Weight loss of about 5% of body weight can often re-start absent menstrual cycles and ovulation, and help improve the chances of conception.
However, this is often not enough for many women.
Losing excess body fat and gaining more lean muscle will help improve insulin resistance and high testosterone levels, two factors involved in cycle and fertility problems. But this is only part of it.
To give yourself the best chance of achieving conception, you also need to address your nutritional status; replenishing deficient nutrients and getting adequate amounts of all nutrients, which is almost impossible these days without supplementation. A quality multivitamin is a good place to start, but there are other nutrients deficient in todays food supply. The Power over PCOS ebook gives an overview of all necessary supplements. There are also natural supplements you can take to increase your chances of conception. Various herbal formulas have been used successfully for years.
Also, we are exposed to hundreds of thousands of chemicals today, and although we can’t always see them, many have damaging effects in the body over time, and because of this our natural elimination systems can become stressed and overworked. An example is bisphenol-A, a chemical in plastic that can contribute to insulin resistance, a major factor in PCOS. The human body will naturally try to avoid conception when it perceives a stressful internal environment, such as occurs with toxin accumulation. A proper three-stage detoxification program is vital to enhancing the elimination of toxins, and I have seen time and time again, women finally being able to conceive after doing a detox program.
Your mindset is also a factor in whether you will be able to conceive or not. This is because research shows that our thoughts directly affect our genes. If you are often thinking negative or fearful thoughts, your body’s protective genes will be turned on which can do more harm than good, by creating inflammation and stress responses. On the other hand, with positive and calm thoughts, your ideal genes can be activated which allow for a healthier internal environment for conception to occur.
If you’re saying things like “Nothing is happening”, or “I just can’t conceive”, think about what that may be doing to your body. Of course, fertility problems are hard to deal with and you need to express your frustrations, but try to ‘reframe’ the way you think and speak about the issue. Focus on building up your belief that it can happen, and focus on building up your overall health, rather than focusing and putting your hopes on just one thing such as weight loss.
So yes, weight loss can help, but it is only a small part of the whole picture. Some doctors say “Just lose weight”, but this is a dismissive and ignorant thing to say to a woman trying to conceive. There are many other things can reduce and improve fertility, and all must be paid attention to to achieve the best possible outcome.
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