Is it true that birth control makes you lose weight? You’ll often read this question on social media as people worry about their seemingly rapid weight loss. They wonder if they’re supposed to feel bad about it or feel grateful. It’s this last part that makes a difference—you should feel grateful, but you should also know that your body is telling you something. It’s not your fault that you’re struggling with weight, and it’s certainly not your imagination. Your body is reacting to changes in hormonal balance, which can be caused by many things including birth control.
Let’s consider the facts. Birth control makes you lose weight. There are lots of reputable studies that show this, and it’s been known to happen for years. (Of course, it doesn’t always happen, but it’s clearly the case when compared to what you’d expect from taking the pill. It’s also why most people on birth control will have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who haven’t been prescribed the pill. Interestingly, however, birth control doesn’t seem to effect men as greatly in this regard. More on that in a bit.)
This article isn’t meant to debate whether or not you should be on birth control. That’s a personal choice for you and yours. What is meant is that when you’re on the pill or any other form of birth control, you need to be aware that you’re losing weight, and you need to be prepared for this. It’s a fact of life. It may not always be comfortable, but it is a fact.
Why The Hype?
There’s a common misconception that surrounds the question of whether or not birth control makes you lose weight. People believe that birth control magically makes them lose weight, and so they assume that this is the case for everyone. While it’s true that birth control makes you lose weight, it doesn’t mean that it gets rid of every ounce of fat, and it certainly doesn’t mean that it’ll help you to lose as much weight as someone who doesn’t take the pill. Your hormonal balance will determine how much you lose, and it will determine how much you’ll want to lose. This is why there’s so much hype surrounding the question of whether or not birth control makes you lose weight. When you’re not taking the pill, you’re likely to gain weight, and when you are, you’ll lose weight. It’s just a fact.
Are You At Risk?
The question of whether or not birth control makes you lose weight is often posed in a way that suggests everyone on the pill is at risk of losing a lot of weight. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s true that some women on the pill have lost a lot of weight, but it’s also the case that some have gained a lot of weight. (As we said, it’s all about hormonal balance. When you’re not on the pill, your hormones are out of whack, and this can cause you to either gain or lose a lot of weight.)
The reason why some women on the pill have lost a lot of weight and others have gained is that the pill can cause you to have a spike in insulin. If you’re prone to insulin spikes, you may experience rapid weight gain, but if you’re not, you may experience rapid weight loss. You can’t always assume that just because a woman is on the pill that she’s at risk of gaining a lot of weight. Your insulin sensitivity will determine how much you actually gain. Your personal trainer may be the best person to help you pinpoint the root of your weight issues so that you can start to fix them. He or she can help you to look at the whole picture instead of just the surface appearance of your body.
More on insulin sensitivity and the causes of weight gain and loss in another article, but for now, just know that there are many factors that can cause you to gain or lose weight, and it’s not always because of what you eat or how much you exercise. You need to understand your body and learn to listen to your body so that you can start to fix any problems that you have.
How Can You Prepare For This?
If you’re on the pill and experience a noticeable weight loss, you should be happy about it, but you should also know that your body is changing and that this is something that needs to be managed. You can prepare for this weight loss by talking to your doctor about what’s causing it. Your doctor may suspect that something is wrong with your thyroid, and so he or she may suggest that you have your thyroid levels checked. Having your thyroid levels checked will also allow you to prepare for the weight loss that the pill is causing. If your thyroid levels are low, you may not experience the weight loss that you’d expect from being on the pill.
When Will This Stop?
If you’re on the pill and experiencing weight loss, don’t be overwhelmed by it. This is completely normal and it’s something that you need to get used to, but it also means that your body is telling you that something is wrong. This is why you need to prepare for the weight loss that you’re experiencing—it won’t always be there, and it could go away as quickly as it came. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn to live with it and know that it’s something that you need to deal with effectively so that you don’t lose any more weight than is necessary. If insulin sensitivity is the root of your weight issues, then by talking to your doctor about this and getting him or her to recommend a low-glycemic diet and some exercise, you can prepare for this weight loss and even lose a little bit of weight if you’re not sensitive to insulin. This isn’t something that will go away easily, but it’s also something that you can work on effectively—with a little bit of effort, you can prepare for this change in your body and be more flexible about what it means for you to be on the pill.
What About Men?
Many women have expressed concern about whether or not being on the pill makes them lose weight, and it’s often the case that the question is asked because the person being asked it is curious about what effect, if any, the pill has on men’s bodies. While it’s true that being on the pill doesn’t affect men as greatly in this regard, there are still a few things that you need to know. If you’re not already aware of them, you may not realize how much they affect you. First, let’s discuss the reasons why taking the pill doesn’t seem to affect men as greatly as it does women. Second, let’s discuss the changes that the pill can cause in men.
The main reason why taking the pill doesn’t seem to affect men as much as it does women is that men have different hormone profiles when compared to women. Let’s take a look at the reasons for this.
Different Hormone Profiles
Many women have higher levels of estrogen than men do. This is a major reason why taking the pill doesn’t seem to affect men as much. While estrogen can make a woman more feminine and improve her mood, it can also cause men to experience hair loss, irritability, and aggression. (1)
Another major reason why taking the pill doesn’t seem to affect men as much is that their testosterone levels are much higher than women’s. Testosterone is the male hormone that gives you your sexual drive, your libido, and your muscle mass. While estrogen can prevent some of the symptoms that men experience due to being overdosed with testosterone (such as fatigue and mood swings), it can’t prevent all of them, and so men might experience some side effects that you wouldn’t normally expect from being on the pill. (2)
Changes In Men
If you’re not already aware of them, you might not realize how much the pill can affect men. First of all, let’s discuss the reasons why the pill can cause men to gain weight. Taking the pill can cause your insulin levels to increase, and this can lead to increased appetite. It can also cause you to have more energy, which can result in you exercising more often, leading to increased metabolism and weight gain. (3)
Let’s discuss the reasons why the pill can cause men to lose weight next. Being on the pill can cause your testosterone levels to decrease, and this can result in you losing muscle mass, getting sluggish, and having trouble waking up in the morning. This is mainly due to the fact that testosterone is responsible for your mental and physical energy, and so when it decreases, so does your energy level, causing you to lose weight. (4)