Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has become as common as common cold these days. It affects at least one in every ten women aging towards puberty. PCOS is an aftermath of a hormonal imbalance in women wherein the testosterone levels shoots up in the body causing an array of symptomatic reactions.
A woman with PCOS is prone to weight gain, pelvic pain, acne, depression and irregular menstrual cycles. But that’s only as far as the horror factors go. Firstly, like I have mentioned before, PCOS has become indescribably common among women of a certain age these days. Secondly, with a treatment, proper diet and exercise schedule, PCOS is quite curable.
Here are a few tips and tricks for you to keep in mind and compile them with your treatment to stay several steps ahead of PCOS.
PCOS and Weight gain
Between PCOS and body weight, it’s a long, enticing affair that takes place. PCOS makes it difficult for the body to use insulin; a hormone that is responsible for converting food starch into energy. As a result, your body becomes insulin resistant, and stores up the energy as fat instead of burning it out. High insulin levels make it a troublesome affair to maintain a manageable weight.
Diet tips that work wonders with PCOS
Carbohydrates are one of those food components that really make your insulin levels tick. But not all carbs are the bad guys. It’s the simple carbs that you need to watch out for. Even if you gulp down foods with the same amount of carbohydrate, the effect they will have on your insulin level will vary depending on the type of carb that you have consumed. So, it helps to stay wide awake every time you go grocery shopping. Make a few necessary tweaks to your grocery list and consumption pattern, and before you know your PCOS will be an ancient thing in the past.Next time you go to the departmental store, make sure you pick whole grains over multi-grains. You could switch from cornflakes to wheat flakes or oatmeal as far as breakfast is concerned. Here’s another small fix you can pull. Swap your white bread with its brown counterpart and do the same with your rice. It’s always more advisable (and beneficial) to eat whole fruits instead of drinking canned juices. And, most importantly let not those ‘fat-free’ levels laugh it off at you; they are secretly loaded with a truck full of sugar.
To further fine tune your PCOS diet; build up on smart snacking habits. Open a packet of unsalted peanuts rather than salted potato chips. Having a tantrum with the sweet tooth? Smoothen it out with tidbits of dark chocolate. Rely on water (and water alone) to quench your thirst. Choose this essential and harmless liquid to curb down your soda and soft drink pangs entirely.Eating a little consciously can take you a long way to get rid of PCOS. Top up your dietary efforts with your regular exercise alongside your treatment, and there’s no reason why your hormones won’t fall into place along with your life.