Have you ever wondered why diets don't work for you? Maybe you need a "PCOS Diet Plan".
Have you noticed that you can consume exactly the same amount of dietary calories as your friend, but you will gain weight while your friend does not?
Although some women with polycystic ovary syndrome are thin, the majority have a weight problem. In spite of their best efforts, they seem to gain weight no matter what they do.
A possible reason for this dilemma is that you have inherited "thrifty" genes that were great for survival in times of famine in ancient times, but are not appropriate for the unlimited abundance of food in our modern times.
This is borne out by a recent study at the University of Pittsburgh where the diet of PCOS women was compared with women who did not have polycystic ovary syndrome. The study found that although PCOS women tended to be more overweight, there was virtually no difference in the dietary intake of the two groups.
However, when lean PCOS women were compared to lean normals, the investigators found that the lean PCOS women consumed fewer calories than other lean women. In other words, lean PCOS women consume fewer calories in order to maintain their weight compared to normal lean women.
This study suggests that women with polycystic ovarian syndrome tend to gain more weight with the same amount of calories as compared to other women.
In other words, you can consume exactly the same amount of dietary calories as your friend, but you will gain weight while your friend will not.
If you're trying to lose weight but are not succeeding, it's not necessarily because you don't have willpower. So don't let your doctor or others make you feel guilty when you can't seem to lose weight.
Since many PCOSers have a problem with weight, some have wondered whether they are eating differently compared to "normal" women. A study from the University of Alabama may shed some light on this issue.
In general, they found that PCOS and non-PCOS women consumed a similar amount of total calories, and the overall composition of the diet was similar.
However, the polycystic ovary syndrome group consumed significantly more white bread and fried potatoes. High glycemic foods like these are precisely the wrong foods for improving your health and relieving your symptoms.
White bread is a refined carbohydrate that has virtually no nutritional value. Fried potatoes are loaded with free radical molecules that stimulate inflammation, which is a process you are trying to prevent. This is why these foods are on the "do not eat" list in this ebook.
The best long-term solution we know of is to develop a set of habits that will build your health and offset your genetic tendencies to conserve weight and have your hormones be out of balance.
You can't change your genes. But you can change your dietary and lifestyle habits, which will influence your genes.
Therefore, you need to have a PCOS diet plan, a plan that will work to offset your genetic tendencies, help you lose weight, regain a normal cycle, and have fewer other symptoms such as acne, hair loss, or hirsutism (excessive hair growth).
A successful PCOS diet plan consists of several essential actions:
Douglas, CC et al, Difference in dietary intake between women with polycystic ovary syndrome and healthy controls, Fertil Steril. 2006 Jun 5; [Epub ahead of print]
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