Are You Struggling With PCOS and Weight Loss?
Is PCOS Preventing You from Losing Weight?
Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the disorder. It isn’t known whether being overweight leads to PCOS or if PCOS leads to being overweight. Regardless, excess weight can heighten the intensity of PCOS symptoms. Even modest PCOS weight loss can lessen symptoms and combat infertility. A PCOS Diet Plan can be the best first-line treatment for PCOS / PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Polycystic Ovary Disorder) when combined with exercising regularly, and taking targeted nutritional supplements.1 So, if you need help with finding a PCOS diet to combat PCOS Weight issues there is a natural solution for you.
Are you gaining weight due to PCOS?
The likelihood of you gaining weight because of PCOS is high. Unfortunately, women without it can eat whatever they want while those of us who have it must abide by strict diets in order to manage the symptoms that come with PCOS.
One of the best ways to manage your PCOS symptoms is to manage your weight, which means managing your diet. Food is going to be either medicine (like Flaxseed) or poison (like artificial sweetners).
The reality is that PCOS and weight loss and weight gain are more closely related than we often imagine.
Read our latest article containing 3 simple diet tips for losing weight with PCOS. It goes into detail about why you shouldn’t partake in dairy products if you suffer from PCOS symptoms. Dairy products contain lots of hormones that affect women who struggle with maintaining hormonal balance. It provides an explanation as to why gluten is not your friend in this battle. Consuming gluten products is reported to be responsible for inflammation and a compromised immune system. Lastly, it will highlight why the removal of artificial sweeteners from your diet will make it easier to lose weight. You can improve your sensitivity to insulin and lower inflammation by eliminating artificial sweeteners.
What are the symptoms of PCOS / PCOD?
According to one study, “Approximately 50% of PCOS women are overweight or obese…”4 but that’s not the only symptom you might experience. Other symptoms include any of the following:5
- Ovarian cysts
- Hair loss
- Hirsutism (excess hair growth) Blood Pressure Test
- Irregular or missing menstrual periods
- Anovulation (the inability to ovulate)
- Excess weight gain or obesity
- Skin problems (acne, skin tags, dry skin, dandruff and acanthosis nigricans, which are dark tough patches of skin)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
Consider this too: Even though the condition is called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, polycystic ovaries might not be one of your symptoms. It might be some of the others listed above. However, there does seem to be a link between managing these symptoms, weight control, and a condition called Insulin Resistance.
Insulin Resistance: a Key Influencing Factor of PCOS
Insulin Resistance is a key influencing factor of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It’s often a direct link to the weight gain that’s so frustrating and painful for those of us with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In fact, according to one study, “Approximately 50% of PCOS women are overweight or obese…”4
Insulin is the hormone responsible for allowing glucose, or blood sugar, to be absorbed by the cells of your body, where it is converted to energy. If you suffer from Insulin Resistance, your cells react sluggishly to insulin. When you eat a meal, whether it is steak, fish, or vegetables, your body breaks it down into a usable energy form, namely glucose.
In a simplified explanation, the food you consume becomes sugar that will be transported to the tissues, muscles, and organs of the body via the bloodstream. Following a meal, particularly one that is high in carbohydrates, you will have elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream, which signal the pancreas to release even more insulin until the excess glucose is absorbed by your cells.
