PCOS and weight loss

How can you alleviate the symptoms of PCOS?

As there is no absolute medical cure, one of the most effective ways to deal with PCOS is to make changes to lifestyle habits. In this way, the symptoms can be managed. The following may help to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS including:

  • regular exercise
  • a healthy diet
  • weight control
  • no smoking

These can all help reduce PCOS symptoms and the risks for further health complications diminish.

Symptom of PCOS

PCOS has a wide range of symptoms; those suffering from the condition may experience from only a few, to all of them. Below are the most common symptoms:

Irregular/Heavy Periods – With PCOS, periods are often irregular and difficult. They could be very painful, lasting longer than ‘normal’ or at the other extreme, they be few and far between.

Difficulty in conceiving – PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility for women, even if the period is present, there may be no ovulation occurring.

Pregnancy complications – Women who suffer from obesity and PCOS are more likely to have complicated pregnancies such as high blood pressure which can develop into pre-eclampsia; diabetes and miscarriages.

Hair loss and hair excessive hair growth – Hair loss is brought about due to high levels of testosterone found in women with PCOS, resulting in hair loss. High levels of male hormones, such as testosterone and androgen, can also cause excessive hair growth on the chin, above the lips and on the sides of the face.

Sweating profusely – excessive sweating often happens with PCOS.

Acne – PCOS can cause acne, as well as other skin changes, such as the development of darkened patches of skin.

Mood fluctuations – Emotional mood swings, nervousness and depression may all result from PCOS.

Sleep difficulties/tiredness – PCOS often causes problems such as insomnia or poor sleep, as well as an unusual condition called apnoea, where a person will stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep. Women who have PCOS often suffer from decreased energy and increased tiredness.

Low blood sugar levels and insulin resistance – PCOS may also be linked to an excess of insulin and low blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar levels can cause unpleasant side effects such as headaches, dizziness, irritability and cravings.

PCOS is linked to causing insulin resistance - a condition in which the body does not respond normally to insulin. It can cause such things as prediabetes or diabetes and other health disorders.

Weight gain – PCOS can trigger weight gain, particularly around the middle, often leading to obesity. It is estimated that half of the women suffering from PCOS are obese.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is made harder for those with PCOS. However, despite this, it is possible to get one’s weight under control. If you do, it can help to regulate periods and ovulation, balance hormones levels and reduce excessive hair growth.

How can the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme help you with your weight loss?

One of the key factors of The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme is helping to regulate ones blood sugar levels. Excessive amounts of insulin leads to fat storage.

No matter how much you diet or how much you exercise, high insulin levels can make it very difficult to lose weight. The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme uses foods with the purpose of having a beneficial impact on lowering insulin levels.

Remember for PCOS sufferers, getting weight levels to, and maintained in normal range should be considered a lifelong process, rather than a short-term fix. This can only help reduce all the symptoms of PCOS.

The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme is a healthy step-by-step approach, helping a person change to another way of eating where they can comfortably lose their weight and help maintain it.

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