Posted by: Alisha | 2009-09-21

Please help

Dear Doc

I have pcos i am 1.5meters tall and weigh 66kg, i am trying to lose weight. I am not sure what foods to eat or what to avoid.
Please help.

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Dear Alisha
Your BMI = 29,3 so it would be beneficial if you could lose some weight. To get back into the normal range with a BMI of 25 you would need to weigh56 kg, thus a loss of 10 kg. PCOS is often associated with insulin resistance which can hamper weightloss and promote weight gain. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
Best regards

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