WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissues that normally lines inside of the uterus called endometrium, grows outside the uterus. Organs which endometrium may commonly grow to are mostly the ovaries, fallopian tubes, of the intestine. Endometriosis can lead to weight gain.
WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)?
PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. Women with PCOS produce too much insulin, or the insulin they produce does not work the way it should. Women with this condition therefore tend to gain weight because of the inability of insulin to function normally. In some people, however, PCOS develops later on as a result of substantial weight gain.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT/LOSS WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS AND POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
Women with endometriosis and PCOS are faced with the serious challenge of weight gain. This poses a serious concern that can result in intimidation and frustration. Let’s review some causes of overweight as regards these two disorders – endometriosis and PCOS. These causes include:
- Bloating And Fluid Retention
This does not cause the body to gain fat, but it can make a person look and feel heavier. Bloating can affect cloth fitting on your body.
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease. Estrogen dominance causes a gain in weight.
- Endometriosis Medications
A synthetic form of the hormone progesterone is one of the most effective treatments for endometriosis. Many women experience weight gain with progesterone.
Pains from endometriosis and PCOS are enough to make it difficult for a woman to exercise or stay active. This inactivity over time can cause her overweight.
- Hormonal Imbalance/Insulin Resistance
Hormonal imbalance and insulin resistance associated with PCOS can cause overweight.
To check overweight related to endometriosis and PCOS, the following methods can be adopted:
Natural Weight Loss Method & Diet
- Reduce your carbohydrate intake.
Eat low glucose; a low carbohydrate diet may reduce insulin levels in women, thereby leading to weight loss.
- Enough protein intake
Protein helps maintain blood sugar and improves the feeling of fullness after a meal. Higher protein intake can help boost weight loss. High-protein foods like eggs, seafood, nuts, etc, are good for women with PCOS and endometriosis.
- Eat healthy fat in your diet
Although fats are rich in calories, healthy fats added to meals can expand stomach volume and reduce hunger. It also leans body mass. The list includes coconut oil, but butter, olive oil, and avocado.
- Eat more fiber
Fiber helps you stay full. A high fiber diet helps reduce insulin resistance, body weight, and body fat.
- Eat food rich in probiotics
Probiotics may support your gut bacteria thereby helping weight loss in obese women.
- Stay away from processed foods.
processed foods always have added sugar, such include cookies, candy, fast food, and cakes. They raise blood sugar levels and result in overweight.
- Avoid gluttony
Gluttony results in eating disorders. Plan your eating. Mindful eating helps promote awareness of internal eating cues and may induce weight loss.
- Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is commonly linked with infection or injury. Inflammation is common in women with PCOS and endometriosis and has been linked to obesity. Diets high in whole foods like fruits and vegetables check inflammation.
- Drink sufficient water
Avoid dehydration. Take in enough fluids. It helps cleanse your system. Alkaline water is very useful to your body.
- Regular exercise
Body cardio and weight training exercises are useful to the body, especially obese people, to drop body fat, and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Manage stress
Stress management can help keep fit. High cortisol levels are caused by stress. Take stroll outs. Choose interesting movies, entertainment, and novel reading. Engage in activities you love rather than worry about.
- Have enough sleep
Endometriosis and PCOS may lead to sleep disturbances resulting in sleep apnea and insomnia. Sleeplessness increases the activity of hormones that steers hunger (cortisol and ghrelin) and causes you to eat more frequently. This can cause obesity.
- Use of supplements
Several supplements may help reduce weight. Supplements like Myo-inositol and carnitine are helpful to reduce weight and cortisol symptoms.
Weight reduction can be performed through surgical procedures. Currently, there are 3 types of weight loss (bariatric) surgeries. They are:
- Gastric bypass
The surgeon attaches a pouch to the stomach which bypasses the stomach and sends food directly into the small intestine.
- Gastric banding
This involves a surgeon placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. This procedure can adjust the amount of food a person’s stomach can hold.
- Sleeve gastrectomy
This involves a surgeon removing 80 to 85% of the stomach, then stapling the remaining stomach together. This helps reduce the amount of food you can consume.