Move over Jessica Simpson and Marie Osmond . Celebrity weight loss spokeswomen have nothing on my nutritionist’s recommendation to follow the fertility diet.
The fertility diet has helped me lose 10 pounds in exactly four weeks. While I’ve lost more weight more quickly before, I am optimistic about this plan’s odds for improving my overall health.
Here’s how the fertility diet has helped me shed weight this spring.
My Diet History
I have struggled with weight loss since early childhood. I was an overweight kid, a normal weight and athletic teen, and have been a generally obese adult. Since college, it has not been uncommon for me to lose and regain 20-30 pounds in short time.
I lost weight on both the South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers in the past, but I couldn’t sustain either program. The 52 pounds I lost after college by following South Beach crept back slowly over the next 5 years; last year, the quick 20 pounds with Weight Watchers re-found me when computing point totals for every homemade recipe became a chore.
At my annual physical in January, I confronted the highest number I’d ever seen on the scale. When my doctor recommended that I visit a nutritionist, I jumped at the opportunity.
The Fertility Diet
My nutritionist preaches the theory that “food is medicine.” Since I’m 31 and thinking of starting a family soon, an eating overhaul that fueled weight loss and boosted fertility made sense.
Though she doesn’t call it a diet, the revamped meal plan she recommended strongly resembles the fertility diet recommended by Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro in the book “The Fertility Diet.” Some of the main tenants include:
- Trading in chemically laden “fat free” and “low fat” for healthy fats and full fat dairy;
- Controlling blood sugar levels by eating regular meals and fiber-rich foods; and
- Filling up on lean meats, vegetable protein, fruits and vegetables.
Thanks to my nutritionist, I’ve replaced unhealthy snacking with Larabars and veggies. My energy levels, scale, and waistline thank her.
While I may not lose weight as quickly as fad dieters, I am optimistic that my 10-pound weight loss will turn into 20 or 25 pounds before my June appointment. I still won’t be quite ready for bikini season, but I am confident that my improved health will have me glowing as brightly as the sun.
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