I don't usually post in here (obviously) but the other night I had a discussion with my brother and his wife about nutrition, etc, and working out, and something was said that made me think twice about a couple things I've taken as "gospel" with weight loss.
I was saying to them that many people fail to realize the simplicity of losing weight and how it's a matter of putting yourself in a caloric deficit so that your body uses the nutrients you put into it, but continues to burn through stored fat, glycogen, etc, your body has put away. At this point my sister in law interrupted and said it's NOT as simple as that, and went on to explain how she and many other girls nowadays can run into these "hormone imbalances" brought about by the birth control pills she's taking and that it's nearly impossible for her to lose weight. Synthetic hormones are apparently throwing off the way her body functions and it's affecting her enough that she has serious trouble losing weight (She's not fat. She's just one of those girls that might have a little extra around the thighs/butt and stresses out about it to no end. She is not "out-of-shape" looking)
Normally I'd poo-poo this as the words of someone who's just not trying hard enough, but knowing my sis in law and the way she eats/works out, I've ALWAYS thought there was something more to her situation than just eating too many calories. I've tried to give her advice on multiple occasions and to her credit she's always been receptive of what I have to say, often asking questions or making sure she knows what I mean.
She's tried going from 1500 calorie diets and high cardio to weight training and more calories (Trying to build muscle to help burn fat, etc) but nothing seems to work for her and she cannot lose weight.
I'm wondering if you girls have heard about this occurrence through the use of birth control pills? The way she explained it made it seem to me that there are a lot of women out there with this problem, and considering I've yet to take a birth-control pill this is one of the areas of weight loss/fitness that I am 100% in the dark about.
Anyway, I appreciate you reading this and would really like some knowledge borne of first-hand experience.
Thanks in advance.