I threw out the insert, but even if it did say weight gain is a side effect, a lot of doctors (particularly male ones) would choose not to believe it since their bodies were never designed to store fat in order to give birth (can you tell that my ob-gyn is a man?)
I thought a lot of the weight gain was due to water retention too and I have increased my water intake by one or two glasses a day, but the weight isn't dropping, so I know it's not due to that.
I am careful not to drop below 1200 calories a day as I know it's not safe to eat less than that. I haven't measured my BMR of late but previously, it was around 1700 calories a day. In researching what BCP can do to your body, I found out that they can actually trick your body into thinking you're pregnant and as such, it can increase your appetite and make you eat more. And when your pregnant, your body stores the extra calories in order to nourish the growing fetus. Since it can have that effect, I'm really leery of eating more. I ate 1800 calories one day last weekend and didn't gain, so that's probably the highest amount of food I can eat and not gain. I really am resisting eating low carb because I just don't feel satisfied unless I have them and I know myself to know that I'll binge on them if tried a low carb diet, so I don't do it.
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