Its both. Progesterone increases your appetite and effects your T4 thyroid gland which can lead to weight gain. It also makes you retain water - water weight can make you swell up.
Don't take the pill. I use this http://1866uselady.com/show.php/index its 99.3% effective at preventing pregnancy and is totally hormone free and natural. Its the rhythm method but with a super computer keeping it accurate and error free.
If you can't afford it (they have payment plans) I woould suggest the Paragard IUD which is hormone free.
If anything avoid weight loss pills. They usually only work along with exercise and proper diet. If you want to lose weight adjust your diet. Substitute carbohydrates with more fiber and protein. This will allow your body to start feeding off the stored fat as energy as well as maintain muscle so that your body doesn't start using your muscle for energy (that's right your body uses the proteins in your muscles for fuel). In adjusting your diet also try to have most of your caloric intake in the morning to get your metabolism going. To keep your metabolism going try to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of 3 regular meals. However, don't eat until you get full just eat enough to the point where you are no longer hungry.
Also, on the day's you work out avoid steady paced exercises like jogging or riding a bike for a long period of time, they'll make you lose weight but not the type you want to be losing. Shorter, high intensity exercises jump start your metabolism assisting in fat burning. The same can be said for lifting weights, muscle growth requires energy which comes from stored body fat. So if you want to get rid of fat incorporate low to medium weightlifting and short and high intensity cardio.
I think first of all, it's important to take a close look at your life and rule out the lifestyle habits that may be zapping your energy. You seem to be eating and sleeping well which is good. So here are a few more things to look out for:
1. Do you drink enough water? Not as in coffee, tea or alcohol, but plain vanilla water. It's important to keep yourself hydrated especially during work, as many people tend to forget about it when they are busy.
2. Do you take time to unwind and de-stress? Stress seems to be getting on you and if it's not dissipated but accumulated and suppressed, it can drain your energy and manifest as physical symptoms.
Take time each day after work to go for a brisk walk or a jog and not think about work. Talk over your problems with your family or friends if this method suits you (not everyone likes to talk to other people about their problems). Find an outlet to relieve your stress. Paint, sketch, write, whatever works for you. Using humor and laughing often can help too. Check out this site on how to use humor to reduce stress and anxiety: http://theconsciouslife.com/6-ways-to-re...
Meditation is also a good way to relieve stress and quiet our busy chattering mind. You can learn how to meditate for beginners here: http://theconsciouslife.com/how-to-medit...
3. Might you have a food sensitivity or disease that you're not aware of. Many people are sensitive to certain foods like beans, or additives but are totally unaware of it because the symptoms are delayed and took some time to develop. Some suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome which can be caused a number of reasons, including sensitivity to foods or food additives as well.
4. Chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is low-grade inflammation that happens in the body with little or no visible symptoms. We are familiar with red, swollen irritated skin which is caused by acute inflammation but not many are aware of chronic inflammation, which has been found to be the root of many degenerative diseases including heart disease as well as some cancers. It can be caused by a number of reasons, including stress. You can learn more from http://theconsciouslife.com/inflammation...
Personally, I find that getting sufficient nutrients from whole foods, avoiding processed and junk foods, meditation and getting exercise at least 3X a week work well for me. Keeping stress at a level that you find manageable is also very important in your case.
But after doing these things and you see little improvement in your condition, I encourage you to see a doctor who will be able to refer you to a specialist for further investigation.
Good luck and all the best!
Protein is protein. You have about 2 million generically unique proteins in your body and they all come from 21 amino acids of which only 9 are essential (must come from outside your body). As long as you get those nine essential amino acids, which are readily available from food like milk, meat, etc., you're getting what your body needs to create your 2 million or so proteins. What you don't need is a supplement. Supplements are for people who don't understand nutrition....and you'll find plenty of them in this forum.
For more about proteins, read my answer about protein supplements --> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...
Therefor, the best protein on the market for building anything which requires proteins is food because only food offers all the other anabolic nutrients. And, the best of all those foods is human breast milk because it offers the most complete nutritional profile. Of course, it's expensive so you can drink raw bovine milk which is almost equal to human breast milk. Or you can just do what most people do and eat a normal diet of good food.
Good luck and good health!!
Today is actually my 7th day to take Hydroxycut and it's working well for me. I work out 3-4 times a week and drink water regularly and was having problem shedding any pounds, but I've lost 3 pounds so far. The only thing to keep in mind is that it's $20 for a bottle that lasts you 10 days. You just have to decide if you want to keep up with it.
There isn't a quick solution so whatever plan you pick you need to stick with it.
keeps the ginseng manufacturers in business.
From the NIH- a source that I trust:
What It Is Used For
Treatment claims for Asian ginseng are numerous and include the use of the herb to support overall health and boost the immune system. Traditional and modern uses of ginseng include:
* Improving the health of people recovering from illness
* Increasing a sense of well-being and stamina, and improving both mental and physical performance
* Treating erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms related to menopause
* Lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure
How It Is Used
The root of Asian ginseng contains active chemical components called ginsenosides (or panaxosides) that are thought to be responsible for the herb's medicinal properties. The root is dried and used to make tablets or capsules, extracts, and teas, as well as creams or other preparations for external use.
What the Science Says
* Some studies have shown that Asian ginseng may lower blood glucose. Other studies indicate possible beneficial effects on immune function.
* To date, research results on Asian ginseng are not conclusive enough to prove health claims associated with the herb. Only a handful of large clinical trials on Asian ginseng have been conducted. Most studies have been small or have had flaws in design and reporting. Some claims for health benefits have been based only on studies conducted in animals.
