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09 Mar 2007

Progestorone & weight gain
I am on the 3 month injection for 7 years now. My body fat percentage has increased from 18% to 29% (ideal should be 20% fat according to my BMI) over these years, regardles a healthy diet and cardio & weight training exercises 6 days a week. Is the progestorone in the injection possibly the reason? And if so, in what way? Does progestorone increase appetite or maybe slow down one's metabolism?

Please advise?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Letitia
It is possible that any female hormone supplementation will cause weight gain, but in some women it actually causes weight loss - this is an individual reaction. You don't mention if you are actually overweight or not? and I do not agree with the desired body fat% that has been prescribed for your. Normal women who are not elite athletes have a normal body fat% of 24%, not 20% according to Prof Tim Noakes from UCT. Female hormones increase fat storage in the female fat depots (breasts, hips and things), which is a gender-related phenomenon. This is to prepare the female body for childbearing and to provide fat stores for pregnancy. You could discuss your contraception with the prescribing dr and ask him/her if you can't use an alternate method that does not lead to fat deposits in the body.
Best regards
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