Weight loss has been the major recommendation by physicians for women with PCOS. Lifestyle
modifications including stress reduction, exercise, and group support, along with a decrease
in total energy intake, have had positive results. A weight decrease of only 5% of total body
weight is associated with decreased insulin levels, increased fertility, reduced hirsutism and
acne, and lower free testosterone levels.
Women with PCOS can lower their risk of developing diabetes and heart disease by exercising and eating
a healthy diet. However, some women with PCOS have trouble shedding their extra pounds. (source:
Journal of the American Dietetic Association)
Sticking to a special diet is a very important aspect of PCOS care. Some women with PCOS find success
by reducing their total intake of carbohydrates (cereals, breads, pastas) and choosing to eat different
types of carbohydrates that are less processed (whole wheat, brown rice, beans). Replacing manufactured
carbohydrate products with whole grains, fruits and vegetables can help to reduce your insulin response.
The diet also should include enough protein to control the amount of sugar in the blood. (source:
According to many studies, women with PCOS can improve their insulin resistance just with moderate
activity. Even if you exercise and don't lose weight, you are still reaping very important health
benefits. Exercise has been shown to improve use of insulin and can support dietary interventions to
promote weight loss; it is important that the exercise program chosen is enjoyable for the PCOS woman.
Below are a few of the eating plans that Soul Cysters have had success with.
Many of us have lost 10, 50, even 100 lbs! Visit the Diet & Exercise section of the message board for our success stories!
Glycemic Impact Diet
South Beach Diet
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