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Food cravings are a symptom of PCOS. Insulin resistance and elevated insulin levels are found in almost all women with PCOS. Insulin resistance is frequently accompanied by excessive carbohydrate cravings which can lead to overeating.
A weight loss plan is part of the lifestyle treatment for women with PCOS and this can be very difficult when you have constant food cravings.
Here are ways to manage your food cravings
1 Don't skip meals
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When you have PCOS, you should eat every three to five hours to keep your blood sugar in check. You are more prone to crave sweet meals when you're hungry because the longer you go without eating, the lower your blood sugar becomes.
2 Avoid sugary and processed foods
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In your gastrointestinal tract, processed or sugary meals are swiftly broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream, and they quickly elevate the blood sugar levels, which then fall quickly causing food cravings.
3 Focus on Protein
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If you have frequent food cravings, one of the underlying factors could be a lack of protein in your diet. Foods high in protein do not elevate insulin levels as much as carbohydrate foods do so getting enough protein at meals can assist to keep blood sugar levels in check.
4 Exercise on a regular basis
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Physical activity is a great stress reliever and stress can be a major factor in a food craving. You can reduce your cravings by performing mindfulness-promoting activities such as walking or yoga, which might help you tune into your emotions and avoid cravings.
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