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Member # 37104
posted 03-19-2008 10:34 AM
I hope this doesn't count as a weight loss question, because it is more about...well, how I can stop gaining weight.
I have gained 10 lbs in 2-3 months and I am attributing it to birth control (which I have been on for about 5 months) I can't stop gaining weight, it has not plateaued, it just keeps going up. I try to watch what I eat and I think I eat a relatively healthy diet, and when I started gaining I started working out every day for 30-40 minutes. but I just can't stop it and it really depresses me. I just want to stop gaining so I can start getting healthy again and back to my weight when I first started taking the pill! help!
Member # 37371
posted 03-19-2008 11:16 AM
Unfortunately, weight gain can be a side effect of taking birth control pills. I think it sounds like you are on the right track in addressing this by diet and exercise (see this thread on
weight loss queries). The doctor who prescribed your pills may be able to suggest some more ways to address the wight gain, and can answer any questions you might have about whether you can avoid this problem by switching to another type of pill or another method of birth control. If you are thinking that another method might work better for you, it might be helpful to take a look at Birth Control Bingo.
Member # 3
posted 03-19-2008 11:41 AM
Just also be aware that in the teens, late teens and early twenties, it's also normal to put on a little weight, especially as you're finishing puberty.
On average, when women gain weight with the pill -- and many do not - it's only around 5 pounds, and it's also not usually an overall gain so much as fat cells expanding in size on breasts, hips or thighs. Too, adding exercise builds muscle, which weighs more than fat, so you may simply be gaining muscle right now. This is one of many reasons weight-in-numbers has so little value (and why I personally feel that throwing a scale out a three-story window is a good positive body image move: plus, it makes a cool noise when it crashes). How do you FEEL physically? Have plenty of energy? feeling good? If you feel good, there's likely little reason to worry about your weight. If you don't feel well, or just want to be sure you're okay, by all means, have a chat with your general doctor.
Member # 37104
posted 03-19-2008 08:52 PM
I feel like I have energy and stuff, but I can see the difference on my body... it seems to be mostly on my tummy which has become all jiggly unfortunately.
I think I will go see my doctor next month thanks
Member # 36078
posted 03-20-2008 03:47 PM
If your stomach has become jiggly, like you say, how about doing some exercises to tone it a bit? If it's mostly that which is bothering you, then targeting that should make you feel less self-conscious about it.
Member # 37104
posted 03-20-2008 05:39 PM
that's what I have been working on...I do cardio and I do exercises on a workout ball specific to core toning. It doesn't seem to be working (I've been trying for months). If I can't get rid of the fat on top, the muscle won't show through anyway.
I hear it is possible for birth control to also make it harder to lose weight, ugh.