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Dawit Assefa, L.Ac, MAOM – Acupuncture Fertility & Women's Clinic

Why the “No Fat” Diet Won’t Help You Get Pregnant


With all the different diet recommendations, it be can difficult understanding what is best for you, especially if your trying to get pregnant. The one thing you must avoid is the “no fat” diet. The “no fat” diet is based on cutting your cholesterol to watch your weight. However, cholesterol is what makes hormones in your body.

Cholesterol creates pregnenolone and progesterone which eventually makes all of our other hormones in our body. Lack of nutrition will signal to the body to produce less hormones to prevent ovulation from occurring. Hence, the body naturally says no pregnancy will occur, say in times of famine. Having cholesterol in your diet does not mean that you should eat greasy and deep fried foods which will negatively impact your body. Rather, salmon, nuts, animal fats, millk, and eggs are all healthy and will help you produce more hormone in your body. Of course, all of the above should be organic or from the farm. Please stay away from factory made, supermarket sold foods. They often times have little nutrition which means that you will produce less hormone in your body. This article is especially fitting if you are thin. The female body needs 20% fat on it’s body in order to make conception easier. If you are on the heavier side, you should still include fat in your diet, but it should be of less amount. Many women who are having trouble conceiving are not even ovulating, especially if there on the thin side, so give your body nutrition so that it will create more hormone. If you have a history of anemia you may need to check your red blood cell counts. If you have a history of bulimia or anorexia, please check your red blood cells count as well. Having the right nutrition(cholesterol) is vital for proper hormone development in the body.

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