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Accurate Weight Loss For Optimum Fertility

By Gabriela Rosa
Accurate 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.

Research found that weight issues are a definite cause of infertility. Both underweight or overweight has a negative impact in fertility. 43% obese women are less likely to get pregnant than normal-weight women. Obesity will cause difficulty conceiving even women who have regular ovulation and menstrual cycles. Even it not clearly, obesity in women is associated with abnormal sex steroids, and abnormal levels of insulin in the blood. That will give rise 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.

As an example:

  • 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. Here are the specific guidelines for body fat percentages:

Women: Normal 15-25% | Overweight 25.1-29.9% | Over 30%

Men: Normal 10-20% | Overweight 20.1-24.9 % | Over 25%

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.

Include lots vegetable, fish, chicken, eggs, venison, beef and other quality protein sources.

Reduce some foods that can push body fat and contain of saturated fats like junk foods, fried food and other hydrogenated oils, butter etc.

Have an 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.

Hope this will show you ideal weight to uptime your fertility rate. Be sure to 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.




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