PCOS Weight Loss Guide You Must Read!
PCOS weight loss is a challenging area for women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome who are obese or overweight.
It is one of the well-known treatment options amongst women. While
counseling an obese women about PCOS treatment options, she was quick to
tell me she knows the first thing I would say to her is weight loss,
and she is aware of that already!
I understand it can be very
frustrating to have to deal with both the cosmetic effects of excess
weight and its effects on PCOS symptoms. Another woman said she is
hurting, tried her best and and almost exhausted her means with weight
loss plans to no avail.
I want to provide a general advice here
that could be of help to you. I think the most important factor in any
weight loss plan or program is the person and not the program. Any
program will likely work for the right person. These are some some
general principles to help you in your weight loss plan.Please read
carefully and be free to use the Contact Doc form if you have any
Why Is PCOS Weight Loss Difficult?
The metabolic and hormonal imbalances in a woman predispose to weight
gain. High insulin and androgen levels in PCOS favor extra weight gain.
Therefore loosing weight with PCOS is not just trying to shed off some
extra pounds but fighting an underlying disease process that will seem
to counteract your efforts.
Benefits Of PCOS Weight Loss
I know you might already be familiar with the benefits of loosing
weight in PCOS. Weight loss of as little as 5% to 7% over 6 months can
reduce androgen levels enough to restore ovulation and fertility in more
than 75% of women who have PCOS.4
These benefits of include
- Improvement in the hormonal environment by reducing insulin and androgens.
- Restoration of normal cycles
- Improve fertility
- Reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke associated with PCOS.
- Improves your overall health.
What Factors Control Weight?
Women often get frustrated when a supposed wonderful weight loss
program that worked for some relative or friend they know seems to do
little or nothing to them. I usually tell women- You are you, and not
her! Things do not often work that way. This is the source of a lot of
frustration and unnecessary expenditures for many women. It will pay by
just realizing that you are unique and different and the fact that the
plan did not work for you does not imply something is wrong with you.
That other woman has found what worked for her so go ahead and know what is right for you.
gain and loss are not similar for all women. Your age, metabolism, and
genetics also play an important role in how you gain and lose weight. It
is important therefore to learn your body, not a textbook body or the
body of some woman out there with a great success story. Use what these
all have and adapt them to your specific case.
An Important Principle
Take a look at the crude diagram below illustrating the most fundamental
concept in losing weight. I hope it does catch your attention for that
is the purpose!
Did you notice the amount of water inside the tank is determined by the
amount that gets in from the water tap above and that which gets out at
the leakage below? There is nothing more important to understand than this simple diagram in loosing weight. You cannot outsmart it neither will you succeed if you neglect it.
gets IN are the calories which are taken in by your diet. What gets out
is the amount of calories you loose a day. Exercise is the most
important mechanism that you can alter to control how much calories you
will loose. Your weight is a balance of the two as below
Calories In = Calories OUT No change in your weight
Calories IN greater than Calories OUT You gain weight because the excess calories stays in your body
Calories IN less than Calories OUT Yupeee, you loose weight
shows the good interplay between diet and exercise to loose weight.
They work best together. Not watching IN and trying to increase OUT by
exercise will burn you out. Being too strict with what goes IN by
extreme dieting and neglecting OUTing by exercise will make you loose
your life to watching your diet. Avoid extremes.
principle is to know how to manage calories IN by what you eat and
Calories OUT by exercise. No matter the weight loss plan or program,
everything tends to settle on this simple principle. If you understand
it and put it to good use, even your weight loss program designed in
your house will work for you! You can get professional advice from a
dietician and your doctor on how best to do this. Remember that even the
worse weight loss plan will succeed with the right person who has a
good motivation and understanding of these simple basics.
So Back To PCOS Weight Loss
Nobody likes to always hear that her problems are because of her
weight. Though this could be the truth. Beware of extremes, unnecessary
expenditures and any quick schemes. I would also caution that you do not
try to loose the weight overnight and it did not come overnight too! As
you gained it, so loose it.
If you understand that you are unique and so her
strategy might not be your strategy, that the overall principle in
weight loss is OUT more than IN, and that the most important factor for
success in any weight loss strategy is you and not the plan, then you
are set on a path that would likely lead to achieve PCOS weight loss.
You are not just trying to loose weight but fight an underlying disease
which counteracts your moves.
I have met women battered by weight
loss problems. Be patient, set your goals and gradually work towards it.
If you need help, it will pay to see a dietician for diet counseling
and your doctor for exercise programs that might help in your IN-OUT
daily work. Now your journey to PCOS weight loss, a new one or a repeat!
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