* NCCAM is supporting research studies to better understand the use of Asian ginseng. NCCAM is studying how Asian ginseng interacts with other herbs and drugs and exploring its potential to treat chronic lung infection, impaired glucose tolerance, and Alzheimer's disease.
Side Effects and Cautions
* When taken by mouth, ginseng is usually well tolerated. Some sources suggest that its use be limited to 3 months because of concerns about the development of side effects.
* The most common side effects are headaches and sleep and gastrointestinal problems.
* Ginseng can cause allergic reactions.
* There have been reports of breast tenderness, menstrual irregularities, and high blood pressure associated with ginseng products, but these products' components were not analyzed, so effects may have been due to another herb or drug in the product.
* Ginseng may lower levels of blood sugar; this effect may be seen more in people with diabetes. Therefore, people with diabetes should use extra caution with Asian ginseng, especially if they are using medicines to lower blood sugar or taking other herbs, such as bitter melon and fenugreek, that are also thought to lower blood sugar.
* It is important to inform your health care providers about any herb or dietary supplement you are using, including Asian ginseng. This helps to ensure safe and coordinated care.
I agree w/dr. k because trimspa didn't work for me or my friend either. I used Xantrex-3 (at the time, britney spears was the sponsor) and I did see a signifcant weight loss but it made me too hyper... last summer I also was taking NV which is what Carmen Electra sponsors... it made my stomach really sick even though I was eating really healthy.
I find that slim-fast shakes & bars work wonders... and so do the zone bars. I ate 2 zone bars (instead of meals) last july for 3 weeks and lost 12lbs. im still down 12lbs too... and they taste really delicious -- they have about 15g protein each
Go to weight watchers.Lots of men/women atend them.I do and lost 72lbs.I dont recommend diet pills to anyone!
Usually, you gain weight while taking birth control...I have never heard of the opposite.
Anything is possible, you should see a doctor rapid weight gain is not healthy.
To bulk up and gain a lot of muscle mass, you must do a lot of resistance training progressively but also consume a lot of calories at the same time. The extra calories that you consume are to supply the energy for your workouts as well as to replace and build lean tissue. To gain one pound of lean tissue, you must consume 2,500 extra calories. Therefore, to gain one or two pounds of lean tissue a week, you will need to consume about 350 or 700 extra calories daily, respectively. You must also do a lot of resistance training so that the extra calories consumed are used for gaining muscle mass and supplying needed energy, and not to be stored as fat. Since muscle tissue is more protein than fat or glycogen, it is suggested that you consume about 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily (if the protein is plant-based, more is required). Any extra calories that still needs to be made up after considering the protein requirements can be done with higher calorie foods.
If you are not used to resistance training, you must start slow and gradually build up. It is not necessary to consume the recommended amount of proteins and calories stated above when you first start out, as you will not be lifting much and all the extra calories will not be used up to either supply fuel for the workouts or replace and build lean tissue, causing your body to store much of the extra calories as fat. Also, make sure your body can adapt to the progression rate and gradually be accustomed to heavier loads. Then, increase your calorie and protein uptake as you increase your resistance training duration, frequency, and intensity. But again, you must take care to not overtrain, as this will lead to adverse training effects, including a decrease of lean muscle mass.
Warm up: Be sure to always warm up before engaging in physical activities. If you don't have time to warm-up, you don't have time to exercise. (Not enough room here to provide more detailed information).
Reps: Usually, high-intensity low-volume workouts are better for bulking up. This means that the sets should be near maximal (you should only be able to do about 4-8 reps per set) and consequently, you will not be able to do as many reps or sets compared to a low-intensity workout.
Sets: The number of sets you'll be able to do is dependent on your fitness condition. Always listen to your body to prevent overtraining. I will not prescribe a certain number of sets per day as your body will be better at doing this during the workout itself, but it may be helpful to set a goal in your mind before working out. However, if for example, you have a goal of doing 15 sets that day, but feel like your body is not responding normally during the 7th set, then it only seems logical to discontinue the workout and get the needed rest your body is calling for. In general, you should try to go for about 15-20 sets (this may be per day or on workout days, depending on the routine that you choose) when your body has gotten accustomed to such work.
Routine: Because there are various types of workout routines out there all claiming to be the best and most efficient and also because individuals will respond differently to different exercises and routines based on genetics and other factors, I will not be able to say which one is the best. I will mention, however, two of the top (but very different) routines you might want to be consider.
1) Resistance train six to seven days a week by working different muscle groups each day (i.e. arms on Monday, chest on Tuesday, back on Wednesday, legs on Thursday, etc.) You may want to start out with some sort of combination so that you do not overtrain your muscles while they are still adapting to more amount of work.
2) Do only whole-body exercises (bench press, squat, power clean, deadlift, etc.) every other day with a few sets of abdominal workouts once or twice a week. This means that you shouldn't bother yourself with exercises that just work a single group of muscles (i.e. bicep curls, triceps extension, etc.)
Although it is not clear which routine is more effective (may be dependent upon the individual), as long as you're doing the exercises properly and not overtraining, then there will definitely be benefits. Therefore, it may not hurt for you to switch from one routine to another to see if you can tell which ones work for you best. Who knows, you might actually get the best workout this way as you will be implementing the concept of muscle confusion by switching to different routines after a period of time.
Make sure you get plenty of rest. 8-10 hours of sleep everyday is suggested.
I hope this helps!