"The No. 1 treatment for PCOS is not metformin or clomid or birth control
pills or spironolactone; but attaining and maintaining a normal weight through a good diet (low glycemic index) and regular exercise," says Dr. Serena H. Chen,
the director of reproductive endocrine and infertility at St. Barnabas Medical
"Losing weight or maintaining a normal weight will lower the risk for cancer,
and make PCOS patients much more responsive to treatment. For people who are
trying to conceive, it will improve responses to fertility drugs and not only
improve the pregnancy rate but lower the miscarriage rate."
Since losing all my weight I have gone to 2 different doctors, a holistic doctor specializing in women's care and my fertility specialist, both have repeatedly told me that because I've lost so much weight I have basically taken my fertility into my own hands. The effects of losing weight with PCOS is tremendous. By losing 5% body weight you can control your insulin levels which can restart ovulation and normalize your cycles.
Diet that follows a low glycemic index generally work best for people with PCOS. Carbs are what is most responsible for the spike in your blood sugar, but cutting out carbs completely is not recommended. Eating carbohydrates like whole grain breads and pastas should be included in your diet, but in moderation. 1-2 servings of complex carbohydrates with meals is perfect. A serving is considered 1/2 cup whole grain pasta and/or brown Rice or 1 slice of whole wheat bread. Reading labels to know the serving size is important.
To help your blood sugar from spiking, it's also beneficial to eat some protein along with the complex carbs. For instance, add a skinless chicken breast with your brown rice or eat turkey with your bread slice. The possibilities are endless!
Losing weight with PCOS can be very difficult but it is possible with the right diet and exercise. Because of the difficulty a lot of times you'll get discouraged and want to give up. Just remind yourself that it won't happen over night, it may not even happen in a month, but it will happen. Knowing that you have so much power in your health can be your biggest motivation.
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