Polycystic ovary syndrome, or commonly called PCOS, has become a common health issue among women. According to health experts, PCOS is one of the main reasons of infertility in Indian women. A few studies have shown that one in every five women suffers from PCOS in India. Not only does this condition impact your health, it has a major impact on your weight too. So what can you do for both weight loss and treating PCOS? We have explained here in detail.
A few common signs of PCOS
Irregular menstrual cycle: The main symptom of PCOS is an irregular menstrual cycle. It can also include menstrual cycle that occurs too frequently, absent periods, suffering from excessively heavy bleeding throughout your period and very painful cramps.
Oily skin or acne: Another sign of PCOS is oily skin. You may also experience acne and pimples even after adolescence and this acne usually doesn’t respond to any treatment.
Cysts in the ovary: A woman suffering from PCOS can also have small cysts in the ovaries.
Excess body hair: This condition affects more than 70 per cent of women and is called Hirsutism. It means excessive hair growth on face, abdomen, chest or upper thigh area.
Infertility: PCOS is a very common cause behind infertility.
Obesity: It has been observed that women who experience PCOS also face issues with weight. Researches have shown that up to 80 per cent of women who suffer from PCOS are obese.
What can you do to reverse PCOS and maintain weight?
If you lose weight, you are likely to reduce symptoms of PCOS. Studies show that even four to eight kilos of weight loss can help in regulating your menstrual cycle. This is because weight loss has been found to improve insulin levels and cholesterol. It also helps in relieving certain symptoms like acne and excess hair growth on body parts.
What can you do to reduce your weight?
Time and again we have been told to maintain a healthy body weight. Indeed reducing weight is a difficult task, blame it on your hectic schedule or daily mandatory errands. But if you are suffering from PCOS, you can easily reverse it by reducing extra body weight. Here we have given some basic tips to lose weight that will eventually help you in treating symptoms of PCOS.
Walk daily: Considering the fact that sedentary lifestyle has become the main reason for obesity, you must take out time for some physical activities. If hitting the gym is not on your to-do-list, then don’t miss out on walk. A 30- to 45-minute brisk walk can help you in reducing weight.
Avoid eating after 8 pm: Try to eat before 8 pm or keep a gap of at least three hours between your dinner and sleeping time. This will help you to digest food properly and will not result in gaining weight.
Eliminate processed and junk foods: It is rightly said that to maintain the right body weight, you need to focus on both diet and exercise (with the ratio being 70:30). Eating right and eliminating processed and junk foods will work in your favour.
Eat slowly: Chew your food slowly as eating fast can make you eat more. Also, when you’re 80 per cent full, stop eating your food. Do not overeat as it will be difficult for your body to burn extra calories.
Much on healthy snacks: Munch on healthy snacks like fruits, mixed nuts or Greek yoghurt. Opt for healthy options instead of eating unhealthy snacks.
Consult a doctor: If reducing weight is not helping in treating signs and symptoms of PCOS, then you must consult a gynaecologist. It is important to treat PCOS as it may lead to several serious health issues.