We all dread weight gain. Who wants to look twice the size we were back in our teens? Half the features vanished and a completely different person in place! Now if there’s an added cause to it, like PCOD which just defeats all of our efforts to shed that weight, then it feels like there’s no more use in living at all! Don’t worry, you are not alone.
Today’s topic is not about what you should do to get rid of this problem, but more about what to do even if you can’t get rid of it!
Weight gain is not the worst thing about PCOD
Yes. And I want you to know that.
In a recent interaction I had with some women, most mentioned that weight gain was their top most concern about PCOD. See most of them were not worried about having irregular periods or having a pathological balloon like swelling in their ovaries or the pain, the one thing they hated about the problem was that it caused them to grow fat!
Honestly, not what I expected.
As a doctor, I saw things differently. Like my main concern would be, how quick can I get this patient to start getting menses on her own, you know like without meds. Or when will this patient of mine start ovulating naturally and be able to get pregnant.
So for me, I would pay little attention to complaints of skin, hair and weight. As I always felt, I have bigger issues about your problem, to deal with.
So, who’s wrong here? Honestly, none of us. Both of us see the problem from angles, and none of our priorities are wrong. But if a doctor failed to address even the minor issues that bother you as a patient, he/she would fail to make you healthy. Why? Because these small things when combined have a larger impact than it looks like. So go ahead and feel free to share your actual concerns with your doctor, however silly they might seem.
But I must tell you, that your worries about weight gain are misplaced.
Don’t blame PCOD for everything.
Because PCOD is not a cause, but in fact a result in itself, just like weight gain.
Meaning, both have the same reason – Hormonal imbalance. Hormones are the basic reason for everything from the start of the problem to the end of the problem. Be it irregular periods or no ovulation or even for that matter weight gain or hair fall.
Let’s take weight for now. Since that’s the #1 problem for most of us with PCOD.
Normally, when you are healthy, you have a certain weight range, right? Like since young age. Now some of us were on the higher side of the weighing scale since young age. That doesn’t mean we are unhealthy since childhood. It just means that naturally or sometimes genetically, we are like that.
The problem is when we start going beyond our usual range. And we note, that not only is our weight increasing, but we have also started having all sorts of other problems. Tiredness, lack of interest, mood disturbances, and slowly it adds to irregular periods also.
You agree with me so far?
So you see, irregular periods or PCOD comes far later than the weight gain most of the times. The actual problem is that body’s natural ability to regulate hunger, your tastes and distastes, your metabolism is disturbed and that is why all this is happening. Why I’m telling all this is, PCOD or not, weight gain can be reversed. Not because of meds, not because of drinks and whatever. But because it’s in your control, in your body’s control. And I want you know that. All other things, can help, but not do the job on their own.
Weight gain in PCOD is not irreversible
The last thing you must know by heart about weight gain, is that by no means is any weight gain irreversible. Even the one that comes with PCOD.
All we need is the body to work in its right condition, which can be done setting all things necessary for the perfect functioning of the body first. Once that’s achieved, you automatically start feeling more conscious of what you are eating, your body digests what you eat better, you stop adding calories, you start feeling automatically motivated to be more physically active and indulge in exercise. And just like that, you would start seeing results. Seems like the perfect dream, but that is possible.
Remember, it all starts with you. Your mind. Only you can decide what you want to be.
Know that you can be whatever you want to be. But you will have to put the hard work. Not only terms of diet and exercise, but in terms of the right mindset too.
You can’t be drowned in negative thoughts and stress, and think you are still going to eat well and exercise right. Everything is related. If you are stressed, automatically you will eat unhealthy food. Automatically you will be uninterested in walking and exercise. And even if you do, you body will be walking, but your mind will doing the opposite.
So, start now! And don’t lose hope.