By Susie Burrell.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can be a very tough condition to manage form a dietary perspective.
Not only are carbs important, but so too are your good fats, calories and meal timing. So if you are one of the many women trying to manage it, here are five things to know about your diet when you have PCOS.
1. It is all about the carbs.
Chances are if you have PCOS you are also battling high insulin levels. The issue with high insulin is that it also means you are more likely to store fat.
The amount of carbohydrate you consume when you have PCOS is very important. Too much and you will not lose weight, too little and your metabolism will slow and make weight control even more difficult.
So for each individual it is about getting the right amount of carbs for you to achieve your weight loss goals. For most girls this will be 30-40 per cent total calorie intake.
2. Timing is important.
We could debate this for hours but when you are trying to control insulin levels through the day, meal and carb timing is important. Too little at the wrong time of day will likely lead to overeating and cravings later. For this reason, small meals with even amounts of carbs and proteins is the best approach for managing PCOS. (Post continues after gallery.)