Diets For PCOS Patients
By now we know that diet plays a key role in PCOS treatment, but with everyone shouting from the rooftops, how can you tell the good diets for PCOS patients from the bad? Below is an overview of three of the best diets for PCOS sufferers. A ‘good’ diet for PCOS is one that doesn’t eliminate necessary nutrients, that a person can really ‘stick to’ for life, and that gives a woman control over her weight.
When I sought treatment for my PCOS, my doctor recommended that I join Weight Watchers. I dismissed his advice because I considered Weight Watchers silly or temporary. I have had success with a different diet for PCOS, but have rethought my position on Weight Watchers because it works. Weight Watchers ‘points’ program relies on a simple, effective model – you get to eat a certain number of points per day. If you know you’re going to have cheesecake, you know how many points you have for the rest of the day. One of the traits of ‘thin for life’ people is that they do this automatically – if they ‘splurged’ the night before, they will eat fewer calories either before or after to ‘pay back’ for their splurge.
The beauty of the Weight Watchers points program is in its flexibility. There is nothing you can’t eat, but you can’t eat everything. This is definitely a model you could adhere to for life. The downside is that if you often travel or eat in independent restaurants, you might not know how many points are in the foods you eat.
South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet at first feels like a fad, because it became so popular and so many people were on it. But it’s not a fad. The South Beach Diet was developed by a heart doctor who wanted to help his very ill patients reverse their disease process. The South Beach Diet is definitely a diet you can stick to for life, it works, and it doesn’t eliminate necessary nutrients. The downside of the South Beach Diet is that it is very restrictive, especially at the beginning. If you are a person who likes rules and limits, and who feels overwhelmed by too much choice, SBD might be the best choice of the diets for PCOS patients.
New Glucose Revolution’s Glycemic Index
The Glycemic Index is not a diet. It’s a rating of how quickly the average body converts specific carbohydrates into blood glucose. For instance, the sugar in a jelly bean very quickly becomes sugar in your bloodstream, while the sugar in an apple is slower and the sugar in a dried apple slice is slower still. For years I suffered from cravings, blood sugar crashes, and intense need to eat that seemed…weird. I wasn’t binging, I was filling a bottomless hole. And I wasn’t eating ‘junk’ in the way most of us mean it. I might eat a baked potato with chili, a salad, and a chicken breast and I’d still be starving. The glycemic index solved that. For me, the GI diet is the best of the best diets for PCOS.
The originators of the Glycemic Index are doctors. They’ve been researching the difference between carbohydrates since the 1970s. They’ve developed diet plans specifically for PCOS sufferers. I’ve been eating by the glycemic index now for 8 years, and I feel no deprivation, no need to ‘break free’. I have eliminated certain foods from my overall diet because they make me feel so sick – like the aforementioned jelly bean. But the feeling of wellness and more, the control I have over my weight and health despite having been diagnosed with PCOS makes me not even tempted to ignore the GI rating of foods. I love the GI diet, I am a fan.
The upside of the Glycemic Index is that you have absolute freedom and flexibility. You can be a vegetarian, gluten free, egg free, lactose free – it’s so flexible that it works with any other dietary needs you (or someone in your family) have. Additionally, if you are a person who eats because of over hunger, the glycemic index can help you reduce the hunger that causes you to eat too much. The downside is that it is not restrictive in a certain sense, and if you’re serious about weight loss, you still have to look at how many calories you’re eating.
In summary, there are many choices of diets for PCOS patients – and they all work! These are 3 diets that you have a good chance of staying with for life, which will give you control over your PCOS weight and related health issues. Choose the one that’s the best fit for you and get going! PCOS is not your master!
Christine Ellis has been controlling her PCOS weight for 8 years with the Glycemic Index diet. She is the author of Losing Weight With PCOS, which is based on her experience as a woman with out of control weight gain who took back control of her life. She wants to give other women like her the tools to master their own destiny.