Weight Loss: Tips for losing weight with PCOS

If you are someone who has PCOS and is struggling to loose weight then, here are a few tips that'll help you with the weight loss process. These tips will not only help you achieve your goal but will also improve the hormonal imbalance in your body.

Updated on Sep 04, 2019 03:27 PM IST  |  2.3M
Weight Loss: Tips for losing weight with PCOS
Weight Loss: Tips for losing weight with PCOS
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Weight loss, in general, is a bit difficult. In spite of following a healthy lifestyle and exercising daily, we still don't lose that extra fat. And weight loss becomes all the more difficult is we are suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS occurs due to hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, and/or the development of small cysts on one or both ovaries. And this makes it difficult for women with PCOS to shed those extra kgs. 


Every kilogram lost can help improve insulin resistance, hormone levels, menstrual cycles and overall quality of life in women with PCOS. If you are someone who has PCOS and is struggling to lose weight then, here are a few tips that'll help you with the weight loss process. It's simple, and if followed it can slowly help you achieve your goal.


Cut down on carbs:



Women suffering from PCOS should follow a low carb diet and should cut down on carbs as much as possible. Following a low carb diet will reduce insulin levels, which in turn will help with weight loss.


Consume enough protein:



Protein stabilizes blood sugar and will aid weight loss by reducing cravings and managing hunger hormones. Try adding healthy protein food items like eggs, nuts, milk and tofu to your diet. It will help with weight loss, especially for women with PCOS. 


Include fibre in your daily diet:



Fibre-rich food items help you stay full for long, and a high-fibre diet may also help with weight loss in women with PCOS. It'll reduce insulin resistance, body weight and excess body fat, which aids weight loss. 


Eat logically:



Women with PCOS are likely to experience more eating disorders than other women. Hence, mindful eating is essential for women with PCOS. Thinking logically before consuming anything will promote awareness and will also promote weight loss. 


Limit sugar intake:



It's imperative for women with PCOS to lose weight, since every weight loss can help with menstruation and hormonal imbalances. And to lose weight, refined carbs and added sugars should be cut down from the diet, since they increase blood sugar levels, which can lead to weight gain.


Exercise regularly:



Key to weight loss is following a good diet and exercising regularly. Especially when it comes to PCOS, both cardio and weight-training exercises may help women to reduce body fat and improve insulin sensitivity.


Sleep well:



Sleeping plays a key role in weight loss. Poor sleep is linked to obesity. Hence, increasing your sleep time can reduce body fat and promote weight loss.


Losing weight can be a struggle, but a balanced diet rich in fibre, and proteins and low in carbs can help in weight loss for women with PCOS. Regular exercise, stress management and sleep are all important to weight loss. So, if you have PCOS, then do consider following the above-mentioned tips.

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