If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, you may also have noticed that the numbers on the weighing scale have gone up. Many women with PCOS also complain that they cannot lose weight. Delhi-based gynaecologist Dr Anita Sharma tells you how PCOS is making you put on weight.
Insulin resistance and obesity: PCOS has been linked to higher insulin resistance which can cause you to store fat especially in the abdominal region. Insulin resistance can also increase your risk of developing diabetes.
Slow metabolic rate: If you have PCOS, your body’s metabolic rate slows down which eventually tends to make you gain weight. A diet that is rich in foods with a low glycemic index can be one of the best ways to prevent weight gain. This will keep you full and satiated without causing spikes in your blood sugar.
Depression: Many women who are diagnosed with PCOS suffer from depression which makes them less likely to cook a healthy meal or even workout. Poor diet and no exercise can eventually lead to accelerated weight gain.
More fat storage: As you wake up your body should ideally start burning fat for energy till you eat your meal. But if you have PCOS, your body does not burn fat first thing in the morning. Instead, your body is programmed to save the energy which means you have to work twice as hard to burn fat.
Messed up hunger hormones: If you have PCOS, the hormones that regulate appetite like leptin and ghrelin goes for a toss. This would mean that you are likely to feel hungry and unsatisfied even if you have eaten enough and your body does not need any fuel.