PCOD & Thyroid Diet: Hormonal Balance & Weight Loss Tips

What is PCOD?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a medical condition that affects women in their reproductive age. The reproductive system of women is primarily controlled by 5 hormones estrogen, Gnrh, fsh, progestrone and lutenizing hormone (LH)

PCOD -Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

The imbalance in hormones leads to irregular or prolonged menstrual cycle, excessive body hair, acne, weight gain, hair loss etc.

2 hormones found in excess that lead to androgen or male like properties in women during PCOD are insulin & LH.

Insulin hormone is responsible for controlling sugar levels in human body. When cells become resistant to the action of insulin called as Insulin resistant, blood sugar levels don’t decrease and as a result body produces more insulin. Excessive insulin production in turn increases the production of androgens, otherwise very less in females. Also increase in LH causes increased levels of androgens in females.

Now Let’s Understand Thyroid:

The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland makes two main hormones: T-4 and T-3. These hormones help control many vital functions of your body.

When your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it can impact your entire body. If your body makes too much thyroid hormone, it’s called hyperthyroidism. If your body makes too little thyroid hormone, it’s called hypothyroidism.

These two main disorders can be caused by a variety of conditions in the body. They can also be passed down through families (inherited).
A proper diagnosis leading to medication can control the level of PCOD or Thyroid. While medication is crucial for managing PCOD and thyroid disorders, certain dietary and lifestyle choices can also play a significant role in promoting hormonal balance and supporting weight loss.

Weight Loss Diet for PCOD and Thyroid

When it comes to diet, are there any diets/foods which can accelerate or prevent weight loss for people having PCOD or Thyroid issues…?

The answer is a big NO

There is absolutely no need to cut down on any food groups unless you are allergic to anything.

Just following the below mentioned things will help:

  • Following a quantified and balanced diet (right calories, macros) – Start following a quantified diet as per your body’s required calories by creating a calorie deficit and balancing the right amount of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in your meals.
  • Adequate amount of protein and fats – Include atleast 1g/kg body weight of protein and 0.6g/kg body weight of fats to the diet.
  • Including strength training 3-4 times a week – Start with some kind of physical activity of choice. Most preferably 20-30mins of resistance/strength training at home/gym for 3-4 days/week.
  • Movement is important – Make walking a part of your routine. Start with at least 5k steps everyday and increase it eventually. Start taking stairs instead of elevator, walk while on calls, move around for 5-10mins post every meal etc.
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours – Prioritise sleep and sleeping hours. Make sure you get atleast 7 hours of sleep everyday.
  • Managing stress – Try to manage your stress levels and keep it under control. You can try meditation, journaling , going out for a walk, listening to music or any other way that helps.

Weight loss can be a little slower in such cases due to the hormonal imbalances in PCOD and thyroid disorders, but following a quantified and balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, prioritizing sleep, and managing stress can contribute to overall well-being.


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