PCOS is caused by an imbalance of several sex hormones, and for that reason weight gain and most of all difficulty in losing weight are very common problems women with PCOS must deal with. This issue is in strong correlation with insulin resistance that many women with PCOS face with: their body opposes the effects of insulin and thus produces more in order to compensate. Because this resistance keeps insulin levels constantly high, blood sugar levels are kept constantly low. This imbalance is the main reason for sugary carbs cravings, and most of all responsible women with PCOS easily put on weight, and loose it so hard.
If you are PCOS sufferer, do not let these words overcome you: there is a solution! While in some cases only drug treatments with Clomid and similar may help, in some cases small lifestyle changes can help you deal with all potential dangers and most of all help you live your life to the full. As you are probably aware, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and it does not have to happen to you.
If you make small dietary changes and follow PCOS diet and add some moderate exercise to your everyday routine, you can make a huge difference for your life. Some studies suggest that losing between 5 to 10% of excess body weight is enough to reduce the risk of getting diabetes and heart disease. So small steps can make huge changes in your life and additionally improve fertility.
There is no one who can make this happen for your - you are the only one who can make that difference. If you have discussed this topic with your fertility doctor, I am sure he or she has advised you to take special attention of the carbs intake, in an effort to combat the effects of insulin resistance.
Limiting sugary carbs and replacing them with whole grain carbs generally, helps to keep blood sugar stable which makes you feel fuller for a longer time. Nutritional recommendations include consuming whole wheat pasta and wholemeal bread. There is also some evidence available claiming nutrition high in proteins such as fish, tofu and lean meat (chicken breasts for example) minimizes dangerous rises in insulin. Of course, you should never forget the healthy fruits and veggies.
The main secret is taking the time to eat five small meals. I know you don t have the time but do take the time it is your life we are talking about.
Find at least 30 minutes a day for moderate cardio exercise: this includes taking a walking, dancing, swimming, cycling anything that will make your heart beat only slightly faster. Take one step at a time. Do not be disappointed if you find you are not losing weight not as fast as you would like. Follow the advice given above, and you will see those pounds constantly drop off.