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only deal with PCOS that i deal with is the thinning hair and the problem getting the weight off, ihave no other issues with it
i've found a high carb deal works best for me when it comes to getting weight off, that and taking a multi-vitamin does help
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've lost 60 pounds and my symptoms are certainly reversing and I was going to post about this for advice.
I used to go 6-8 months without a period and I was perfectly happy with that. I mean, who really wants one anyway, right? Now that I have lost the weight, I get it every couple of weeks. It's always fairly light, just need a pantiliner, but it's still there and completely annoying.
I still eat carbs, but I eat whole grains. I have switched wherever I possibly can. Bread, pasta, tortillas, etc. I stay within my SP limits.
I have also found that my sugar cravings have diminished greatly, except for when I have my period.
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Studies show that being thin does reduce PCOS symptoms (because being overweight exacerbates insulin resistance, which in turn makes it harder to lose weight - a vicious circle). All the more motivation! I am miserable on an extremely low-carb diet, but I have had the most success when I go a more moderate route, focusing on low-GI foods, "good" carbs, and very few processed foods.
Cutting carbs always helps because most of us are insulin resistant. With the naturally slow metabolism and insulin resistance, carbs are not our friend. I'm so much of a carb addict that I think chocolate should have its own food group, however I try to stick with diabetic diet numbers for carbs. My husband's doctor recommends 45-60 grams of carbs per main meal with a 15g carb snack between meals. This puts be between 165g and 210g of carbs per day. Also, if you eat high fiber food, the doctor said you could subtract from the carb count any amount of fiber over 4g.
I, too, can testify to losing weight helping with fertility. Two doctors told me I would not have children because of the PCOS. Five years of never preventing pregnancy, I became pregnant. Prior to my pregnancy success, I had lost about 50 pounds. The only explanation my doctor could offer (besides conveniently forgetting she had told me I wouldn't have kids) is that the weight loss brought my insulin down, helps stabilize my hormones, and made me ovulate.
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Thanks Amoredesol. Seems like the trick is to cut the carbs. Geez, I sure do like bread and candy, but it's time to get serious.
Definitely exercise and diet have played a major role in diminishing my symptoms. I have had a recent flare up of my PCOS symptoms and changing my diet helped in a major way. I started following a low glycemic diet and that alone made a huge difference in curbing my symptoms. Look into the South Beach Diet 'cause that kicked started my metabolism to lose weight...before that just like the other poster...no matter what i did i just GAINED weight...this is with training for a half marathon and yes i managed to put on 20 pounds in 2 months...but now with the South Beach and incorporating low glycemic foods (i don't want to jinx it here) i've managed to lose close to 8 pounds in about a month, i have tons of energy, the bloating is gone and no more crazy mood swings.
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Thank you all so much for the advice.
By taking Metformin, exercising and eating a low glycemic/low carb diet, I,ve s l o w l y .... lost some weight. I'm grateful for the loss, regardless of it's slowness, because before that i was gaining..blowing up..out of controll, and it seemed to have nothing to do with my dietary intake. I was actually on a general "heart healthy" diet and gained nearly 20 pounds, while walking on the treadmill every other day or so. That was when i was diagnosed. I'm happy to report, that now, not only the slow weight loss, but i generally feel better. I would say my symptoms have diminished greatly. i no longer have the mood swings.. swollen breasts.. bloating.. eternal PMS and cramping. I won't be having children anymore..so fertility isn't an issue for me. good luck! Chris
Health of Body & Spirit, Chris
PCOS affected my fertility. I prayed real hard and decided to try Chlomid (I think that is the spelling). I got pregnant on the first round. I was exercising and watching my diet up through birth. After having the baby I didn't make time to exercise and stopped watching my diet. I gained weight and my symptoms came back! So, all I can say for sure is if you lose weight and gain it back your symptoms will likely appear. Hope this helps.
I was diagnosed with PCOS some time ago, but haven't really been proactive with my weight loss until now. I don't experience severe symptoms, but am fearful that PCOS will affect my fertility when I'm ready to have children. Have any of you had a reversal of symptoms after taking on particular dietary changes or changes in exercise? Any herbal or naturopathic remedies to suggest? Thank you.
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