The majority of women affected with PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, are either overweight or obese.
The underlying insulin resistance problem present in most of these women predisposes them to weight gain or make weight loss almost impossible.
In addition to weight problems, PCOS is also characterized by
- irregular or absent periods,
- abnormal facial and body hair,
- thinning scalp hair,
- cysts on the ovaries and fertility issues.
Lifestyle changes are crucial to improve hormonal balance and relieve the symptoms associated with this endocrine disorder.
Insulin resistance appears to be part of the hormonal imbalances and disturbances involved in PCOS. Insulin is necessary to prevent your blood sugar levels from rising too high following the consumption of carbohydrate-containing foods such as sugar, grains, starchy vegetables and fruits.
However, with PCOS, your body does not respond properly to normal levels of insulin and your pancreas has to secrete more and more insulin to achieve the desired result.
Insulin resistance is associated with high insulin levels, or hyperinsulinemia, which promote fat storage and hinder weight loss.
Low-fat diet plans are generally ineffective in women with PCOS, mainly because these diets tend to be high in carbohydrates which lead to high insulin levels, promote insulin resistance and prevent fat loss. In addition to leaving you feeling hungry, low-fat diets will not help you deal with your PCOS symptoms and the underlying resistance effectively.
Instead, you need to adopt a diet that will help you lower your insulin levels and deal with your insulin resistance problem to be successful at losing weight, like the Manna Weight Loss program in the free e-book.
Insulin is secreted in response to the consumption of carbohydrates, so restricting your carb intake will help you lower your circulating insulin levels and the accompanying insulin resistance.
More than half of the calories in the typical diet are provided by carbohydrates, but women with PCOS should try to get no more than 20 percent of their calories from carbs.
Start tracking your daily carbohydrate intake and gradually decrease your carb consumption until you start losing weight at a steady pace.
For most women with PCOS, a carb intake varying between 50 g and 100 g a day produces best results.
Other Important Factors
Lowering your carbohydrate intake will help you decrease your insulin levels and reduce your insulin resistance. Moreover, a weight loss of five to 10 percent of your initial body weight can significantly improve your insulin sensitivity, which will help to alleviate or even resolve some of your PCOS symptoms.
Physical activity is also an important factor not only for weight loss, but also for decreasing insulin resistance. Try walking 30 minutes most days of the week for best results and effective weight loss and maintenance.
Supplement for PCOS
Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to reduce your body’s insulin requirement. When you help to control your blood sugar levels with this product, the pancreas will release less insulin.