I recently read an AWESOME blog post explaining some new research which suggests that, for women with PCOS, mealtime helps improve fertility. The premise is this: Increased caloric intake at breakfast can lead to lower testosterone levels and increased ovulation frequency.
It is important for women with PCOS to focus on insulin management, rather than weight loss. Based upon this understanding, a study was conducted in which sixty women with PCOS were randomly assigned to one of two 1,800 calorie maintenance diets with exactly the same foods. The only difference in the diets was when the foods were consumed.
The first group ate a 983 calorie breakfast, a 645 calorie lunch, and a 190 calorie dinner. The second group had a 190 calorie breakfast, a 645 calorie lunch, and 983 calorie dinner. After 90 days, the researchers tested participants in each group for insulin, glucose, and testosterone levels as well as ovulation and menstruation.
Women in the “big dinner” group maintained consistently high levels of insulin and testosterone throughout the study, while women in the “big breakfast” group experienced a 56 percent decrease in insulin resistance and a 50 percent decrease in testosterone. This reduction of insulin and testosterone levels led to a 50 percent rise in ovulation rate, indicated by a rise in progesterone, by the end of the study.
This might be tough news for all of you breakfast-skippers out there. But personally, I think it is great news. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. BUT… a big breakfast is NOT an excuse to eat badly. Our big breakfasts need to consist of good, whole foods, and be packed with nutrients that can keep us going all day. In other words, a jumbo cinnamon roll is just not the best choice. Obviously.
Since cinnamon rolls are out, here are some better breakfast ideas!