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Sensible Weight Loss for Optimum Fertility

A balanced and healthy body is a fertile body. As more and more studies search for answers about infertility and reproduction; scientists are slowly acknowledging that optimum fertility is not just about the reproductive organs and system– it is a complex process involving various body systems and the mind.

Being underweight or overweight will negatively impact fertility and weight issues are a definite cause of infertility.

On the overweight front, a recent study suggests that severely obese women are 43% less likely to get pregnant than normal-weight women. So, even women who have regular ovulation and menstrual cycles can have difficulty conceiving when they are overweight.

Scientists do not know exactly why obesity causes infertility. It could be because obesity in women is associated with abnormal sex steroids, and abnormal levels of insulin in the blood. This in turn leads to more problems such as abnormal periods, higher levels of male hormones, and an abnormal thickening of the uterus lining. One or a combination of these issues could result in infertility. Studies also show that healthy sperm density and parameters of obese males is lower than their healthy counterparts.

So what is the ideal weight and how does one get there?

The relation between body fat and BMI differs with age and gender. Women, for example, are more likely to have a higher percent of body fat than men with the same BMI. On average, older people may have more body fat than younger adults with the same BMI.

HEIGHT (cm)
147 152 157 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198
W
E
I
G
H
T
(kg)
154 71 66 62 58 55 52 49 46 44 41 39
145 67 62 59 55 52 49 46 43 41 39 37
136 63 59 55 51 48 46 43 41 39 37 35
127 59 55 51 48 45 43 40 38 36 34 32
118 54 51 48 45 42 40 37 35 33 32 30
109 50 47 44 41 39 36 34 33 31 29 28
100 46 43 40 38 36 33 32 30 28 27 25
90 42 39 37 34 32 30 29 27 26 24 23
82 38 35 33 31 29 27 26 24 23 22 21
73 33 31 29 17 26 24 23 22 21 19 18
63 29 27 26 24 23 21 20 19 18 17 16
54 25 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 15 14
45 21 20 18 17 16 15 14 14 13 12 12
36 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 11 10 10 9
* More than 40 Severely Obese
* 30-40 Obese
* 25-29 Overweight
* 18-24 Desirable weight
* Less than 18 Underweight

 

An adult with a BMI of less than 18 is considered to be underweight.
An adult with a BMI between 18 and 25 is considered to be of a normal, healthy weight.
An adult with a BMI of between 25 and 30 is considered to be overweight.
An adult with a BMI of over 30 is considered to be obese.

Although the BMI can be a good guide, when trying to lose weight, keeping track of your body fat percentages is much better than keeping track of total weight because of body fluid variations.

 

diet plans blurred for weight loss

Experts suggest that even a weight loss of 5 to 10% can dramatically improve ovulation and chances of pregnancy. The only way to achieve this and stay healthy is avoiding crash diets.

Weight loss is really more about a healthy lifestyle, pre-planning and reinforcing new habits than anything else. There is no substitute to eating balanced and nutritious meals and exercising regularly.

Foods to include: Lots vegetable, quality protein (fish, chicken, eggs, venison, beef etc).

Foods to avoid: Saturated fats (butter, hydrogenated oils, trans fats ), highly processed/junk foods.

Exercise: At least 60 minutes, five to seven times a week; program should include a great cardiovascular workout (elliptical, treadmill, swimming, or low-impact aerobics) and weighted exercises for toning.

Minimize stress: Take up hobbies that increase physical activity and act as stress busters like yoga, or a favorite sport. This prevents build up of “stress-hormones”, which can come in the way of losing weight.

Always consult a medical professional that you trust and who knows you well so you can get the tips and advice that fit you and your individual needs the best. It is not impossible to achieve these goals, and the key is to stay motivated and always remain focused on the ultimate outcome — your optimum fertility and the health of your prospective family depend on it!

For simple, easy ways to lose weight with delicious recipes — be sure to order your copy of Eat Your Way To Parenthood: The Diet Secrets of Highly Fertile Couples Revealed or subscribe to one of our Fertility Food Revolution Meal Plans.

 

 

About Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

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