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Posted on Sun, 30 Dec 2018 in Diet Plans
Question: I want to ask food which will help in dealing with PCOS.
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I want to ask food which will help in dealing with PCOS.
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Detailed Answer is given Below

Detailed Answer:
Dear Neelomi,

Greetings from Ask A Doctor!

PCOD, as you would know is the result of hormonal imbalance or visa versa. PCOD also affects the normal functioning of Insulin, a hormone responsible for glucose metabolism. In order to lose weight and tone the body it is important that you follow a good diet and focus on additional exercises (anaerobic weightlifting).

Reducing calories is the most important thing to consider. Add complex fiber from whole grains, salads, vegetables etc. Fiber ads buck to the diet while allowing you to take lesser calories. Avoid refined flour, juices, sugar, polished white rice etc.
Take vegetable oils for cooking and limit the intake to 3-4 tsp. a day. Avoid butter, cream, and fried foods. It would be good to avoid the full cream dairy products like cream, white butter and also full cream milk. Low-fat dairy should be preferred.
Include a variety of vegetables in the daily diet. The fiber-rich vegetables like, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot etc. should be regularly taken. Fruits are also equally important, but avoid the carbohydrate-rich fruits like XXXXXXX Banana, Grapes, Custard Apple, Sapota, Custard Apple, Avocado and Watermelon. These fruits add more calories to the diet.
Increase the fluid intake. Consuming approximately 2.5 to 3 liter of water every day would help you manage the weight. You may include fluids like sugarless lemon juice, tender coconut water, fresh soups, and green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which improves metabolism.
Limit the intake of caffeine. Excess of tea and coffee are not advisable. Exchange these drinks with healthier drinks like soup and barley water. Avoid carbonated beverages.
Too much-refined foods like refined flour and strained fruit juices lack the essential fiber and are rich in calories. These foods are not allowed while aiming at weight loss. Make sure that you include rice only once in a day, preferably for lunch.
Including the foods like whole grains, beans, pulses, chickpea, and kidney beans is advisable as these are rich in proteins. Getting the proteins from plant sources is advisable.
If you are a vegetarian, you should make sure that your protein requirements are sufficiently met. For achieving this, include at least 2 portions of the protein-rich foods in your diet.
It’s advisable that you also keep a check on the foods that contain additives and preservatives. Reduce the consumption of packed savories and other foods like cookies and bakery items.
Never skip meals. Rather have small and frequent meals. Emphasize on the breakfast, never skip it and aim at a light dinner. You may include a glass of skimmed buttermilk to your dinner. And make sure that your meals have plenty of salads and whole grains.


Make healthy lifestyle changes, apart from diet a balanced physical activity routine also helps you in achieving the weight loss target. Brisk walk for 45 minutes at least 5 times a week gives good weight loss results. Other forms of activities like playing badminton or swimming are also effective Focus on the localized body fat, especially around the waist and thigh. Try sit-ups, squats and abdominal crunches to shed the localized fat. Weightlifting is one of the best exercises to tone up the muscles and make them look firm.

Hope I was able to help you.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Detailed Answer is given Below

Detailed Answer:
Dear Neelomi,

Greetings from Ask A Doctor!

PCOD, as you would know is the result of hormonal imbalance or visa versa. PCOD also affects the normal functioning of Insulin, a hormone responsible for glucose metabolism. In order to lose weight and tone the body it is important that you follow a good diet and focus on additional exercises (anaerobic weightlifting).

