How to Lose Weight with PCOS or PCOD

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 16, 2012

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How to Lose Weight with PCOS or PCOD

Health experts recommend engaging in weight loss regimen for women with PCOS or PCOD to avert aftermaths of the condition. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or polycystic ovary disease (PCOD) is the condition of hormonal imbalance wherein the likelihood of ovaries containing immature follicles called cysts is quite high.


PCOS & Weight Loss


  • Risk of developing diabetes and heart diseases decreases by a great extent if one adheres to a requisite exercising and dietary regimen.
  • PCOS patients must follow prescribed diet, which mainly emphasise on limiting the intake of carbohydrates (cereals, breads, pastas) and choosing less processed carbohydrates (whole wheat, brown rice, beans).
  • Whole grains, fruits and vegetables must be incorporated in a diet plan to reduce insulin response. Moreover, the diet plan should essentially have enough protein to control the amount of sugar in the blood and restrict the development of PCOS.
  • Foods enriched in fibre not only help to keep sugar levels within normal range, but also keeps you energised for the entire day. It curbs your hunger and reduces the chances of overeating.
  • Insulin resistance can be improved with moderate activity even when you exercise and don't lose weight. More physical activity is better in such case. Therefore, commit yourself to 'more exercise' rather than waiting for things to worsen. Discuss exercise schedule with a health care provider and follow it with discipline.
  • Follow up with your medication as per prescription of the health care provider. Diabetes medication that lowers production of testosterone and aids blood sugar control is prescribed to women with PCOS. Discuss with a health care provider after completion of medicine course and ask if there is any need to change prescription.
  • Sleep is another factor that affects your body. Sleep deprivation may be a cause of weight gain that occurs due to glucose/insulin issues.


Significance of Administering Body Weight


  • Women face several challenges due to hormonal dysfunction, which include male body hair patterns, infertility, menstrual irregularities, acne and weight problems.
    Administering body weight is one of the challenges before women marred with this syndrome.
  • It may be challenging, but managing weight and minimising weight gain helps to avert the side-effects of the disease.
  • One may structure a physical exercise schedule and join a support group to start up with weight loss plan and come out with its positives. Make sure you consult a health care provider before engaging in any weight loss plan or regimen.


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