With Insulin Resistance, the excessive amounts of free-floating glucose are not absorbed by your cells and so the excess glucose remains in your bloodstream until it is sent to your liver and converted to excess body fat.2 In addition, hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin in the blood) encourages your liver to produce even more than normal fatty substances called triglycerides, which are directly related to a negative impact on cardiovascular health.3
Insulin Resistance promotes fat storage because glucose cannot properly enter your cells to be used as energy. Elevated levels of insulin in the bloodstream cause a series of biochemical reactions with wide-ranging consequences that can lead to a variety of other serious health conditions, such as, diabetes, infertility, abnormal hair loss and growth, and cysts on the ovaries. Obviously, excess weight is linked to many serious health issues, but there is a solution to better health. By taking small steps you can greatly improve your long-term health. In fact, here are some benefits you could expect with just a 10 percent weight loss:
- Greater than 20 – percent decrease in total mortality
- Greater than 30 – percent decrease in diabetes-related death
- Greater than 40 – percent decrease in obesity-related cancer
- Fall of 10 mmHg systolic
- Fall of 20 mmHg diastolic
- 30-50 percent decrease in fasting glucose
- 50 percent decrease in risk of diabetes developing
- 10 percent decrease in total cholesterol
- 15 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol
- 8 percent increase in HDL cholesterol
- 15 percent decrease in HbA1c lipids
- 30 percent decrease in triglycerides
So as you can see, weight loss can not only help with PCOS, it can also aid in your overall health outlook.
What makes the Insulite PCOS System So Unique?
Because there is no single solution that can address all your symptoms of PCOS or Insulin Resistance, you must rely on a multi-element approach to managing these conditions. If you suffer from PCOS you might benefit from a complete system. This means considering things like nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that are condition specific), a realistic exercise program, nutritional guidance, a support network, and accessible information resources. Insulite Health knows that it takes much more help than you’ll ever find in one or two pills to truly transform your health, so here are the five elements of the Insulite PCOS System combating PCOS:
1) INSULITE’S NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT FORMULAS
In order to provide effective metabolic change that supports managing Insulin Resistance at a cellular level, a comprehensive program – one that includes scientifically designed formulas – is needed. In recent years, new research has led many members of the medical community to begin to embrace the need for and benefits of taking nutritional supplements. Without the correct blend and volumes of specific vitamins, minerals, and botanicals targeted to have a positive impact on your body’s metabolism, your cells can lose their ability to process insulin or glucose effectively. The consequences can be serious, but Insulite Labs has the solution.
2) INSULITE’S INSULIN SENSITIVITY DIET PLAN
Food can be ‘medicine’. Although counting calories and watching fat intake is important for everyone, what is even more critical as a PCOS patient is that your cells become insulin sensitive enough to efficiently process glucose for energy. The Insulite Insulin Sensitivity Diet Plan is scientifically designed to help restore your cells to healthy levels of insulin sensitivity.
3) INSULITE’S INSULIN SENSITIVITY EXERCISE PLAN
Exercise can also be medicine. Have you ever started on a diet or exercise plan, feeling excited and hopeful, only to find you didn’t succeed like you wanted to? You’re not alone. Insulite Health has discovered some very powerful factors that need to be addressed in order to provide you with an effective strategy to produce long-term results and help you to transform your health. Insulite’s Insulin Sensitivity Exercise Plan is designed to work in conjunction with our Insulin Sensitivity Plan and it focuses on four vital elements that are uncommon in other exercise plans…
- It Increases your cells’ sensitivity to insulin.
- It neutralizes the addictive qualities that carbohydrates and sugars have on your brain.
- It Reframes your relationship with exercise so you can experience exercise as medicine. We will remind you to recognize that new relationship each time you engage in exercise or increase your movements throughout the day.
- It Creates a two-stage model. The first stage, “Exercise for Health,” is structured to be creative, flexible, and gradual. You pick activities you like, add as much variety as appeals to you, then gradually increase your time and duration. The second part of this program gives you numerous choices and strategies to incorporate small changes into your everyday life to increase your body’s natural movement.
4) PERSONALIZED STUDY AND AWARENESS
Did you know that carbohydrates and sugars stimulate the same neural networks in your brain as heroin and cocaine? When people say they are ‘addicted to junk food’ they aren’t lying. They really are. However, this addiction can be overcome. Knowing this information is critical in creating a strategy to successfully transform your health. Insulite Health provides an effective strategy to greatly increase your chances for long-term success by making so many resources accessible to you so you can take charge of your own health and wellbeing.
