Losing weight can be a struggle for women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Lifestyle plays an essential role in this condition. Regular exercise, stress management, and proper sleep are essential in losing weight. A well balanced diet which is low in inflammatory foods like refined carbs and highly processed foods but rich in whole foods, protein, healthy fats, and fibre might be beneficial for weight loss. Certain supplements may help as well.
Various medicines have been approved for treating various symptoms of PCOS like birth control pills, anti-androgen medications and Metformin (Glucophage). Metformin is a diabetes drug which helps the body in utilising insulin better and reduces testosterone production. There is a research which found that this drug can help obese women suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) to lose weight.
Consumption of high fibre and low sugar diets can help in losing weight. Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid processed and fatty foods. This will keep your blood sugar levels under control. Consult your doctor or dietician in case you are facing trouble in planning a healthy diet for yourself.
Divide your meals into four to six smaller meals throughout the day. Follow exercise routines of minimum 30-minutes 5 days a week at least. Tracking your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and quitting smoking will also help in weight loss.
Having said that, controlling the diet does not mean undereating, as long-term calorie restriction may slow down your metabolism. Although calorie restriction is likely to lead to short-term weight loss, however, the body adapts to this restriction by reducing the number of overall calories it burns over time, which can lead to weight regain. Healthy gut bacteria may play a role in metabolism and weight maintenance. Studies suggest that women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) may have fewer healthy gut bacteria than women without this condition. Research suggests that certain probiotic strains may have positive impacts on weight loss.
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