Reducing calories is the most important thing to consider. Add complex fiber from whole grains, salads, vegetables etc. Fiber ads buck to the diet while allowing you to take lesser calories. Avoid refined flour, juices, sugar, polished white rice etc.
Take vegetable oils for cooking and limit the intake to 3-4 tsp. a day. Avoid butter, cream, and fried foods. It would be good to avoid the full cream dairy products like cream, white butter and also full cream milk. Low-fat dairy should be preferred.
Include a variety of vegetables in the daily diet. The fiber-rich vegetables like, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot etc. should be regularly taken. Fruits are also equally important, but avoid the carbohydrate-rich fruits like XXXXXXX Banana, Grapes, Custard Apple, Sapota, Custard Apple, Avocado and Watermelon. These fruits add more calories to the diet.
Increase the fluid intake. Consuming approximately 2.5 to 3 liter of water every day would help you manage the weight. You may include fluids like sugarless lemon juice, tender coconut water, fresh soups, and green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which improves metabolism.
Limit the intake of caffeine. Excess of tea and coffee are not advisable. Exchange these drinks with healthier drinks like soup and barley water. Avoid carbonated beverages.
Too much-refined foods like refined flour and strained fruit juices lack the essential fiber and are rich in calories. These foods are not allowed while aiming at weight loss. Make sure that you include rice only once in a day, preferably for lunch.
Including the foods like whole grains, beans, pulses, chickpea, and kidney beans is advisable as these are rich in proteins. Getting the proteins from plant sources is advisable.
If you are a vegetarian, you should make sure that your protein requirements are sufficiently met. For achieving this, include at least 2 portions of the protein-rich foods in your diet.
It’s advisable that you also keep a check on the foods that contain additives and preservatives. Reduce the consumption of packed savories and other foods like cookies and bakery items.
Never skip meals. Rather have small and frequent meals. Emphasize on the breakfast, never skip it and aim at a light dinner. You may include a glass of skimmed buttermilk to your dinner. And make sure that your meals have plenty of salads and whole grains.


Make healthy lifestyle changes, apart from diet a balanced physical activity routine also helps you in achieving the weight loss target. Brisk walk for 45 minutes at least 5 times a week gives good weight loss results. Other forms of activities like playing badminton or swimming are also effective Focus on the localized body fat, especially around the waist and thigh. Try sit-ups, squats and abdominal crunches to shed the localized fat. Weightlifting is one of the best exercises to tone up the muscles and make them look firm.

Hope I was able to help you.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 19 minutes later
Hello, this was indeed helpful.

I, however do not enjoy eating a lot of breakfast and have my meals focused on the dinner time, which sometimes happens to be at late hours.

I also, do not take green tea but would appreciate if you could suggest any other alternative or a method to make it taste good.

Lastly, is it alright if avocado & watermelon be taken during season and/ or once a week, as per availability?

Please also recommend a list of plant sources proteins. Thanks & have a good day!
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Hello, this was indeed helpful.

I, however do not enjoy eating a lot of breakfast and have my meals focused on the dinner time, which sometimes happens to be at late hours.

I also, do not take green tea but would appreciate if you could suggest any other alternative or a method to make it taste good.

Lastly, is it alright if avocado & watermelon be taken during season and/ or once a week, as per availability?

Please also recommend a list of plant sources proteins. Thanks & have a good day!
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 52 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Your queries are addressed below,

Detailed Answer:
1. Its always better to have a healthy breakfast on a daily basis and always try to make your dinner early and light.

2. You can try green tea which comes in the different flavor. Select the flavor which you like. If you don't like Green Tea, you can take lukewarm water with lemon and honey or normal tea with very less sugar.

3. Yes, of course, you may take avocado and watermelon as per the availability.

Hope I was able to answer your queries.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Your queries are addressed below,

Detailed Answer:
1. Its always better to have a healthy breakfast on a daily basis and always try to make your dinner early and light.

2. You can try green tea which comes in the different flavor. Select the flavor which you like. If you don't like Green Tea, you can take lukewarm water with lemon and honey or normal tea with very less sugar.

3. Yes, of course, you may take avocado and watermelon as per the availability.

Hope I was able to answer your queries.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 13 minutes later
Ofcourse, doctor. Thank you very much. :)
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Ofcourse, doctor. Thank you very much. :)
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 2 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Welcome

Detailed Answer:
You are Welcome!

Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Welcome

Detailed Answer:
You are Welcome!

Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 7 days later
Hello, I have a few questions with my diet & lifestyle -

Since a week (as I have duly noted), I have been avoiding outside food, junk & dairy.
I have cut down on sugar & unhealthy cravings. However, there has been an intake of white bread along with butter & cheese (once), and some farsan.

1. Please suggest methods and ways to deal with such indulgence & prescribe alternatives.

Secondly, my caffeine intake has been a cup of black coffee (without sugar) once a day.
Is it alright?

Thirdly, I have been taking lukewarm lemon water with honey in the morning as I get up. Is regular amount of such honey advisable? Also, does this help with weight loss?

