Treating PCOS Symptoms – Weight Loss / Gain
Individuals with PCOS with elevated insulin and androgen levels are in an anabolic state, i.e., it is very easy to gain weight and difficult to lose weight. Weight loss efforts are often aided by androgen, insulin suppression as well as following a PCOS diet and regular aerobic activity. The PCOS diet focuses on eating 5-6 small meals a day, limiting simple carbohydrates. This diet prevents the large spikes in sugar/insulin production throughout the day. With weight loss an individual loses the added peripheral insulin resistance associated with obesity. This is likely to have long-term metabolic benefits, lessening the risks for diabetes and heart disease.