.
Over the years, I have helped thousands of slimmers and one of the reasons a lot of slimmers come and see me is because they want to start a family with their partners but are struggling to conceive.
Whilst there are many conditions that can hinder our fertility, we CAN do something to improve it.
In the UK, the NHS can fund fertility treatment but it comes with restrictions. Generally the women need to have a BMI of below 30 &/or need to be under the age of 40.
If you are currently trying to get pregnant, being overweight or obese can affect your chances of naturally conceiving. Obese women can also experience more difficulties during their pregnancy & childbirth.
As women, we usually store more fat around our abdomens and this can have an overall effect on hormone levels (can cause hormone imbalances), lack of ovulation, problems with menstruating & resistance to fertility treatment (this is particularly common with ladies who suffer from PCOS). In turn, this leads to further complications conceiving.
LOSING JUST 10% OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT.......
Research shows that losing just 10% of your body weight can improve your fertility as this weight loss can reduce the fat stored around our stomach and improve ovulation (particularly for ladies who do have PCOS).
If you are currently struggling to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment, do consider this...
Unfortunately, there's a higher risk of complications during pregnancy for women who are overweight or obese. Particularly with childbirth & the need for emergency Cesareans & high blood pressure.
how to lose weight for fertility
There are many ways in which you can lose weight to improve your fertility. You may wish to consider counting your calories but do remember that it isn't always about the amount of calories you are consuming but more about the quality of calories.
There's no point counting your calories if you are just going to use your calorie intake with just chocolate (there's no nutritional value in that). Instead consider what your body needs. Remember, you need to treat your body as a temple so look for nutritional content in everything you eat. Does it contain vitamins? minerals? micro-nutrients?
Do not embark on a quick fix faddy diet. Sure there's lots of magic capsules or the latest cabbage broth diet but again is it ensuring it will give you the vitamins and minerals your body needs? your body needs as much support & strength as it can get to ensure a happy & healthy pregnancy. If you put in the ground work now, you will certainly appreciate the nutrients during certain trimesters.
The SMLDiet is great (we would say that wouldn't we?) but it really is! Our meal replacements contain essential vitamins and minerals so can be used to replace a meal. They are low in calories and carbohydrates & weight losses recorded by our slimmers are great (see our success stories) . We offer incredible support to help our slimmers stay motivated & our founder Ally knows only too well the problems associated with fertility (Ally regularly discusses her own fertility issues with PCOS) and how fertility treatment aided with weight loss helped her conceive her 2 children). If you would like to get started or would like information, do get in touch with a member of our team of head on over to our website to learn more.
Today a customer asked me if the contraceptive pill would be affected by their weight loss and to this I have to say ' Great question'! .
Our hormones and fertility ARE affected by losing weight and the reason is simple.
You see, as ladies, majority of us generally store most of our fat around our abdomens. This 'belly fat' as most poeple call it, can be quite dangerous (for men as well as ladies). It can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, problems with your gallbladder and can cause hormonal imbalances.
Generally us ladies have fluctuating hormone levels (you know what i mean there ladies) but the fat that our bodies store around our abdomen can really affect our estrogen levels. Our Estrogen levels can have a direct impact on our fat cells. The fat cells can then produce more estrogen which sends signals to your body to store even more fat cells. So not only does it become a horrible cycle of fat cell storage (aggghhh) BUT that production in itself causes hormonal imbalance.
The fat that we store around our abdomen is called visceral fat. There's also a layer of fat called Subcutaneous fat. This is the layer of fat that is right at the top of your skin (you know the one you can pinch). The subcutaneous fat although not great as it causes that 'muffin top' effect, isn't the type of fat that poses a direct risk to our organs. It's the visceral fat that you need to concern yourself with. You see. Visceral fat wraps itself around your organs. It is linked to diabetes, fatty liver disease, gall bladder problems, cardiovascular disease & diabetes (insulin resistance), increased risk of strokes, high blood pressure. The worst thing about visceral fat is that unlike Subcutaneous fat, you can't actually see it. So you have no idea how much you have or what it's doing to your body internally!
Losing weight REALLY DOES HELP when it comes to correcting or helping hormonal imbalances. Losing just 10% of your body weight can help your body and can start to correct any hormonal imbalances caused by excess body fat.
Losing weight affects fertility...
Weight loss can help change fertility levels. When i was trying for a family, my doctor at the hospital would tell me to lose weight prior to embarking on any kind of treatment. The reason for this is due to how much effect losing weight has to play on our hormones. Once we start to lose weight, our stored fat will start to diminish. This will then change how effective our reproductive organs are (think about how that visceral fat used to strangle your organs)Well... now we are losing weight, our organs have a chance to 'breathe' again. Our hormone levels will become more balanced and over time, ladies who have had problems with fertility issues MAY find that the weight loss helps them in many ways. (this is very common for ladies with PCOS)
However, ladies who aren't wishing to start for a family just yet need to be careful and ensure they are using adequate contraceptive protection.
Please speak to your GP on a regular basis to ensure that your contraceptive method is right for you.
please note: Weight loss can not guarantee that a pregnancy will follow.
The SMLDiet is a leading weight loss plan in the UK. Specialising in VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diets), TFR (Total Food Replacement products and meal replacements.