Everyone's PCOS symptoms are slightly different, which means that the approach to treating each person's PCOS should be different. That's where we come in! OnPoint's approach to PCOS treatment is backed by the latest scientific evidence and has helped hundreds of clients reach their health and wellness goals.
Here is the full rundown of how we work to help our clients manage their PCOS:
Step 1: Assessment
Each person's case of PCOS is different and its causes are not fully understood. This means that each person's PCOS diet must be tailored to the individual. Research suggests lifestyle change to be the first line of treatment for women dealing with PCOS. Women who achieve weight loss of as little as 5-10% of their body weight experience a significant improvement in ovulation rates. In order to do this, we must first work to identify areas of your diet that we can improve.
The Basics of a PCOS Diet
- Eat a balanced diet
- Choose high quality, high fiber carbohydrates
- Follow a consistent routine with regular meal times
- Choose nutrient rich foods high in vitamins and minerals
Step 2: Program Personalization
Maintaining a balanced diet and healthy weight are key in managing PCOS symptoms. Your personal nutritionist or dietitian will create materials that are personalized to your specific needs. Throughout your program, we will structure your meal planing guides and weekly goals to help improve your diet and manage your PCOS symptoms.
When it comes to PCOS, our team focuses on a few different diet and lifestyle improvements:
- Weight loss as needed: Your nutritionist or dietitian will calculate your energy and macronutrient needs to help you lose weight if needed. You will work together in your sessions to set goals that are centered around making sustainable lifestyle changes. You will discuss food choices, nutritional needs, and navigating life schedules and events.
- Distribution and quality of carbohydrate-containing foods: With PCOS, distribution, as well as quality, of carbohydrate containing foods is more important than eliminating them all together. Your nutritionist or dietitian will be monitoring to ensure you're including high quality carbohydrates and spreading your servings out throughout the day to ensure your blood sugar is not skyrocketing too high or dipping too low at any given meal or snack time.
- Inclusion of nutrient rich food high in vitamins and minerals: Studies show consuming foods high in Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Iodine, Selenium, and Magnesium will greatly aid in improving insulin resistance, and decrease the severity of symptoms associated with PCOS.
- Navigating social events and lifestyle changes: Managing a condition can be difficult to do when social events or life get in the way. Your nutritionist or dietitian will help you plan and prepare for these circumstances and ensure that you stay on track through the wrenches that life throws at you!
Step 3: Monitor outcomes
Research suggests the best way to achieve long term results is through sustainable dietary changes. Throughout your program, your nutritionist or dietitian will monitor your progress to ensure that your program is serving you well. We will be on the lookout for changes in symptoms over time and any potential ways to increase success. These outcome measures help us determine the direction of your plan moving forward!
Want to hear about a client who successfully learned out to manage their PCOS by working with our team? Click HERE to check out Chelsea's story!