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Hormonal contraception and weight loss - what does it look like in practice?

Olimp Sport Nutrition
2021-05-17
Hormonal contraception and weight loss - what does it look like in practice?

The use of hormonal contraception has as many opponents as supporters. We certainly cannot be indifferent to the effects of contraceptive pills on the female body. Does it make losing weight impossible?

How does hormonal contraception work?

Practically in most cases, hormonal contraception in the form of pills is based on the intake of female sex hormones, which are referred to as estrogens. Although their regular use as prescribed by the doctor reduces pregnancy risk, it is worth mentioning the other side of the coin. Estrogens also exhibit properties that can make it difficult to lose weight and maintain a fit body. Among these, it is important to note:

  • water and sodium retention - antidiuretic properties
  • increased appetite and desire for sweet-tasting products
  • impaired glucose and insulin metabolism, resulting in an increase in body fat - especially in the hips, thighs and abdomen
  • difficulty in reducing body fat due to increased insulin levels.

It should be mentioned, however, that the use of hormonal contraception does not always result in reduced effectiveness of weight loss and in a loss of slim figure. The body may react quite differently. Therefore, it is recommended to monitor its behaviour during the treatment, and take care of a healthy and varied diet as a preventive measure. This is one of the safest ways to maintain an optimal level of body fat, correct body weight and effective metabolic rate.

Hormonal contraception and weight loss - which ingredients in the diet are essential for women?

When deciding to use oral hormonal contraception, it is important to ensure an optimal supply of certain vitamins and minerals. According to doctors and nutritionists, the estrogen pill may increase the body's need for some active ingredients. Their deficiencies, in turn, may hinder weight loss and make it impossible to work on a slim body shape.

 

In the first place, attention should be paid to:

  • zinc
  • folic acid
  • riboflavin (B2)
  • copper
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin C
  • iron

Vita-Min Plus dla kobiet - a product made by the Olimp Laboratories pharmaceutical company - is a very good supplement to the daily diet of women using hormonal contraception. This dietary supplement contains a complex of essential vitamins and minerals (in the form of Albion™ amino acid chelates), which have been enriched with a number of valuable substances- hyaluronic acid and standardised plant extracts (soy isoflavones, Dong Quai ginseng, field horsetail and black pepper). The product has been manufactured according to a pharmaceutical standard, which is confirmed by the use of modern laboratory technology, appropriately selected quantities of individual ingredients and the use of raw materials subjected to thorough microbiological purity analysis.