If you are struggling to lose weight despite grueling gym schedules and strict diets, please get your hormones checked. You could be suffering from PCOS – Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.
According to a study, PCOS is one of the most widespread endocrine condition in fertile women. About 5-10 per cent of women suffer from it.
PCOS in a nutshell
- PCOS affects a woman physically and mentally.
- It may lead to infertility.
- PCOS sufferers tend to be more depressed and anxious.
- They are more prone to getting heart diseases, diabetes, and hypertension.
Diet for PCOS patients
Here are 7 tips to treat PCOS with a proper diet:
Keep a balance of your carb and protein intake. This averts insulin imbalance and increases fertility.
Pick your sugars intelligently. Stay away from white bread, white sugar, white flour, syrups, candies, cookies, pasta, and soft drinks.
Eat foods with low glycemic index. They digest slowly, keeping you full for longer and stabilizing your blood sugar. This is unlike high glycemic index foods that spike your blood sugar and then let it fall drastically.
Eat a high fiber diet. It helps to create a balance between hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Eat 4-5 small meals in a day instead of the traditional 3 big meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Do this: Eat a good breakfast. Then have a small brunch. Eat your lunch properly. Again, have a small snack at tea time. Have a light dinner. This keeps your energy level balanced and your metabolism in good shape. In turn, it helps to create a balance in hormones and overall body systems.
Include fatty acids in your daily diet. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, rice, and breakfast cereals contain them. They help to balance hormones.
Avoid caffeine-containing foods like coffee. It shoots up the level of estrogen.