Polycystic Ovarian syndrome or PCOS often leads to weight gain and in many cases obesity. Obesity may lead to serious health concerns such as increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, many health experts suggest that women who have PCOS should follow a PCOS diet and try to lose extra weight.
What about foods that have fats and proteins in them?
Protein rich foods such as beans, hummus, nuts, peanut butter, tofu, eggs, fish, chicken, meat and vegetarian meat substitutes are an important part of PCOS diet. Combining foods that have protein, fats with carbohydrate will help to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrate and maintain insulin levels. Always keep in mind that some fats are much healthier than others. Foods like fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocados contain healthy fats. Choose healthy fats and proteins instead of butter, mayonnaise, full fat cheese, red meat, etc,
Protein and Weight Loss
A diet high in protein can do more than simply minimize the amount of insulin released by the body. It can contribute to weight loss. Weight loss is important for women who are suffering from PCOS as it can help in improving their overall health. It has been reported that losing between 5 to 10% of their body weight can help women manage this condition by stabilizing imbalanced hormones.
Choosing Protein Wisely
Although it is reported that a diet rich in protein can help women who are fighting this hormonal disorder, the protein to be included in the diet should be chosen wisely. Some sources of protein like red meat and eggs are loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol and can increase the risk of heart disease which women with PCOS are already in danger of developing. So foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol should be included in the meal.
Protein and Insulin
Simple carbohydrates like white bread and refined sugar often spark the production of insulin. To maintain insulin level it is suggested that women eat as few simple carbohydrates as possible and limiting the intake of complex carbohydrates. Foods that are high in protein are frequently low in carbohydrates and help in maintaining insulin level.
Over eating fat or protein can cause weight gain. Aim for a diet that has balance of protein, carbohydrate and healthy fats. PCOS is a condition that presents many challenges to women it affects but with a healthy diet plan and a lot of will power can overcome this disorder.
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