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Hi. I am 38 years old, live in the UK, and am trying to lose weight for lots of reasons.
I've been overweight on and off throughout my life, but several years of being unable to work has left me at the highest weight of my life.
It's impacting on my health, my self-confidence, and my ability to conceive. So, it's time to change.
My primary goal is to feel and look better.
My secondary, but very important goal, is to improve the symptoms of PCOS and to try to get pregnant.
Improving the symptoms of PCOS will also hopefully help prevent the development of diabetes and lower my cholesterol. Fortunately my blood pressure is normal. Pretty much the only thing about me that is!
If I can also improve my anxiety and depression that would be an added bonus.
I'm just beginning my journey. So far I have researched PCOS a fair bit, and found a lot of quite confusing information.
My main method seems to be to reduce my carbohydrate intake, reduce my overall calorie intake, and eat mainly protein, and good fats.
Foods I am particularly including, or planning to include, are: Chicken, Chick peas, Broccoli, Kale and Spring Greens, Sesame seeds, Wheat Germ, Salmon and other fish, Cinnamon, Romaine lettuce.
Foods to avoid: Mashed potato, Anything with white flour, white sugar, white rice. Anything processed. Anything with saturated or trans fats. Most cereals.
I am also supplementing with a large number of different pills, which so far have managed to restore my periods, which even last year were almost absent.
I get a fair amount of exercise. Although it's a bit sporadic, and I have issues with leaving the house due to anxiety, so this is something I do need to work on.
I am from East Anglia in the UK. I'm 38. I used to work as a bookseller, but I've been unable to work for a few years now.
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