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Why A Low Carb Diet is Good For PCOS & How To Adapt To It?

Jan 11, 2018

A: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is often connected to too much blood sugar and insulin resistance. A low carb diet for PCOS helps in addressing the root cause of this health condition. Let’s understand how.

Too much blood sugar leads to too much insulin. Too much insulin leads to too much testosterone, which in turn pushes the female hormone estrogen out of balance.

The result: irregular periods, acne, hair fall, excess body hair, inability to conceive, weight gain and much, much more.

Your blood sugar levels don’t have to show full-blown diabetes for this to happen. The damage begins far earlier, in many subtle ways.

When you start a diet that removes most simple carbs from your diet, it is the sugars that you are primarily removing. Quick recap: Remember, when we say “sugar”, it is not just the white crystal-like stuff alone. It is all the maida, the white rice, the bread, the pasta, the Maggi, the potatoes, the chips…you get the idea

When you are on a diet that reduces carbs, you are telling your body that it will no longer get sugar as an easy source of fuel. So, it has to switch fuels and use complex carbohydrates (like vegetables) and fats (like butter, ghee, etc.) to fuel itself. What’s even more important, you are telling it to burn the stored fat – the stuff around your waist, your hips, your buttocks, etc.

This switch is not easy. The body protests. It gives you cleansing symptoms. This is a crucial time. By not giving in to cravings for simple carbs – like the dosa or the rice or samosa or the white toast – you are forming a fantastic new habit. If you give in, the body thinks “I will continue to get simple sugars. Why should I burn her fat?”.

So, don’t kid yourself into thinking that one masala dosa today, two vadas tomorrow and one stuffed kulcha on the third day can’t really “add up”. It does. Instead, discuss your indulgence or “cheat” with a nutritionist. Enjoy that thoroughly, but limit yourself to that.

When you opt for a low-carb diet for PCOS, you’re teaching your body a wonderful new way to create energy and burn fat – something that will bring you a lifetime of health. So stick with it, it’s well worth it. Wish you vibrant health and wellbeing.

Mahesh Jayaraman
Mahesh is a hormone health counsellor & holistic health expert. He has a Mastery Certification in Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis from the US, is certified in Functional Nutrition from Washington State University and uses a wide array of healing modalities to guide his clients to vibrant health and well-being.