5) THE INSULITE SUPPORT NETWORK
In the end, your chance of success also depends on support. Do you know how much greater your chances are for successfully making major lifestyle changes when you are provided with a caring, ongoing, and effective support system and network? Quite a bit actually, and that’s where Insulite Health can help you too. Our medical team has studied and treated Insulin Resistance over many years and that’s why we’re here to provide consistent, compassionate, and comprehensive support. Our goal is that you’ll be able to succeed in both the short-term and the long-term as you battle PCOS.
Prescription weight-loss medication and surgery options
The best way to losing weight is a healthy diet and regular exercise. In certain situations, however prescription weight-loss medication and surgery might be required. Your physician can recommend weight-loss medication when other methods haven’t worked or your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 27 which can create medical complications, like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea (which, incidentally, can also be symptoms of PCOS).6
Orlistat (Xenical) is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved weight-loss medication for long-term weight loss. It blocks the digestion and absorption of fat in your stomach and intestines. Side effects with Orlistat can include oily and frequent bowel movements, bowel urgency, and bloating (gas). Since Orlistat blocks absorption of some nutrients, you should take a high quality, hyopallergenic multivitamin while taking Orlistat to prevent nutritional deficiencies. A reduced-strength version of Orlistat (Alli) is an over-the-counter medicine you can get without a prescription but it’s not approved for children under 12.6
Keep in mind that if the medication does work, its effects usually level off after six months of use like any other method of weight loss. Plus, when you stop taking a weight-loss medication, you’re likely to regain much or all of the weight you lost so it might be a lifetime commitment.
Another drug, Phentermine (Adipex-P, Suprenza) is a weight-loss medication approved in the 1970s for short-term (three months) use only. Unfortunately, using weight-loss medications short-term doesn’t usually lead to long-term weight loss.6
An alternative to drugs is surgery. Weight-loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, for obesity can be considered when the following criteria are meet:6
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher
- You have a serious weight-related health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- You’re committed to making the lifestyle changes that are necessary for surgery to work
There are four common weight-loss surgeries, including:6
Gastric bypass surgery. Your surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach where food and liquid flow directly from the pouch into this part of the intestine, ‘bypassing’ most of your stomach.
Adjustable Gastric BandLaparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB). In this procedure, your stomach is separated into two pouches with an inflatable band. The band acts like a belt and the surgeon creates a tiny channel between the two pouches. This band keeps the opening from expanding and it’s generally designed for permanent placement. LAGB is less invasive and generally causes slow, steady weight loss. Plus, the band can be adjusted if needed.
Gastric sleeve. This procedure is more invasive since a part of the stomach is removed, creating a smaller reservoir for food. There are ongoing studies evaluating this procedure and its effectiveness.
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Most of your stomach is surgically removed. While this weight-loss surgery does offer sustained weight loss, it also poses a greater risk of malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. It also requires close monitoring for other health problems. This operation is one that is reserved for people who have a body mass index of 50 or more.
Again, while there are medical treatments and drugs, sometimes the natural approach works best. For those looking for a more holistic solution, Insulite Health offers the Insulite PCOS System for PCOS, Insulin Resistance, and weight management.
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- Saleh AM, Khalil HS. Review of non-surgical and surgical treatment and the role of insulin-sensitizing agents in the management of infertile women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2004 Jul;83(7):614-621.
- “Evidence-based lifestyle and pharmacological management of infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.” School of Women’s & Children’s Health, Division of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of New South Wales, Australia, May 2012 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22554175
- “Evidence-based lifestyle and pharmacological management of infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.” School of Women’s & Children’s Health, Division of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of New South Wales, Australia, May 2012http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22554175
- “In women with polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity, loss of intra-abdominal fat is associated with resumption of ovulation.” Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, September 2011 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21771766 (July 2011)
- “The treatment of infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome: a brief update.” Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, May 2012 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22639834
- “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) fact sheet” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health”, March 2010 http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.cfm
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