Why its hard to lose weight when you have PCOS – All4Women


Posted: September 25, 2020 at 9:56 pm

PCOS is a reproductive disorder, but its effects go beyond your fertility. PCOS can affect your skin, hair growth, emotional wellbeing and even your weight

There are 3 main reasons why losing weight is difficult when you have PCOS.

Besides playing the dominant role in metabolism, insulin has a number of other hormonal effects including the regulation of normal ovarian function and influencing a number of male hormones present in females. Increased levels of insulin, as caused by insulin resistance, causes a reduction in a hormone called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in the liver. This results in abnormally high levels of male hormones in women say theMedical Nutritional Institute (MNI).

Insulin resistance means your body doesnt respond to its own natural fed alarm so you always feel hungry and especially crave sugary and high-carb foods which unchecked can contribute to weight gain.

Women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from thyroid dysfunction including Hashimotos Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition. According toendocrinewebwomen with PCOS are three times more likely to also suffer from Hashimotos disease

People who suffer from hyperthyroidism are at a greater risk of becoming overweight because they do not feel full, even after eating enough food.

Because PCOS sufferers have higher androgens, they are more likely to carry weight in their midsections. Among other problems this could cause including increased risk of heart disease, carrying more fat in your mid-section makes women with PCOS more likely to develop sleep apnoea too.

Lack of quality sleep is known to contribute to weight gain.

Consequently, increased food intake due to changes in appetite hormones may result in weight gain. This means that, in the long term, sleep deprivation may lead to weight gain due to these changes in appetite, SaysEmma SweeneyLecturer in Exercise and Health, Nottingham Trent University in her articleWhy sleep is important to weight loss

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