Weight loss for fertility: Obesity and Infertility

The Acubalance weight loss program is much more than a quick fix weight loss program. It is about sustained
weight loss. it is about experiencing vibrant health and getting your life back on your path to being fertile and having a healthy baby.We are dedicated to ensuring that you are well educated about weight loss in pregnancy and comfortable with our process.

Many couples we see are addicted to sugar, carbs, coffee, and alcohol. They lack stamina, have aches and pains including headaches, wake up not well-rested with nasal congestion, experience muscle cramps, anal itching, bloating, bad gas, low libido, insomnia, and some form of skin irritation most often acne. And these symptoms are on the low priority list because the main reason they see me is because they want to be pregnant now!

Research has shown that obesity and infertility have a positive correlation; therefore being overweight can negatively impact your ability to become pregnant by affecting the ovulation process (independent of other factors including age). Being overweight also increases the risk of your daughter being infertile. So you can break the chain now by getting fit before conceiving. You only need about 5-10% of
weight loss to positively influence your ability to ovulate. So although we emphasized weight loss in the title we want to communicate that the Acubalance Weight Loss Program is much more than just losing weight. It is a wellness program. The same things that make people feel sick also makes them fat. Actually, being overweight is often a symptom of an underlying health issue. Many of these symptoms above including difficulty losing weight is a result of toxins and chronic inflammation. It is toxins and inflammation that can lead to fluid retention, weight gain, rapid aging and reduced fertility. So by eliminating the major sources of toxins and inflammation in your life, we can help you lose weight and get your life back.

The Acubalance approach to weight loss

Coaching

The “why” factor for weight loss is more important than the “how to” lose weight. We will help you discover and focus on your “why” factors to provide the motivation to finally lose and keep off the weight.

Mindful Eating

"Write before you bite." Write down what you plan to eat before eating. This is different from a food diary where you write it down after eating. This easy exercise will slow you down just enough to be mindful of what you are eating. It is so simple and so effective. If you can religiously write down what you eat before hand for 30 days, we guarantee you will lose excess weight.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an effective method of achieving change; it is a valuable tool for self-empowerment and continuous personal growth. Dr. Oz talk about Hypnosis for weight loss. More on hypnosis for weight loss.

Liver Detoxification

Eliminating toxicity and inflammation are the two most effective ways to address long term weight loss and sickness & disease. We currently recommend you start with the Thorne 3-week mediclear detox with continued supplementation for another 1-3 months with a Liver detoxifier by Lorna Vanderhaghe called "Estrosmart." (Both these products are available at Acubalance to our patients.)

Supplements

Hormone regulating supplements that work with your body to lose weight and hold off the weight and promote health. We seek out supplements that are safe and effective and work with your body to promote health and natural weight loss. The following supplements are available to Acubalance patients"

PGX Granules
D Chiro Inositol
Omega 3 oils (EPA/HHA) with Vit D3
Coenzyme Q 10

Acubalance Fertility Diet

The Acubalance Fertility Diet is a whole foods, low glycemic, anti-inflammatory diet. Research suggest that the Acubalance fertility diet is similar to the best diet for losing and keeping off weight. We have included recipes as well as where to shop locally for the ingredients. To read the Globe and Mail's article "How to keep the pounds off with the right diet," click here

Sleep

Research demonstrates that a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Both Cortisol and insulin levels can spike and become elevated from less than seven hours of sleep. Chronically elevated cortisol leads to inflammation which is cause of many disease processes, weight gain in the abdominal midsection and rapid aging. It is this abdominal fat that increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes. High insulin levels can cause your body to store excess fat. Clients who come for weekly acupuncture and adopt the Acubalance Fertility Diet report increased quantity and quality of sleep which can lead to sustained weight loss. Click here for more research on sleep and weight loss

Stress reduction - emotional eating

We have a right to be happy. Lacking skills to handle the day to day demands can lead to distress and addictive habits for coping with the stress. Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels which can lead to inflammation, insomnia, irritability, increased abdominal fat and can also negatively impact implantation. Learn how acupuncture can reduce stress - click here

Food has become our prozac and as a result we seek comfort foods (sweets and simple carbs) to act as anti-depressants. Plus we unconsciously eat more than we need as a coping mechanism to fill our emotional voids and disappointments. Negative emotions resulting from stress and anxiety experienced over long periods of time can also cause the release of hormones that lead to chronic inflammation. So we need to detox both poor quality food and negative emotions if we wan to lose weight and

It is imperative to make time daily to de-stress and decompress. You may want to register for our Mind-Body lounges offered by Alda Ngo, Dr.TCM, FABORM. Contact clinic for details.

Exercise - 30 min brisk walk daily as a minimum

Acupuncture - acupuncture treatments twice per week for 12 weeks on our biomats - to increase blood circulation, promote sleep, balance hormones, reduce cortisol levels and de-stress (tone down your fight or flight response) Dr. Oz discusses Acupuncture for Weight Loss: "of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism."

Biomat - all of our acupuncture tables are supported with a Biomat.

The Bio-Mat Burns Calories and Controls Weight - As you relax in the gentle heat of Far Infrared your body is actually hard at work, producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, a single far infrared session, burns as many calories as rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. Read more

We are currently offering monthly talks and free 15 min talks for couples interested in finding out if Acubalance can help optimize your fertility.

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Weight loss for fertility: Obesity and Infertility
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Monday, October 1, 2012