PCOS sufferer wants weight loss advice

I am 24 years old and I am suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Last month I went to the doctor and was put on medication, including Regestrone.

I read online that Regestrone will cause me to be overweight. Already I am 70 kgs (about 154 lbs) and I need to reduce my weight seriously, because in a year I am going to get married. Nowadays, I am looking so weird while wearing clothes, so I need to reduce the weight in my belly and my breast. Please give me some solutions.

In a way you are trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, so to speak. You want to fix your PCOS situation with medication, and at the same time, you want to maintain your weight.

As you would know, PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine problems and it is linked to both genes and environmental conditions. Obesity caused by poor dietary choices and physical inability worsens the condition in certain individuals and so I understand your concerns about weight gain.

The principal features of PCOS are irregular periods, ovulation-related infertility, polycystic ovaries, excessive amounts of androgenic hormones, insulin resistance often associated with type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol levels. From your letter, I understand that you want to fix your PCOS and at the same time lose weight and maintain that weight loss.

I suggest strongly that you meet and speak with your physician and let him or her know your goals. Already you are on Regestrone, which is a progesterone based hormone. This medication has been shown to cause weight gain in some patients, however, this mainly happens with long term use in a small percentage of patients.

In your situation, you have already started to gain weight, which might worsen PCOS for you, so this is indeed a tricky situation. It might help to ask your doctor to recommend another medication with fewer side effects and less of a potential to make you gain weight. With or without medication, you should also start a lifestyle programme to try and lose weight and be healthy.

In order to lose weight, you will have to reduce your calorie intake or also increase your calorie output or do a mixture of both. This essentially means that you will have to try to increase your physical activities and reduce your food intake. This can be done by cutting back on what you eat for food by a quarter for this week. So, instead of eating everything on your plate, try to leave back a quarter of that food.

Also try to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices in your diet. The aim in doing all of this, of course, would be to reduce your calorie intake while choosing healthier options.

In addition to making changes to your consumption habits, you will also need to get in more physical activities or exercises daily. If you are not currently doing any exercises, you should at least try to start doing about 15-20 minutes per day and increase gradually as you go along.

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