September 23, 2013 4:07 PM Subscribe
Since starting on birth control about a year ago, I have gained SO. MUCH. WEIGHT. (Almost 30 lbs) I want to look like a yogini. Hope me!
posted by carolinaherrera to health & fitness (23 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be a competitive athlete, and I am still fairly strong. I can run a 10k. I can bike 20-30 miles in a day. I am fairly active (no going to the gym but I walk/bike most places).
I used to be one of those people who could eat whatever they wanted (even after stopping competing). I don't like junk food so I eat fairly healthy. I don't drink soft drinks (or hard ones, for that matter). I don't eat chips or candy or the like.
Since starting on the mini-pill, I have gained 30 lbs. I don't like it at all. I can't take pills with estrogen because they make me depressed and often physically ill. I am afraid of the IUD (see earlier question), but open to it if it would make me stop gaining weight at an incredible rate. I have talked with my doctor about this and she says that it's just something that happens and just to deal with it.
But I want to look fit and healthy again!
So, I have a few questions:
1) Is there anything that has worked for you specifically to combat weight put on by being on the birth control pill?
2) I do yoga occasionally. I could be inspired to do more if I knew how hard it was to get from where I am (chubby) to looking like a svelte yogini. If you are one of those people, how often do you do yoga? Did you transform from a different shape?
3) Suggestions for easing into a more restricted eating plan. I've never really had to think about what I eat. I've looked at the S Diet (no Sugar, Snacks or Seconds, except on days that start with "S"), and I like extremely simple routines like that.
4) I realize these are a lot of unrelated questions, but I'd love to hear any answers you think might help!