Women who are diagnosed with PCOS are often at a loss as to how they will manage their condition. Many feel helpless when they are told that there is no real cure for the condition, and that it is chronic and only the symptoms may be managed effectively.
If you have been recently diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) then know that there are steps that you can take to naturally manage your condition.
You can reduce the impact of this disease by making changes in your diet and lifestyle. However, we still recommend that you continue with your current treatments for PCOS, as your treatment will be responsible for taking care of the most complex issues raised by your condition.
The PCOS diet is a special diet plan designed specifically for women who wish to manage the symptoms of their condition by making sustainable changes to the way they eat. A PCOS diet doesn’t just help restore hormonal balance in the body – it can also help reduce your weight (if you are overweight) and help restore you to full health.
Unlike other diets, the PCOS diet is not restrictive, nor does it advocate buying commercial weight loss supplements and special food items. An effective PCOS diet focuses more on how much you are eating, as well as the quality of the foods and beverages that you are consuming on a daily basis.
You can easily create your own effective PCOS diet.
Just keep these two main guidelines in mind:
1. Our first guideline for you is to lower your total carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are needed by the body for fuel; every tissue in the body needs it.
However, studies have shown that if a PCOS patient reduces her carbohydrate intake, she will experience fewer symptoms, and her hormonal balance will be restored more easily.
Talk to your physician about carbohydrate reduction. If you are approved for this special diet, you may consult with a dietitian who can create a special meal plan that you can follow. You can also design your own meal plans, so long as your physician is aware of what you are doing.
2. How much whole food are you eating on a daily basis? PCOS patients need to steer clear of unhealthy, processed food items such as cured meats, cookies, candies, etc.
Processed food items tend to have a much higher caloric content, and they are also full of preservatives. The extra calories can mess with your hormone levels, since you will only continue gaining weight if you keep eating them.
The preservatives used in many processed foods and beverages have also been shown to have a negative impact on the body’s hormonal balance. In short, you are making your condition worse by exacerbating the hormonal issues that are already present.
The opposite happens when you start eating more whole foods (organic, preferably). Your hormones will slowly be restored to their former levels (or at least, you won’t have to worry about your hormonal imbalance worsening because of your diet)Don’t forget an An Effective PCOS Diet Plan is more about portion control than deprivation .