Unfortunately weight gain and stubborn belly fat are VERY common and frustrating symptoms of PCOS that can really affect ones self confidence and quality of life.
There are so many ‘fad’ or restrictive diets that often get suggested in the PCOS community, and although they may work for some, they will not work or be sustainable for all.
But the good news? There are ways to help!
Here are 5 EASY, proven and sustainable things that you can try today help to with PCOS weight loss:
1. EAT BREAKFAST.
seriously don’t skip it! And also make sure it is LOADED up with good fats (omega 3s) and protein, this will help stabilise blood sugar levels and also increase feelings of fullness after a meal.
In one study, women with PCOS were given either a diet with more than 40% of calories from protein and 30% from fat — or a standard diet. The women in the high-protein/ fat group lost an average of 9.7 pounds (4.4 kg) after 6 months which was significantly more than those in the control group
2. Add CINNAMON.
This stuff is MAGIC for PCOS! ✨
A randomised controlled clinical trial has provided evidence that cinnamon supplementation improves menstrual cyclicity and may be an effective treatment option for some women with PCOS.
IMPORTANT NOTE– You want to be aiming for high quality organic true Ceylon cinnamon to get MAXIMUM health benefits such as balancing blood sugar levels, boosting metabolism and reducing cravings. @pcostowellnessco blends Cysterhood and Chaihoodboth contain the highest quality organic true Ceylon cinnamon so you can rest assured you will get the full weight loss benefits too.
3. Eat MINDFULLY.
Did you know that women with PCOS are THREE times more likely to have an eating disorder. Mindful eating promotes an increased awareness of bodily cues, such as hunger and fullness and studies suggest that mindful eating practices may be linked to weight loss and help reduce binge eating.
4. Get good quality SLEEP.
Many people with PCOS my also experience sleep disturbances. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase the activity of hormones that drive hunger, such as ghrelin and cortisol, which may cause you to eat more throughout the day and is associated with a higher risk of being overweight or obese.Additionally, studies have linked better-quality sleep to fat loss. In one study, healthy adults who slept less than 6 hours per night had a 12% higher risk of developing belly fat compared to those who slept 6–8 hours a night.
Our ZENHOOD tea has been specifically formulated and contains organic natural herbs that have been proven to help soothe the adrenals, decrease stress (another big contributor to weight loss!) and promote healthy restorative sleep for optimal hormone balance and weight loss.
5. Dont UNDER EAT.
Long-term calorie restriction can actually low down your metabolism. Although calorie restriction is likely to lead to short-term weight loss, over time, the body adapts to this restriction by reducing the number of overall calories it burns, which can lead to weight regain. Eating too few calories can negatively impact hormones that control appetite as well. Instead of under eating or restricting you could try the ‘crowd it out method’ which aims to load up up your plate with as many plant based whole foods as possible and essentially in the process you may find you inadvertently consume less of the processed/ inflammatory foods you are trying to avoid.
One study suggested that by eating more vegetables and whole foods — while reducing consumption of processed foods, refined grains, and added sugars — helped promote weight loss without restricting calories.
I hope this is helpful?
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Dr. Hina is a fertility specialist and radiologist working as a IUI Consultant. She is a beacon of hope for couples on their journey to parenthood, specializing in fertility treatment and serving as a trusted IUI consultant. With an impressive 8 years of experience in the field, she has witnessed the transformative power of reproductive medicine firsthand and is driven by a deep passion to help individuals realize their dreams of starting a family. Read More