PCOS Women and Weight

The insulin resistance that is characteristic of PCOS promotes weight gain. It is still unclear exactly how PCOS and insulin resistance are linked. Recent research suggests that our genetics play a role. Insulin is the hormone your body uses to deliver energy (in the form of glucose) to your cells. When you are insulin resistant, normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal response from your cells. As a result, the excess glucose that remains in the blood stream is sent to the liver. The liver converts the excess glucose into fat and stores it throughout the body. Thus, women with PCOS tend to gain weight easily.

The relationship between insulin resistance and weight gain is not easy to understand! Dr. Perloe has made a great explainer-video on the subject. Click here to get some of Dr. Perloe’s best video tutorials sent to your inbox. (Courtesy of Erica Volk! Thank you)

It can be easy to feel frustrated; like the cards are stacked against you when it comes to losing weight. But Dr. Perloe is very optimistic when it comes to weight management and PCOS. He’s a man with a plan!

The three point plan for PCOS weight loss:

  1. A Low GI Diet

    GI, or the Glycemic Index, is designed to measure how quickly a type of carbohydrate is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. A low GI score indicates the food is digested and absorbed more slowly. Examples of low GI foods include beans, unprocessed whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and, of course, food that do not contain carbohydrates like animal proteins and oils. The goal of a low GI is to get the majority of your calories from low-GI food so that you have a steady rise in the level of glucose in the blood, which in turn leads to a small and gentle rise in insulin.

  2. Insulin Sensitizers

    Insulin sensitizers, like metformin and inositol supplements, plus a low GI diet can correct PCOS-related insulin resistance. Dr. Perloe has seen great results with both the supplement Ovasitol and generic metformin. However, you and your physician should work together to find the right dosages of metformin or inositol for you.

  3. Exercise

    Dr. Perloe wants you to hit the weight room ladies. Why? The majority of the glucose you ingest from food will be used by and stored in your skeletal muscle. Progressive strength training increases the size of skeletal muscle and enhances that muscles’ ability to manage glucose. Medical research has demonstrated that the adaptations created by progressive resistance training will increase insulin sensitivity and your metabolic rate (a number of calories you burn at rest).

Dr. Perloe won’t tell you that losing weight with PCOS is easy. For that matter, neither will I. He believes that managing your weight and health when you have PCOS takes a life-long commitment, but there is a clear and research-based approach to ensure that you look and feel you best.

Source: Erika Volk


11 thoughts on “PCOS Women and Weight

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  2. The goal for anyone who has this should be that the Reducing weight is not the only thing in this world that you are expected to do. Secondly Looking and feeling healthy is more important than getting sick because of the strict dieting schedule or something.

    Glucose isn’t a friend it seems – sad 😦

    I hope everyone with this issue understand that its a medical condition and not only because the people who have it eat too much or are lazy. You won’t believe how often it is that overweight people in our society are considered lazy.

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    • Thing is only the one with the issue understand that, people are hardly supportive. Always looking for ways to ‘fix’ it. I wonder if they’ll look at someone with asthma the same way, instead of being supportive and understanding, suggesting ways to fix it, like ‘oh you run short of breath quickly, go run a few miles’ but no its never so inconsiderate for anyone, just the ones with issues such as thyroid, PCOS, or any other hormonal issue because people think one can always work harder to make one look better.


      • I think the lack of support is because people do not usually understand these as genuine medical problems rather they take it as laziness if a person doesn’t look a certain way.

        I think awareness about these ailments should be spread amongst people just as asthma is quite known and no one would complain about a person with breathing issues in a bus because they’ll know that this person can potentially have asthma so they’ll help him out or something. I personally think awareness can solve this issue but it will take time definitely.

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      • Yes I think so too, hence the posts here. I hope people would spread the word more, not just to support the ones suffering from such life-affecting illnesses but also diagnose if someone around them or themselves are subject to such diseases, would be greatly helpful to all.


      • Yes that’s going in the right direction, to be honest I didn’t know about it either and it did clear a lot of stuff for me so thank you for that.

        I hope it helps others too.


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