Does it frustrate you to hear that you must lose weight in order to improve your PCOS symptoms when PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight? Yup, that's how I felt, too. Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but it's still important to maintain a healthy body. Check out this article by Katie Humphrey for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with PCOS as we get older.
WHY WOMEN WITH PCOS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK WHEN WEIGHT GAIN SHIFTS WITH AGE
Weight gain shifts as we grow older, with younger women tending to gain weight on their thighs and hips. That is me for sure. I pack it all on in the thighs and butt.
But after menopause, weight gain often moves to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), which is closely linked with PCOS.
Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome because of numerous "shared" symptoms. These include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and reduced HDL "good" cholesterol.
An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to almost six times more women than all forms of cancer combined.
It's not all bad news, however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat.
So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS treatment program. Or, if you're experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome.
Weight loss will come when you're exercising and making healthy choices. Just be patient, give it time, and focus mostly on wanting to be healthier. If you don't need to lose weight, it's still important to exercise and take care of your body. This week, take a step in the right direction and increase your exercise, whether you're a beginner or a fitness junky. Get moving and you'll feel better and, ultimately, see the effects on the outside!
Read My Story
and how I reversed my own PCOS and learn about how my Wellness Support Challenge Groups
help others reverse PCOS symptoms
Now I think I may be the only woman I know that actually gained weight before her wedding day. In fact I gained about 8 pounds the year before my wedding and about 10 more afterward. Since then I found Beachbody and got started on my transformation. So for shits and giggles I tried on my wedding dress last night and am shocked at how big it is on me. I cannot believe I made zero effort to lose weight or get healthy before my wedding. My husband was also at his biggest on our wedding day. We have both since lost 40 lbs and he has proposed AGAIN!
We are renewing our vows to recognize the new life we have built for ourselves. We are not the same people we were on our wedding day. We have not only found the best in each other but the best in ourselves. I can't wait to post new wedding photos. Read about my transformation story
and see for yourself that it can be done. You just need to want it!
I got the pleasure of meeting a fellow Electrical Engineer that is now a Millionaire Beachbody Coach. He started his journey with Beachbody coaching much like myself. He was doing it part time and working full time as an Engineer. After a year of coaching, he doubled his income. At that point he decided to give up Engineering and within 3 months of working full time as a Beachbody Coach, he doubled his income again. He is now a multi millionaire and needless to say does not do engineering any more.
This was almost surreal meeting him because I cannot imagine myself quitting my job. I love it! So I asked him how he could quit something he worked to hard to accomplish. I mean becoming an Electrical Engineer is not exactly easy. It takes a lot of hard work. He simply said "It got to the point where they could not pay me enough to stay". I really wonder what I will do when faced with the same dilemma. And will it really be a dilemma or a no brainer. I can't wait to look back on this moment and this post after facing the same situation. What would you do?
Check out how I came to become a Beachbody Coach. Every coach has a different story.