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How To Lose Weight After the Holidays

Optimize Your Body Mass Index (BMI) for Your Health and Fertility

For many families, it begins right on November 1st – the day after Halloween. Armed with fistfuls of candy, people all across the country slowly begin the plunge into a massive holiday eating binge. Over the next few months, weight loss is often the last thing on your mind. Feasts will be served with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, holiday cookies, and every other weight-gaining food known to humankind. By the time it’s over, the mountains of food, saddled with travel and decreased exercise, rarely results in less than 10 pounds of weight gain.

Now it’s over. Time with family, friends and delicious food was fantastic, but 2017 has arrived! You are back in your own home, on the daily grind, back to your normal routine. With a little focus, knowledge, and consistency, you will be back in fighting shape in no time. The battle to optimize your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a fight for your health, your fertility, and overall well-being. We have recently discussed the importance of a proper fertility diet when trying to conceive. To create a fitness plan for weight loss that can improve your reproductive health, it’s important for you to understand the basics.

The Essentials of Losing Weight for Greater Health

Weight loss is a key component of your overall health as well as pre-pregnancy self-care for improved fertility. While getting started may seem difficult, weight is actually a simple equation. At its core, weight loss is the balance between calories in (food) and calories out (exercise). Therefore, decreasing your caloric intake while increasing your level of exercise will be the driving factors in helping you lose weight and optimize your body mass index. Furthermore, improving the quality of the calories you consume (especially lowering carbohydrates) will also help get your body back to its normal weight after the holidays.

The Importance of Carbohydrates when Losing Weight

While the basics of weight loss are simple, carbohydrates can be tricky. The obvious carbohydrates are easy to recognize: pasta, potatoes, rice, and bread. Most of us are aware of carbs in cookies and cakes, but there are many foods with more subtle carbohydrate composition. Here’s a great weight loss tip: if it tastes sweet, there are usually carbohydrates involved! If carbohydrates must be consumed in strict moderation for weight loss, what does that leave for us to eat?

A Healthy Diet: The Best Way to Lose Weight

Weight gain will be most easily curbed with a diet containing a predominance of lean meats and vegetables. Snacking should be minimized and water should be consumed in abundance to help you lose weight. You will probably be a little hungry at first as you begin the journey towards an optimal Body Mass Index.

Depending on the level of carbohydrates that you have been eating, exercise may provide a great boost to a proper dietary regimen as well. As we enter 2017, take the time to optimize your health and achieve a body mass index that will help you reach your goal of creating a family. A proper fertility diet and fitness are fundamental to any pre-pregnancy plan, and will greatly improve your chances of conception.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017! Do you have any questions about losing weight or optimizing your Body Mass Index? Please contact us today.

This is an updated blog post based on Dr. Danielle Lane’s article “How to Optimize Your Body Mass Index” in the January/February issue of Lane Fertility Magazine.

Dr. Danielle Lane Danielle E Lane, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist

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