Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. It is a condition that is generally associated with obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Over the years, in my area of practice as an assistant dietician, I have come across women seeking weight loss therapy, and who were diagnosed with such condition.

Women with PCOS typically experience weight issues, and tend to have a harder losing weight and body fat, especially in problem areas such as the abdomen.

There are some indicators of PCOS:

  • Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods.
  • Excess male hormone (androgen) levels.
  • Abdominal obesity and insulin resistance.

Does the information herein universally mean that all  women who have a high amount of abdominal fat, have PCOS?

No. While PCOS is common among women who are overweight, there are cases of women who develop such condition, while not being markedly over fat. This suggests therefore that the best thing to do is have your doctor do the necessary tests on a frequent basis to stay in the know.

How Should I Eat With PCOS?

A generally safe place to start is

  1. To consume a higher percentage of protein (25-30%) per sitting.
  2. Restrict your fat intake to less than or equal to 30% of total calories, and have it be predominantly polyunsaturated fatty acids & polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  3. Carbohydrates 40-45 % of total calories per meal ensuring that they are more so complex carbohydrate


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