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MRSTTHARP SparkPoints: (13,082)
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7/25/11 5:44 A

I hope that you are having success with the South Beach and PCOS, my daughter is recently diagnosed. I am very grateful to the Dr. that worked with her. She is 5'2 and weighed 155. Now that she is 130, exercising regularly and consistent with her eating habits, her symptoms are now controlled.

AMANDA2014FOX Posts: 567
7/25/11 12:37 A

Redshoes- I weighed 125 pounds when I was first diagnosed with PCOS and that was the heaviest I had ever been in my life up until that point. Within the years that followed I put on alot of weight BECAUSE of the things that PCOS brought along with it--- I did NOT get PCOS because I was obese.... I became obese because I had PCOS.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,872
6/24/11 10:40 P

i personally think the phase part of south beach is a little, well, curious and needless. i remember years ago that schools were basing menus off of the south beach plan. and i was all up in arms about it [i love me some carbs] because i though that children should not be subjected to this wacky fad diet thing. and kept yammering on in that vein until a friend [who was on south beach at the time] stuck my nose in the book. and i took a look at the eat this lists. it's really hard to argue with the eat this lists. besides allergies and artificial sweeteners, it's hard to find things against the foods that they are encouraging you to eat like dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, fish, and vegetables. yeah, they go really low on fruit to start, but you don't particularly need to do that. just focus on incorporating the foods on the eat this lists and you can see what kind of foods you really should be eating.

and also, don't follow the actual mealplans. most of the plans that i have figured the calories for tend to top out at about 1100 [the actual day plans are low cal, especially if you are exercising or larger than a very small and sedentary female], especially in phase one. i'll admit that i have not figured all the calories for all the plans and all the days, but i did randomly sample. figure out what range you should be in and use south beach as a guide.

PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 721
6/24/11 10:14 P

Redshoes- Although women with PCOS are oftentimes insulin resistent or overweight, they don't always meet that criteria. I'm 5'8, 127 lbs and have been diagnosed with PCOS. There are many people with this condition such as myself who would achieve no benefit from losing further weight.

ANARIE Posts: 12,418
6/24/11 8:28 P

I'm usually the first one to jump up and down and scream NOOOO!!!!!!! when anybody talks about low-carb diets, but South Beach isn't really low-carb. It's more like slow carb or smart carb. Phase 2 and 3 are really just a good old-fashioned "balanced diet." I'm a high-carb, low-fat girl myself, but South Beach doesn't look all that different from what I eat-- it includes a lot more fat than I choose to eat, but none of the high-carbohydrate foods that I eat are forbidden on South Beach, because they're all also high in fiber and/or protein.

Really, South Beach just helps you trade foods you know aren't good for you, like white bread and sugar, for foods that you know are good for you, like veggies and whole grains; and guides you to play it safe on foods that reasonable people disagree about, like white potatoes.

Of course, that's not so different from choosing the lower end of the Spark carb range and the higher end of the protein range, but having a book to follow will probably make it easier to learn the ropes. Ask your doc if she's okay with you starting in Phase 2, and then go for it. You're not doing anything weird or faddish.

And a lot of the South Beach recipes are very tasty! You probably won't even feel like you're on a "diet," and that's always a good sign.

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6/24/11 4:59 P

Thank you so much, DietitianBecky. This is the kind of feedback I was hoping to get. I am going to read up on the maintenance phase of South Beach and try to get on track with the plan.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,593
6/24/11 4:50 P

I often suggest the maintenance phase of the South Beach diet for PCOS...it is more along the lines of about 35-45% carbohydrates (depending of food selections). It encourages those carb foods from whole grains, fruits, low-fat dairy, beans, legumes, etc. It also encourages lean meats, vegetables, healthy fat sources etc. BASICALLY, the maintenance phase is similar to sparkpeople using the low end of your carb range or slightly lower.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

DUNKTHEBISCUIT Posts: 95
6/24/11 2:41 P

Many people find that low carb diets and careful managing of blood sugar levels do help with PCOS. As always, the human body differs in different people so no One True Way works for everyone :)

If you trust your doctor and you're in general good health, it cannot hurt to try it. Give it a reasonable length of time to have an effect, but remember you can always stop and follow another eating plan if you have adverse effects.

(A gyneacologist I'd never seen before told me to go on the Atkins Diet for my PCOS. Totally unsupported and without follow up appointments. When I mentioned I eat very, very little meat she just said that I'd lose weight the faster then. I didn't trust her because of her throwaway attitude and I find the Atkins diet isn't for me. Different bodies, different diets - sometimes we just have to experiment :P )

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6/24/11 2:25 P

Thanks to everyone with helpful advice.

BEARCLAW6 SparkPoints: (27,813)
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6/24/11 2:01 P

I will correct myself. By low-carb diet standards, South Beach is not low carb. But by SparkPeople standards, it is extreme. The SparkPeople recommendation is to eat no less than 45% of calories from carbs while the South Beach diet goes as HIGH as 28%. The general philosophies of the Living Low Carb team would be helpful in this situation. Meaning....how do you survive in a world that even sugar coats its jerky?

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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6/24/11 1:58 P

Why not just follow sparks peoples nutrition plan, it is free, it is middle of the road and it is a lifestyle change.. Also there is a plan for maintenance..

Doesn't matter what plan you follow PCO's is a issue that happens to younger women because of a increasing obesity problem.. Just getting the weight of usually helps many women..



Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 6/24/2011 (13:58)
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,042
6/24/11 1:53 P

South Beach is NOT a low carb diet... it is a low glycemic index plan.
HUGE difference!

BEARCLAW6 SparkPoints: (27,813)
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6/24/11 1:45 P

Yes, there is a South Beach Diet team (search for Beach and scroll down in the search results) and also a PCOS team. I would also suggest the Living Low Carb team, which is filled with people who have been living low-carb or moderate carb for years. While I am much more extreme, the South Beach diet is supposed to be a fairly moderate approach with goals fairly similar to SparkPeople, but with perhaps slightly lower carbs overall in the maintenance stage.

MBG976 Posts: 338
6/24/11 1:41 P

In my opinion, I think the SBD is a good well-rounded diet. It focuses on lower glycemic index foods. There is a Spark team that should be able to help you out.

RADIGIRL SparkPoints: (2,879)
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6/24/11 1:26 P

I had an appointment with my doctor to discuss my PCOS yesterday and she suggested that the best treatment for the condition is a low carb diet and suggested the South Beach Diet. I trust her and I would try anything to be symptom free. I am wondering if anyone has tried the diet, what your results were/are, and if you would recommend it.

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