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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Weight Loss Tips for Women With PCOS

Though Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause infertility, women can get pregnant even with this condition! Here, a registered nurse shares several tips for weight loss for women with PCOS – because a side effect of PCOS is weight gain, and obesity can be an obstacle to pregnancy.

“Obesity or persistent weight gain is one of the most common side effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,” says Tania Tod, R.N. “For a woman dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome it can be very difficult to lose weight, even when observing a very strict diet and regularly exercising.”

For more information on getting pregnant even with PCOS, read PCOS and Your Fertility. And, here are Tod’s weight loss tips for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome…

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Obesity

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disorder and one of the major causes of hormonally related infertility for women, yet the disorder remains largely undiagnosed and unknown. About five million women in the United States are affected by it.

There are many different reasons why women with PCOS could be overweight, including:

  • Genetics
  • Biochemical disorders
  • Gland problems
  • Overconsumption of dense foods in the diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle and no regular exercise routine
  • Poor dietary choices
  • Chronic stress
  • Food allergies
  • Overeating
  • Sodium retention

Most women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome who are trying to conceive will have a variety of different factors which can be linked to obesity.  There are certain weight loss tips for women living with PCOS that can help them lose weight…. 

Weight Loss Tips for Women With PCOS

Engage in a regular exercise routine for at least 30 minutes per day, three or four times per week.  The routine can include walking, cycling, swimming, tennis, aerobics, weight lifting, racquet ball or some other form of physical activity that will burn fat and calories.

Pay attention to the foods being eaten and limit consumption of calorie-dense, fat laden foods, limit alcohol consumption which has empty calories.  Incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Incorporate healthy, nutritious food choices into the diet and drink 6-8 large glasses of water per day and eat lower calorie, protein packed snacks in order to curb midday hunger and to avoid experiencing a dip in insulin levels which could lead to binging on unhealthy foods. Also, make sure you avoid certain foods when you’re trying to get pregnant.

Do not eat unless hungry and pay attention to the hunger signals the body gives off which will help a woman maintain steady insulin levels and avoid weight gain related to overeating.

Women with PCOS frequently suffer from insulin resistance, meaning the body does not respond quickly enough to high levels of glucose.  The female body’s sluggish response results in bigger amounts of insulin being made to metabolize a certain amount of sugar.  When the condition continues without treatment the woman can become obese and experience diabetic complications.

For some women with PCOS, high levels of androgen or the male hormone are present in the body.  It is believed that high insulin levels increase the ovaries’ production of androgen.  High androgen production is not common in women that do not have PCOS, but researchers must still study the topic more. 

Thankfully, there are weight loss tips for women living with Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome, which will increase their chances of getting pregnant.  The most important thing for any woman suffering from PCOS is to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight if obese.  By adhering to a healthy, balanced diet and following a regular exercise program it is possible keep body weight at a normal level and maintain the side effects and symptoms of PCOS. 

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Tania Tod, R.N., has worked as a certified Personal Fitness and Aerobic Trainer for nine years. This year, she started trying to conceive a baby. Her newest blog is Trying to Conceive.com, where she shares her thoughts and experience with the world.

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3 thoughts on “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Weight Loss Tips for Women With PCOS”

  1. Before going for any diet plan, you need to consider your eating habits. Check your daily intake of calories with respect to your gender requirement (males need more calories). Analyze if you were eating the right way or not. Make a checklist of items that should be dropped from your daily routine, if you are determined to lose weight.

  2. I agree, working out is really important – not only for losing weight, but
    to maintain optimal health. For women who try to lose weight cardio
    workout is number 1, including light weights with many repetitions (also
    counts as cardio), while women who are trying to conceive or who are
    already pregnant should definitely avoid heavy lifting.

  3. I STRONGLY recommend working out with weights as well as doing regular cardio. As a guy who spends far too much time in front of a computer, I can assure you it helps a lot.