At Inspire we support many women diagnosed with PCOS. PCOS is a contributor to weight gain and most times women need the right program and support to reach and maintain their weight and health goals.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects many women, often beginning during their reproductive years. One of the most challenging aspects of PCOS is the propensity for weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. I
𝐖𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐂𝐎𝐒 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬:
1. 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance, which means their cells don’t respond efficiently to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. As a result, the body produces more insulin, increasing fat storage.
2. 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐈𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬: Elevated androgen levels in PCOS can contribute to weight gain by promoting fat accumulation, particularly around the abdomen.
3. 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦: PCOS can slow down metabolism, making it harder for the body to burn calories, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
4. 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐞: Some women with PCOS may experience increased appetite and cravings, particularly for sugary and high-calorie foods.
If you or a loved one is struggling with their weight due to PCOS, contact us for a free consultation.
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