PCOS stands for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. And woman who have it (that’s right only women can have it) often have a hard time managing their hormonal levels within their bodies. According to this site, woman who have PCOS generally not only have a hard time conceiving but also have a hard time losing and/or maintaining their weight.
I currently know of many women who struggle with PCOS and their battle is more often than not long and very emotional. Whether they are struggling to conceive or to get baby weight off, the women I know who struggle with PCOS are tired and feel like they are out of resources. Add once upon a time, I was facing what I thought was the PCOS battle myself.
I was falsely (thankfully) diagnosed with PCOS, and when I was it was a bit heart breaking. After I was told by a doctor that I had PCOS I spoke with 2 cousins of mine that have PCOS and heard the frustrations they had from PCOS first hand. Every doctor I went to as well as every doctor my cousins went to all told us the same thing. “Lose 10-15 pounds and your PCOS will get better immediately.” As great as this news is, it’s a struggle not only because losing weight is not easy but also because insulin is a hormone within our bodies and as previously stated, women who struggle with PCOS struggle with the balance and regulation of hormones within their bodies.
How then does a woman with PCOS go about losing 10 – 15 pounds? Is it about cutting back on fat? How about carbs? Or could it just be a matter of portion control?
The truth of the matter is that when trying to lose weight when diagnosed with PCOS the focus should be on whole foods with a good balance of all macro-nutrients. This means that all of your meals should have a good amount of protein in them as well as almost identical amounts of fats and carbohydrates. By keeping your macro nutrients in line, your insulin levels can better be balanced which will effect your testosterone levels positively. And for anyone who is familiar with PCOS, this is a good thing.
A few other key diet rules to follow if you have PCOS is to cut out dairy and added sugars. The reasons are as follows; dairy comes from cows who are lactating – lactating cows need hormones to lactate, you aren’t lactating so you don’t need these hormones, but will get them if you consume dairy and these hormones will not help you regulate the hormones that are naturally occurring in your body. And sugar, well sugar is more or less a party for your insulin levels. But not the good kind of party, the bad kind that the cops end up showing up to… so stay away from white sugar that is added to processed foods.
To help you understand a day of eating for someone who has PCOS, here is a sample menu.
- Breakfast: Whole Wheat slice of Bread with Nut Butter and an Egg.
- Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread with Mustard, Avocado, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Tomato and Carrot Sticks on the Side
- Snack: Hummus with Pretzels
- Dinner: Grilled Chicken on a bed of Spinach with Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberries, Slivered Almonds as well as Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Do you or someone you know have PCOS?
If so, what has been the thing that has helped in the struggle?