The first thing (and most important) that you should do before you start any program to lose weight with PCOS, is to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider will probably do an assessment and take some labs to make sure you are in a healthy place and can get the most out of any lifestyle modifications you will be making in order to lose weight.
At this appointment, your healthcare provider will go over any medications or any health regimen modifications you will need to do in order to stay healthy while losing weight. This is especially important if you are taking insulin because your dosages might have to be changed to prevent any drops that can come from diet changes or an increase in exercise.
So, be sure to get clearance from your healthcare provider before you start any program to lose weight with PCOS.
Make a commitment
Commitment is KEY. You can’t stick with any program if you aren’t committed. If you continue to put your weight loss goals lower on the priority scale than other areas in your life, it will be very easy to find all the excuses in the book to skip your plan.
Time is no excuse. Health should always be towards the top of your list because if you are not healthy, it can prevent you from being able to do anything else in life, including performing at your peak at your job.
What is your weight holding you back from doing right this very minute that you wish you could change? If you view your weight loss as a priority in your life, you will be able to find the time necessary to be successful.
Create realistic goals
How are you going to know how much weight you want to lose or how you are you are going to lose the weight if you don’t set any goals? Have you heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals?
When determining your goals, it is important to include the following: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
- Specific: Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight” your goal should say, “I want to lose 20 pounds”.
- Measurable: Each goal should have a way of measuring it in determining if you met it or not. For example, when creating a weight loss goal, you should put an amount on it like in the example above instead of just saying, “I want to lose weight”.
- Attainable: Is you goal actually something that you want to accomplish? Is it something that is important to you?
- Realistic: Is it realistic that you lose 100 pounds or is 50 pounds all you need to be in a healthy weight? You must be able to achieve the goal and you must be willing to achieve it. If you don’t want to reach your goal you won’t reach your goal.
- Timely: You must place a time limit on your goal. For example, “I want to lose 20 pounds by December 25”. It has to have an end date so you have something to strive for. If you leave out the time piece, you won’t be as motivated to get it done.