Some women with Endometriosis experience weight gain. It’s not overly common, but it can happen and it can be quite disheartening, especially if the weight is difficult to lose. Little research has explored why endometriosis might cause weight gain. Nevertheless, in this blog, I will explore how to control weight gain caused by endometriosis and how to achieve a healthy weight with a few tweaks to your lifestyle.
There are many websites and health sites that promote specific diets for women with Endometriosis to help them control their weight gain, and whilst this may work for some, I want to reiterate that there has been very little research and there is no clinical evidence to suggest that an endometriosis-specific diets can help with weight gain or reduce endometriosis symptoms. Therefore I would encourage you to take a more holistic approach, and follow simple steps to take control of your weight gain.
To lose weight in any situation, a person must burn more calories than they consume, and this is still the case if you’re suffering with Endometriosis. Some ways to do this without it feeling all consuming is:
To increase physical activity. Walk as often as possible and take regular breaks from long periods of sitting. Try going for a 30 minute walk each day to your favourite spot, soak in the movement and the nature around you. It will help not only your body, but your mind too.
Eating a variety of filling, lower-calorie foods. Avoiding excess sugary snacks, fizzy drinks, and over indulging.
Eating more protein. Protein may improve metabolism and help a person feel fuller for longer. Chicken is a great source of protein, and if you’re vegetarian, pulses and lentils are a great option.
Buy the fresh, and ideally organic, food and eat it while it’s fresh.
Avoid highly processed foods which are full of additives.
Your daily diet should provide 75 grams of good quality protein from sources like fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products. Also a handful of nuts, seeds, and legumes (such as beans), two portions of red or orange vegetables, two green leafy vegetables, and some berries, which are high in antioxidants.
If you’re wondering why Endometriosis causes weight gain, I’ve listed a few for you:
Bloating - this isn’t weight gain per say, but feeling bloated can make a person feel heavier.
Estrogen - Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent, which means that the symptoms worsen with higher estrogen levels. Some people believe that estrogen dominance causes weight gain. This happens when the body produces too much estrogen, outweighing the progesterone.
Pain - Endometriosis is painful. For some people, the severity of the pain can make it difficult to exercise and stay active. Over time, this can cause weight gain.
As you can see, there is no real science to controlling weight with endometriosis, it’s all about balancing your lifestyle and making healthy choices. If your weight gain is due to hormones, there are supplements you can take to help balance these out. Take a moment to look at the hormone pre-conception test and advice services I provide, for 50 Euros we can take this test and tackle your imbalance of hormones, not only to help you boost fertility but to help control your weight gain too.
I hope this guide to controlling weight gain with endometriosis has been helpful, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org .