How to see real improvements through lifestyle changes

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What if I told you that young me, in the image to the left was working out harder, and more frequently than the image to the right?! What am I doing differently now? Lifting weights with progressive overload!

Although there is nothing wrong with my physique in the older image, I was training 4 hours/day primarily doing cardio compared to my current training which entails 45-60 minutes 4-5x/week of resistance training with only some cardio. I used to dread working out and now I really enjoy it! Exercise should be both fun and effective!

 

Similarly, nutrition should be satisfying and healthy, but not feel restrictive even if it is! Follow my guides and you will be able to make major lifestyle changes to improve your overall and reproductive health in an enjoyable way!

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Many women are told to lose weight prior to fertility treatment without specific guidance on how to do so. If you're feeling lost as to how to begin to improve your fitness & nutrition journey, or you've tried everything but nothing seems to work, you're not alone! 

I was in your shoes too for many many years! It wasn't until i began to do proper & consistent weight training (trust me I also did it improperly for many years!) that I began to see and feel physical changes. You see, the fitness industry has long portrayed that women should be exercising differently than men. In fact, most women know very little about strength training for many reasons. This is because the media has often shown women who have the

perfect physique simply doing cardio on a treadmill. This naturally makes us inclined to believe cardio is the solution to our problems and will allow us to: lose significant weight, achieve perfectly toned body, and even get that highly desired six-pack. 

No matter what your goals are: improving your overall health, losing weight, becoming stronger, improving your physique-

strength training & proper nutrition are crucial elements to help you reach your goals. 

 

On this site you will find evidence based nutritional and fitness information with a focus on women suffering from PCOS, infertility and/or unwanted weight who struggle to achieve their doctor's recommendations to optimize their overall health through lifestyle modification

So here it is! 

And be sure to check out my workout programs & meal plan!

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Board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist with subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Welcome to my page! 

I wanted to quickly introduce myself and my background. I am a US board certified OBGYN with subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology & infertility. In a nutshell, I'm a doctor who specializes in women's health, hormones, infertility and reproductive/pelvic surgery. 

I have a special interest in fitness and nutrition. I am a former varsity water polo player for the women's team at the University of Toronto and former marathoner (Chicago and Detroit free press marathons) but made the transition into powerlifting a few years ago. As a fertility doctor but also someone who suffers from PCOS, I want to provide resources to help you reach your lifestyle goals and prevent you from falling into traps of misinformation present all over the internet; including proper nutrition, how to lose weight as well as exercise strategies- particularly when trying to conceive or if suffering from various endocrine disorders. Whether you're trying to get pregnant, are pregnant/postpartum, or even if you don't wish to be pregnant, your physical fitness and nutritional behavior is an integral part of your overall health and reproductive capacity. I am here to provide important information so you can feel confident in making appropriate lifestyle adjustments! 

Keep in mind, everyone's medical history varies, so if you have any medical conditions that may preclude you from certain exercises, it's important to discuss this with your doctor!

Also be sure to check my workout programs and 4 week plant based meal plan, as well as coaching services!

About Sasha Hakman, MD/MS