How To Lose Weight With PCOS-5 Science-Based Tips
If you’re a woman with PCOS, you’ve probably noticed it’s much harder for you to lose weight. This is due to the hormonal imbalance caused by this syndrome.
I myself have PCOS and I completely understand how you feel. That annoying belly fat that never seems to go away no matter what you do. The fact that you just gain weight much easier than other people.
It isn’t fair. Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you won’t succeed in losing weight. And it can be confusing to distinguish what foods you should eat on your diet compared to other people because your body may react to the food differently because of PCOS.
Like I said, I know how you feel. And when I started out with weight loss and wanted to change my body, I didn’t know where to turn because there’s so much information out there and I didn’t know which was for me.
In this article, I will specifically try to help women with PCOS who are struggling with weight loss.
And if I was able to break free of the thought that weight loss is simply impossible for me, so can you! Because although it may be harder for us, it is more than possible! And here are some important tips which will help you figure out what to do exactly!
1.Cut down on sugar, even in fruits
Yeah, we all have those sugar cravings that are so hard to resist. And you probably think I’m crazy saying fruits are bad for weight loss.
I’m not saying fruits aren’t packed with minerals and vitamins. They are! But there’s also so much sugar in something as innocent as a banana. A medium banana has about 15 grams of sugar!
By saying this, I don’t intend to convince you to stop eating fruits for good. Only for when you’re losing weight. Because women with PCOS turn sugar into fat much quicker than other people because of their high insulin resistance.
So in order to reach the maximum results in weight loss, just avoid sugar, even in fruits, for a little while.
Exercising is definitely not for everyone. And if it’s not for you, I completely understand and won’t try to convince you to work out regularly by going to the gym.
By saying be active I mean just try to move as much as possible. This is extremely important when losing weight, especially if you have PCOS.
Because staying active helps regulate your hormonal imbalances and bodily functions. This is very important because the hormonal imbalances are what cause you the struggles with weight loss.
Just try to walk around as much as possible. Whenever you have some free time, I suggest going for a walk. Or maybe try an easy morning workout. It’s so easy yet helps a huge deal with weight loss!
There are so many possibilities to stay active in between daily tasks. So saying you have no time or money is no excuse!
3.Avoid hormonal disrupters
If you have PCOS, then your hormones are already imbalanced. And this really messes with weight loss. But your hormonal imbalance is manageable!
You should make sure to avoid hormonal disrupters, such as irregular sleep and stress. It may seem that sleep and stress have nothing to do with weight loss but they actually play a huge roll, especially if you have PCOS.
4.Don’t fear fats
Many people wrongfully assume that all fats are bad for weight loss because they make you fat.
That couldn’t be further from the truth! Fats are super important for weight loss, especially if you have PCOS as they help regulate your hormones.
But avoid saturated fats, such as butter. Non-saturated fats are what you need. Vegetable oils, fish, nuts, chia seeds, etc.
Omega-3 is especially great as it lowers testosterone levels. And if you’re someone who doesn’t like fish and other products with omega-3, don’t worry! You can take omega-3 supplements.
5.Eat the right carbs
You’ve probably heard before about the right or the wrong carbs for weight loss but never understood exactly what this means.
It can be tricky, I know, but let me try to explain it in a simple way.
Basically, the “right” carbs for weight loss are those that have a low glycemic index which indicates how fast carbs are turned into fat in your body.