Fourthly, I have been taking green tea with some pieces (one-two small sized) of jaggery. Is jaggery a good substitute to be had or are there any side effects like weight gain or as a trigger to the imbalance?

Fifth, what are the best alternatives to yogurt? Yogurt, as per a few sources have good bacteria which is essential but I don’t want to eat raw yogurt as I think it may not be helping my system. However, a total cutdown had caused itching and redness in the Vaginal region, for some months as a symptom, if I may. Is it related? If so, what to do about it?

Lastly, how do you check if you’re doing good to your system and keep a check on your progress with PCOD?
Thank you!
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Hello, I have a few questions with my diet & lifestyle -

Since a week (as I have duly noted), I have been avoiding outside food, junk & dairy.
I have cut down on sugar & unhealthy cravings. However, there has been an intake of white bread along with butter & cheese (once), and some farsan.

1. Please suggest methods and ways to deal with such indulgence & prescribe alternatives.

Secondly, my caffeine intake has been a cup of black coffee (without sugar) once a day.
Is it alright?

Thirdly, I have been taking lukewarm lemon water with honey in the morning as I get up. Is regular amount of such honey advisable? Also, does this help with weight loss?

Fourthly, I have been taking green tea with some pieces (one-two small sized) of jaggery. Is jaggery a good substitute to be had or are there any side effects like weight gain or as a trigger to the imbalance?

Fifth, what are the best alternatives to yogurt? Yogurt, as per a few sources have good bacteria which is essential but I don’t want to eat raw yogurt as I think it may not be helping my system. However, a total cutdown had caused itching and redness in the Vaginal region, for some months as a symptom, if I may. Is it related? If so, what to do about it?

Lastly, how do you check if you’re doing good to your system and keep a check on your progress with PCOD?
Thank you!
doctor
Answered by Neethu Vipin 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Your queries are addressed below

Detailed Answer:
Dear Neelomi,

Greetings from Ask A Doctor!!

First of all, I would like to appreciate the efforts you have taken to avoid all the junk and sweets. Once you are off all these junk and sweets, you will definitely feel the difference in one month or so.

Your concerns are addressed below,

1. You may consider taking whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
2. Lemon honey water in the early morning is a refreshing drink. Both honey and lemon are powerful ingredients with many health benefits. 1tsp of honey in a glass of lukewarm water can be taken.
3. Green Tea is best without any sweetening agents. Jaggery is a natural sweetener. But use this also in moderation as the calories will be the same as sugar.
4. Healthy alternatives to yogurt will be soy yogurt, almond yogurt etc. But I really don’t know about the availability of these in XXXXXXX Or else you may check with your Doctor for the Probiotic(healthy bacteria) supplements.
5. How to check the progress of PCOD is not my area of expertise. You may contact your Gynocologist for the same.

Hope this Helps.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Your queries are addressed below

Detailed Answer:
Dear Neelomi,

Greetings from Ask A Doctor!!

First of all, I would like to appreciate the efforts you have taken to avoid all the junk and sweets. Once you are off all these junk and sweets, you will definitely feel the difference in one month or so.

Your concerns are addressed below,

1. You may consider taking whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
2. Lemon honey water in the early morning is a refreshing drink. Both honey and lemon are powerful ingredients with many health benefits. 1tsp of honey in a glass of lukewarm water can be taken.
3. Green Tea is best without any sweetening agents. Jaggery is a natural sweetener. But use this also in moderation as the calories will be the same as sugar.
4. Healthy alternatives to yogurt will be soy yogurt, almond yogurt etc. But I really don’t know about the availability of these in XXXXXXX Or else you may check with your Doctor for the Probiotic(healthy bacteria) supplements.
5. How to check the progress of PCOD is not my area of expertise. You may contact your Gynocologist for the same.

Hope this Helps.

Thanks,
Neethu.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 4 minutes later
Really, thank you so much! :) appreciate your help.
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Follow up: Neethu Vipin 0 minute later
Really, thank you so much! :) appreciate your help.
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Answered by Neethu Vipin 2 days later
Brief Answer:
Greetings!!

Detailed Answer:
You are always welcome!!

Thanks,
Neethu.
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Brief Answer:
Greetings!!

Detailed Answer:
You are always welcome!!

Thanks,
Neethu.
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