Episode  #11: How to Lose Weight With PCOS

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Let me guess, your doctor probably recommended weight loss, but didn’t offer any help on how to actually lose and keep off the weight? 

Your doctor is correct that women who lose weight see amazing improvements in their PCOS symptoms but there is a missing link that often keeps women with PCOS from being able to lose the weight. 

There is a secret and missing link between struggling to lose weight and long-term success which is exactly what we will be talking about in this episode!

You shouldn’t need a medical degree to understand how your body works!

I have my master’s in Physician Assistant Sciences. I am licensed to diagnose and treat patients and I have treated many patients with PCOS and I also used to think weight loss was a mystery.  Since then I discovered the missing link and have assisted hundreds of women in following a lifestyle that helps them lose weight and reverse their PCOS. 

This is why I am so excited about this episode so let’s dive in! 

Unlike your doctor, I’m not going to tell you that you need to lose weight….

Weight loss isn’t the way to treat PCOS! I go into that in great detail during the episode. But if you want to lose weight I don’t want it to be a mystery for you. But make sure you are doing this for YOU because it is something you want. Otherwise, leave the shoulds behind and enjoy life on your terms.

The PCOS Weight Loss Formula

The way to lose weight is math, right? Eat less calories than you burn and every time that adds up to a pound of fat then you will lose a pound right?


Weight loss all starts by understanding the body fat, PCOS, and hormone connection.

These three things, your genetics, hormones, and body composition play off each other. And if you try to isolate just one such as body fat then while it might work in the short term you will ultimately gain the weight back and probably more. 

PCOS Weight Loss Starts with Your Root Cause. 

You can take the PCOS root cause quiz to learn more about your current primary root cause here. It is the best place to learn how to balance your hormones. Then follow the weight loss formula discussed in this episode and you’ll be good to go, my friend! 

Here’s a glance at this episode…


Let me guess. Your doctor probably recommended weight loss for your PCOS, but didn’t actually tell you how to lose weight and keep it off because I know you’ve tried and it hasn’t worked. Your doctor is correct that women who lose weight have amazing improvement in their PCOS, but there is a missing link to why it’s not working. And that is exactly what we will be discussing in today’s episode of the PCOS Repair Podcast.


I don’t think that you should need a medical degree in order to understand how your body works. And that is why I am so excited about today’s episode.

Women are often telling me that they need to lose weight, or some say that they don’t need to lose weight, they just need to fix their PCOS. Both of these groups of women share a number on the scale to justify the fact that they do or do not need to lose weight. 


The way to lose weight is all about the math, right? I mean, eat less calories than you burn, and every time that you eat enough less calories to equal a pound of fat, you’ll lose a pound, right? Wrong. 


The best place to start is to take the PCOS root cause quiz because it’s going to help you know where to focus on those couple of things I just mentioned: rebalancing sugar, inflammation, stressing, etc. 


Our weight loss philosophy that we want to approach PCOS with is that

  1. you do it if you want it. You can focus on PCOS hormone health without having the concern of weight loss.
  2. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. So we aren’t going on some fad diet or some huge restriction diet. We’re focusing on a healthy lifestyle that isn’t perfect, that’s nonrestrictive, that we do the best that we can at. We get better and better over time. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. 
  3. Forget the perfect. 
  4. We have to lose the weight in our mind before we can lose the weight on the scale. 


It really all starts with understanding our current primary root cause, what is our body currently struggling with and what is leading to hormone imbalance in our body. So the first step is to take that PCOS root cause quiz and then begin to address the lifestyle accordingly. 


Trying to lose weight as a treatment plan for PCOS is both fruitless and a frustrating endeavor because weight struggles are a symptom of hormone imbalance.

And while it does worsen the downward spiral of PCOS, trying to force that weight loss and starving yourself will only hurt your hormone balance. 

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

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