Written by Erin MacKimmie ND, RN, BNSc.
In North America 10-15% of women are diagnosed with PCOS. This condition affects the balance of hormones and metabolic processes in the body resulting in ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility from lack of ovulation, male pattern hair growth (hirsutism), skin discoloration, acne and weight loss difficulties. PCOS can increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, central obesity and elevated blood sugar).
Insulin resistance plays a contributory role to PCOS. Carbohydrate (sugar) consumption causes insulin to be secreted from the pancreas. When the cells of the body become resistant to insulin high levels of sugar remain in the blood, triggering the pancreas to continue to release insulin and further elevate levels. Women suffering from PCOS are therefore often recommended to eat a low carbohydrate, low fat and high protein diet. Sugar reduction is one of the most effective treatments however a standard low carb diet can be labour intensive and time consuming to prepare all the necessary foods.
At NaturoMedic.com the Ideal Protein Weight Loss program is designed to treat insulin dysfunction by reducing carbohydrates, consuming the ideal amount of protein and reducing fat intake. By re-stabilizing insulin, Ideal Protein can help eliminate ovarian cysts symptoms, increase weight loss and increase fertility. Weight loss of only 5% can restart ovulation as hormones are regulated.
Ideal Protein offers a wide selection of sweet and savory foods to satisfy cravings. High quality proteins are used in soups, drinks, puddings, omelets, bars, chips and more. Appetite is greatly reduced after the first or second week while cravings disappear as insulin levels become balanced. An average loss of 2 lbs a week is expected, with more, often in the first week alone. The Ideal Protein diet is not a lifestyle, the program is used to rehabilitate metabolism and blood sugar regulation. The body is re-sensitized to insulin and a stable healthier weight can finally be achieved. Ideal Protein is an effective treatment for the maintenance and symptoms of PCOS.