Is there is a significant correlation between infertility and obesity? foamcage.com took this question to Holistic Health Coach Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. Patel’s expertise in this area is well known. Having been mentored by both Dr. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra, Patel’s ideology encompasses both traditional approaches and cutting edge methodologies from the west. Patel is a leading voice for women who are concerned with weight and fertility potential, an issue of significance for many women nationwide. We had a number of questions.
foamcage.com: Is there a substantiable correlation between lowered fertility and overweight?
Patel: Many studies substantiate this correlation. For example, a recent 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.
foamcage.com: Can a woman lose weight quickly when she wishes to conceive and up her chances that way?
Patel: Not a good idea. Yo-yo dieting is stressful on the body for a myriad number of reasons. It has also been proven that this type of regimen, or extreme dieting of any kind, can adversely affect a woman’s reproductive potential. This is a negative behavior which should be avoided. The truth is, 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.
foamcage.com: OK, so how do women figure out what their bodies really need?
Patel: Look, I totally get it. Sometimes it feels impossible to lose weight! i have been there myself, believe me, but the biggest mistake that most women make in trying to achieve their weight loss goals is in thinking that they have to follow a regulated diet plan, or restrict themselves as a way to shed those unwanted lbs.
foamcage.com: OK, so what should women do if they want to lose weight and gain fertility potential?
Patel: 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. Here is the plan:
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.
foamcage.com: Sounds like a plan! Should women start now or wait until January 2?
Patel: What do you think? Get healthy now. You can enjoy the holidays and still nurture your body and soul by making these simple choices. Here’s to good health and to a happy holiday season!