Not all women with PCOS have problems with their weight, although most do. About 60% of women with PCOS also have trouble reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. For many women with PCOS this is the biggest problem they face and it is really difficult to address.
Women with PCOS need to learn the value of controlling their blood sugar. Eating too much sugar causes a spike in blood sugar, which results in the body storing the extra energy as fat. The problem for women with PCOS is that they are much more efficient at storing fat than they are at burning it for energy. This does not mean that if you have PCOS you will never be able to consume sugar, it just means that you need to be very careful with your sugar intake because eating a lot of sugar and turning it into body fat is a really hard cycle to break.
The uneven blood sugar level that leads to relentless weight gain can also lead to difficulties with fertility. For some women with PCOS, the difficulty getting pregnant is strongly tied to what is happening to their blood sugar. If you have PCOS, balancing your blood sugar is key to achieving weight loss and getting pregnant.
People with PCOS gain weight much more easily than people without it. For this reason, if you have PCOS, you should pay attention to your sugar intake at each meal throughout the day. It’s an important part of how you can enjoy well-deserved weight loss success.
When it comes to mealtime, women with PCOS need to eat plenty of high-fiber foods to lose weight. High-fiber foods should take up half your plate, and at least a quarter of your plate should be protein such as fish, beef, or chicken. You should also try to keep your total carbohydrates, including sugars, low (25-30 grams) for what you eat at any one meal.
Another way to help maintain your blood sugar, in addition to being mindful of your sugar intake, is to take certain herbs and supplements. One of these natural medicines is the herb called fenugreek, which is helpful in reducing sugar cravings. Fenugreek is available in health food stores, sometimes in pharmacies, grocery stores, and ethnic grocery stores. It comes in various forms, including leaves, seeds, and powder. Research indicates that fenugreek appears to be helpful in improving blood sugar balance by specifically slowing the absorption of sugars in the stomach and promoting insulin production.
In addition to monitoring your sugar intake and adding herbs and supplements to your diet, good sleep habits and other lifestyle changes can help. Blood sugar control is key and can lead to success when it comes to losing weight with PCOS.