Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that occurs among women who are in reproductive age. In India, it affects 3.7 to 22 per cent of women. Physicians suggest weight reduction and diet modifications to tackle this syndrome in the long run.
A study was conducted by Truweight to assess the impact of weight loss and how it improved the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The study was conducted on PCOS clients enrolled in the Truweight program. The study predominantly focused on diet modifications.
The study was conducted for a period of six months and the clients were between 17 and 40 years of age. The participants had a BMI between 25 and 40 kg/m2 and were overweight and obese.
During the beginning of the study, the participants’ weight, nutrient intake, BMI and PCOS symptoms were recorded. They were given a Superfoods kit containing functional ingredients and diet counselling was given every week and diet plans given once in 15 days. They were also asked to update their food and water intake, sleep and exercise routine in the Truweight mobile application.
Customised meal plans were offered to the clients and personal nutritionist coaches were assigned for each client. Throughout the six months, clients’ were asked to update their exercise routine, food and nutritional intake, water intake, sleep duration in the mobile app and the coach were monitoring and guiding the clients based on these. Truweight’s in-house Ayurvedic physicians have given consultation monthly once and were asked the enrolled clients to check and submit their sugar levels once a month and the clients’ weight loss progress were also recorded on every 4th day as per the standard procedure instructed to the clients.
After six months, the initial and final readings were analysed. The results showed that the Truweight program showed a significant reduction in BMI. Clients’ lost an average of 8-20 per cent of their initial weight. Prominent symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome like facial hair, acne and irregular menstrual cycles showed improvement.
The study also indicated that the mean nutrient intake in terms of fat (25g), protein (46.2g) and carbohydrate (154.3g) were positively linked to healthy weight loss.
The Truweight concludes that diet management is the first line of treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Coupled with exercise, there will be a significant improvement in BMI. This reduced BMI is the key to improving Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and its related symptoms.