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Well my weight has been a battle for forever I actually got up to around 400 pounds...not sure exactly as I hated to get on the scale and the scale did not measure that high. I started by exercising and eating sensible but not counting calories and I actually got done to 255 I have since gained 40 of the pounds back over the last 7 years but for the most part I have maintained my weight. I know eat much better due to the fact as I have insulin resistance so while the weight loss is slower this time around it is slowly coming off...my best advice is to think of it as a lifestyle change...make the change and stick to it
exercise even if it is just walking in a pool is the best as well as eating a healthy diet
My Goals For May 2012
Work on Scheduling of my activities
Plant my garden
Read 1 book a week for pleasure
Put me first
I've lost with Weight Watchers and now my Dr. recommended South Beach because of the problems PCOS causes with carbs. I agree that we all just have to find out individually what works and stick with it. Cheat a little, but basically follow your eating plan to a T.
I'd love to hear more stories...
I haven't be diagnosed with PCOS but I think I do have this. Just all the reading I've done and given my medical history. I will talk to my doctor more about it when I see her next. In the meantime I'm contiue to research what works best.
I have a HARD time shedding pounds...it's very slow.
Thanks for the stories so far.
The motivation you need to successfully lose weight is like a fire. It will burn hot and long when you provide it with the fuel it needs, but it will die out quickly if you donít. - SparkPeople article
I drop weight slow, but I just do what they say you should do. I count calories daily. I did research to find the calorie range I shouldn't drop below and then what I needed to maintain my weight and set a range in there. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink lots of water. I eat whole grains and whole wheat. I try to have a protein with every meal or snack (PCOS people need that to balance carbs). I exercise 4 to 5 days a week and do strength training. I lost 25 lbs in 4 months doing that so far. I also lose weight better off of PCOS. But if I fall off the wagon (like I have the past two weeks), I gain weight back quickly. I have to really monitor and move forward or I'll get it back quickly. I cannot handle much sugar or I show big gains.
Rachelle, mom of two.
Everyone is different in how the PCOS effects them and what will work or wont work for them.
I've dropped weight nice and slow (average 20 pounds a year), and all I have been doing is eating high carb (60%), medium protein (25%) and low fat (15%) - all under medical supervision.
For me I dropped the most weight while I was on Lupron (the month I was on it I dropped 10 pounds), though I also dropped weight prity steady while I was on depo provera (actaully that is what kick started my weight loss to start with, before that I was holding at the same weight for close to 10 years without it budging).
Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core
I try to eat low carb foods, but healthy fibers (lentils, beans, whole grain bread and pasta once in a while) and I normally eat fish, turkey, & chicken most of the time. I have red meat about 2x/month and since I am allergic to soy I have to avoid that because it really messes up my hormones. I eat vegetables and spring mix salad and I try to eat low-carb fruits such as, berries and pears. I also eat cottage cheese and egg beaters, but my biggest splurge has to be full-fat gourmet cheeses. I love high quality cheese (as I love my high quality chocolate that I have once in a while), so I try to have a little cheese of my choice, every other day. I also buy low-carb protein bars from www.vitacost.com or whatever my bariatric surgeon recommends (I had Lap Band surgery 17 months ago and I follow their rules as to eating healthy, low-carb meals). All the best to you! :)
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As I am finding I am not the only one that is finding it hard to drop these unwanted lbs with PCOS.
What are other memberís tips? What types of foods should one stay away from, what has worked for you? What is the BIG secret to beat the pounds with PCOS??? I keep hearing the best way to beat PCOS is weight loss, however having PCOS is sooooooo dang hard to drop those unwanted ugly pounds!