PCOS and Weight Loss - Part 1
Do you find it nearly impossible to lose weight, even if you're on a diet?
This is a typical problem for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. This article will describe why it may be very easy for you to convert food into fat weight.
Here are a few possible reasons why you may be overweight:
- You have "thrifty genes".
- Biochemical imbalances disrupting fat metabolism and appetite.
- Glandular disorders such as hypothyroidism.
- Excessive calorie load in your diet.
- Lack of daily physical activity and exercise.
- Chronic stress.
- Unhealthy food choices.
- Some medications.
- Eating disorders or overeating.
Chances are, you have more than one of the above problems. In combination, they are causing you to gain weight, or have trouble shedding weight.
You're More Likely to Gain Weight -- and to Keep It On
Are you one of those women who is extremely disciplined in what you eat, yet you still gain weight or can't lose weight? Meanwhile, your family and friends seem to eat with impunity and stay relatively thin?
This problem was described in a report from the University of Pittsburgh.(1) They studied two groups of lean women: one group had PCOS, the other did not. The study revealed that there was almost no difference in their dietary consumption, but the women with PCOS were more likely to be overweight.
However, when lean PCOS women were compared to "normal" lean women, the researchers discovered that the lean PCOS women consumed fewer calories. This means the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome were able to maintain their weight with fewer calories.
So it's no surprise that if you have polycystic ovary syndrome, there's a good chance you will gain more weight, in spite of consuming the same number of calories as another person.
Why are women with polycystic ovary syndrome so efficient at converting calories into fat? Or maintaining their weight with fewer calories than normal women?
Excess Weight -- Could It Be Your Genes?
Your genetic inheritance has a lot to do with how much you weigh.
Most researchers think the polycystic ovary syndrome is at least partly caused by the set of genes you were born with. As a woman who has PCOS, your genetic pattern is somewhat different compared to other women. (2,3)
Recent genetic research suggests that polycystic ovary syndrome is partially the result of "thrifty" genes, which provide advantages in times of shortage of nutrition. These advantages include increased muscular strength, more abdominal fat, and reduced insulin sensitivity, which is a body-building, energy-conserving inclination. (2,4).
However, these thrifty genes are in a time warp because famines and food shortages are long gone! Everywhere you look, there is something delicious or appetizing to eat. Your thrifty genes have no way to cope with this abundance.
Your genes are busily and thriftily storing away fat calories for a rainy day that is never going to come.
And thus you keep adding on the pounds.
Hormone Imbalances Make You Heavier
Medical research is showing that a very complex biochemical signaling disorder is mainly responsible for PCOS-related weight problems.
The cells in your body behave according the signals they receive from throughout your body.
Hormones such as insulin and various "messenger proteins" tell cells what to do or not to do.
Medical studies have shown that the complex interplay of signaling proteins in polycystic ovarian syndrome is disrupted and disordered. This interplay of hormones and signaling proteins is extensively described in The Natural Diet Solution e-book.
Insulin Resistance and Weight
In addition to your genetic predisposition to gain weight, you have multiple hormone disorders to contend with.
The most well known disorder is a condition called "insulin resistance".
Insulin is a powerful hormone. It is best known for its ability to store blood sugar (glucose) into cells.
PCOS women who are overweight usually have higher insulin levels than lean women. In addition, they tend to have a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that insulin cannot perform its work efficiently, thus requiring an excessively high level of insulin in order to get blood sugar stored into cells.
Insulin resistance causes you to retain fat weight and is closely associated with excess weight, obesity, and diabetes.
The best natural antidote to insulin resistance is increased exercise and a healthy diet (as described in this e-book).
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