Frequently Asked PCOS Diet Questions
Many people try fad diets as a way to alleviate their PCOS symptoms. But should they?
Should I follow a dairy-free, gluten-free, or soy-free PCOS diet?
People who suffer from inflammation caused by lactose, gluten, or soy will find advantages to following dairy-free, gluten-free, or soy-free PCOS diets. However, in regards to a PCOS diet, no scientific data currently exists to support restricting or avoiding entire food groups or specific items to improve symptoms.
We know that to improve PCOS symptoms, it helps to lose 5-10% of your body weight and and exercise regularly. Your dietitian will be able to work with you to determine a specific PCOS diet to optimize your health.
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Should I try a vegan diet for PCOS?
Vegan diets consist of eating grains, vegetables, and fruits. If following a vegan diet for PCOS symptom management is an option for you, it is imperative to include high quality carbohydrates that do not exceed 45% of your daily food intake.
Because vegan diets consist of vitamin- and mineral-rich whole foods, it can be tremendously useful in alleviating PCOS symptoms. Research has shown that following a proper vegan diet can improve ovulation, regulate menstruation, and reduce risk for future conditions associated with PCOS, such as type 2 diabetes. Speak with our dietitians and nutritionists to ensure you are eating a nutritionally sound vegan diet to reduce weight and manage PCOS symptoms.
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Should I try a Keto Diet for PCOS?
The Ketogenic Diet, (Keto) is a special high-fat, low carbohydrate diet designed to control seizures in individuals diagnosed with epilepsy. In recent pop culture, the Keto diet is viewed as a quick weight loss solution. Because the Keto diet is an extremely strict, nutritionally unbalanced diet, we do not recommended it for PCOS management. In order to create a lifetime of nutritionally sound habits, follow the advice of your dietitian to manage you PCOS. Avoid the Keto diet.
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What about Intermittent Fasting?
We do not recommend Intermittent Fasting for long term PCOS symptom relief. If you have PCOS, it is very important to consume multiple small meals throughout the day. This approach will allow your insulin levels to self-regulate and remain balanced. If you are intermittent fasting, your large meals cause Hyperinsulinemia (excess insulin in blood). Hyperinsulinemia increases androgen production, increasing the clinical effects of PCOS!
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