Tips for PCOS Sufferers - dummies

By Gaynor Bussell

Part of Managing PCOS For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome isn’t a nice condition but the good news is that you can keep the symptoms more or less completely at bay. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Lose weight if you’re overweight by cutting your intake to 1,500 calories per day.

  • Eat regular meals (but don’t pile your plate), and have a couple of small snacks during the day. Don’t let yourself get hungry.

  • Follow a low-GI (Glycaemic Index) diet by substituting low-GI carbs for the high-GI ones (see the following section).

  • Keep the fat level down in your diet, and cut down particularly on saturated and trans fats (including fatty meat, butter, cakes, pastry and biscuits).

  • Use as little salt as possible and look at the labels of processed food to try to keep below 6 grams of salt a day.

  • Eat at least five helpings of fruit and veg every day.

  • Get some physical activity every day. Half an hour is great, but an hour is even better to help keep your weight under control.

  • Enjoy a variety of food, but keep it healthy.

  • Enjoy your true friends and family, and keep them close to you!