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PCOS Weight Loss: An Effective Way to Loss Weight if You Have PCOS

Updated on January 15, 2014

What Is PCOS?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome also referred to as the condition of our time, is a collection of symptoms that do not have to all happen together or to the same person. Some of the main symptoms are:

  • Menstrual Distubance
  • Hyperandrogenism
  • Infertility.

The disease is said to affect 1 out of 10 women or 1 out of 20 women of childbearing age.

The causes are not know but some studies have tried to link it to:

  • Insulin Resistance
  • Genetic/Environmental Factors
  • Polycystic Ovaries


Symptoms of PCOS

Unfortunately, polycystic ovarian syndrome can go undiagnosed and untreated for many years as the condition can be mistaken for other diseases with like symptoms.

Other symptoms include:

  • Weight Gain/Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Oily Skin
  • Dandruff
  • Dandruff
  • Excess Body Hair
  • Sleep Apnea

PCOS and Obesity Connection Infographic


PCOS and Weight Gain: What is the Connection?

When your Body Mass Index (BMI) falls within the 25- 30 range, you are said to be overweight. A BMI above 30 puts you in the obese group.

The condition of obesity is usually due to excess fat stored in the body. It can increase your risk of developing a heart disease and diabetes.

Note: Not all women who have PCOS are obese and not all obese women have PCOS.

About 50-60% of women with the condition are overweight. In these women, insulin resistance is said to be the underlying cause.

Insulin acts through a receptor to cause glucose to be converted to energy that is used up by the body. When the receptor is not processing the insulin produced, Insulin Resistance, it causes an increase in the level of insulin and a build up of sugar in the blood.

As time goes on the increase in sugar level may lead to diabetes and weight gain.

Insulin Resistance (Impaired Glucose Tolerance) in Summary

  • Insuline is the hormone responsible for the uptake of glucose by the body for energy.
  • Insulin can only process glycose through a receptor.
  • When the receptor is not working as it should, the level of insulin goes up to try to make up for this defect. This inturn rises the blood sugar level and the fats stores.
  • In response, to increases insulin, the testosterone produced in the ovaries, increases.

Why You Have to Loss Weight with PCOS

Most women with polycystic ovary syndrome are struggling with overweight or obesity. Many have tried to lose weight and many have failed. Again and again, most women have tried to lose weight and after many trials, have decided to give up. Being overweight is bad enough, but have PCOS and being overweight can be quite dangerous.

Here are some reasons why you have to lose weight if you have the disease. Excessive weight can:

  • Cause Ovulation to stop which leads to infertility.
  • Cause acne and worsen it.
  • Lead to depression, low self esteem and isolation.
  • Increase risk of heart disease and diabetes for women who have it.
  • Cause and increase excessive hair growth.
  • Create not just tiredness, but exhaustion.
  • Be the cause of mood swings.
  • Decrease patient's quality of life.
  • Cause energy slumps.
  • Increase the complications of pregnancy.
  • Increase your future child's risk of heart disease, Diabetes and PCOS

You Have PCOS, PCOS does NOT Have You.

Losing Weight With PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is not known to have any cure, but the effects of its symptoms can be controlled. There is no single known method used to treat this condition, so for effective results, those affected by the disease need to approach the treatment in a holistic way, that is to say, a combination of medication, diet and lifestyle changes.

When losing weight with PCOS, women with the condition should first of all consult their physician for advise and then a dietician to help plan their diet. Although, there are many resources that can be found online on diet and recipes for losing weight, it never hurts to get an experts opinion.

Diet plays a very important role in any weight loss program, and even more so, with PCOS weight loss. These diets are specially planned to help women with the health condition to minimize the effects of the condition and at the same time cut off unwanted fats without triggering an increase in the insulin level.

Another important aspect of the weight loss is lifestyle changes. Drinking, smoking will have to go. You will need to increase your daily activities through consistent exercises, and if exercise is not your thing, you can go biking or walking.


In managing the symptoms of PCOS especially, weight lose, diet plays a very important role. Unlike other diet plan, a PCOS diet need not be strict, since the sufferer will have to get use to this meal for a very long time to come, it makes sense to make the diet flexible enough to easily change as their needs changes.

A PCOS diet is not only required to help lose weight, it also helps to eliminate the chances of developing other health complications that may arise from your insulin resistance, such as
early adult onset diabetes.

When planning a PCOS diet, it is important to have in mind the vital principles of an effective PCOS diet which are:

  1. Control Your Intake Portion
  2. Be Aware of Your Calories Consumption
  3. Stick to a Healthy Heart Diet
  4. Avoid Alcohol.

When planning a PCOS diet, some foods will have to be included in the plan.

  • Fruits and Vegetables: These are natural, whole foods that help in restoring the body’s hormonal balance. They are therefore essential in a PCOS diet.
  • Low Carbohydrate: Increased carbohydrate in diet can lead to increase in blood sugar which in turn can increase the fat in the body, causing excessive weight gain.
  • No Refine Sugar: Insulin resistance is said to be an underlying cause of PCOS. Increase in refine sugar intake can increase blood sugar level which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating Organic Foods. As much as possible, PCOS patients should eat more of organic foods.

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