Weight Loss with PCOS

If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), changing your diet, exercise routine, and lifestyle may help you reach and maintain a moderate weight.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, and the development of small cysts on one or both ovaries.

Globally, this condition may affect 4–20% of women of reproductive age.

The hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, and inflammation related to this condition can make it difficult for people with PCOS to lose weight.

However, even a small weight loss of about 5% can improve insulin resistance, hormone levels, menstrual cycles, fertility, and overall quality of life in people with PCOS.

Here are 12 helpful tips for losing weight with PCOS.

Reduce your carb intake
Get plenty of fiber
Eat enough protein
Eat healthy fats
Eat fermented foods
Practice mindful eating
Limit processed foods and added sugars
Reduce inflammation
Exercise regularly
Get enough sleep
Manage your stress
Consider supplements