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TOMMIEHANNAH
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2/10/09 11:16 P

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I'm not trying to start controversy. I had read in many other posts that PCOS sufferers were told to take the Metformin either BEFORE a meal or right after the meal. I had been told that if it upset my stomach I could take the Metformin before I went to sleep.....as it turns out, I had been taking the Metformin before bed for the past seven months and not able to lose even ONE pound. Since I have been taking the Metformin right before I eat the Metformin is working (to break down sugars in the food). I also don't have any stomach problems, ESPECIALLY if I don't eat foods high in carbs or sugars.....

I wish I had asked more questions during my endo appointment, but that is the way of it. I will see my endo again in May and you can bet that I have a list of questions for him. EsPECIALLy about carbs.




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HJACENKO
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2/10/09 9:50 P

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I have a question about what TOMMIEHANNAH was saying about taking metformin the "correct " way before meals. What does that mean? Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I take 2 500 mg in the morning and 2 500 mg at night.... if I'll loose 7 lbs I will change it. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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SOFTTHINGS
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2/10/09 9:20 P

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i'd say, give a new diet a month or so. just to see how you really feel. it takes us pcos ladies longer to lose unfortunately, so twice as long to see results. i say cut back you sodium at the same time if you want, then you can add it back in after you see results and you will know if it is a problem if you gain weight or feel super bloated or whatnot. of course i am not a dr or a dietician. but, if you start feeling bad, then maybe it is time to try something else. good luck!


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VKALBURY
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2/10/09 5:18 P

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It is so nice of you all to respond. I'm not usually good at reaching out when I need help, so this is very encouraging to know that others like me are out there and I appreciate you all taking the time out of your day to share your stories with me.

When you are trying to see what works, i.e. cutting down on sodium, restricting carbs to a certain number, etc. do you just try one thing at a time? If so, for how long do you try it?

Thanks again! I appreciate the support!emoticon


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ERINLINDZ
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2/10/09 4:18 P

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With the calorie tracker... it takes into your fitness level. the more acurate you are about how active you are the better. and as someone stated it doesn't take into account any medical conditions.

I know how you feel. I have been stuck in the 225-218 range. now finally back to 220 since November (when the battle started). I hope something I said helped.

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SOFTTHINGS
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2/10/09 1:37 P

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i know how you feel and i hate this for you. i have been going through the same thing. i am so embarrasses at the gym because i bust my butt and still look the same, and i bet people wonder. as for the metformin, the theraputic dosage for that is 2000 mg for people with pcos. my new endo just told me that. i have been on 500mg for the past year. so we are going to slowly up the dosgage to the 2000. i can already tell a difference. i am not craving food anymore!!! oh my god! i feel like i have been set free! i thought i had a problem emotional eating. but, it was just the blood sugar still not being stable or used properly i guess! if i have the money i am going to try his dietician too. i think with diet it really is trial and error. i look for answers on pcosa.com or soulcysters.com and i find so many options. low carb, big breakfast, low cal, moderate carbs. i wish there was just one magic pill for all of it. i am keeping my fingers crossed for you and me. good luck, there is hope. i think it is keeping consistent with something long enough to not lose hope. my new dr did tell me it was super hard for us to lose weight, and our diets had to be near perfect for it to happen. so depressing. what did we do to deserve this? ugh!





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2/10/09 11:49 A

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Everyone with PCOS is different, and works for one might not work for another, some say that they do well on under 150g of carbs a day other's its at that level or even higher.

There is no right or wrong answer in general, the only answer is that you need to find what works for you and once you do to stick to it.

My diabetic dietition said that my 2,500 to 3,100 cals a day was a good range for me with all the working out that I do - and yes at that amount i have lost weight, were as under 1500 nothing budges for be what so ever (yet eating over 1500 can be an issue with me at times because I'm full [of late its not been an issue but in the past it has been]).

Sp can not take into consideration any medical condition you might have when it gives you a cal rang, thus it is best for you to see a dietition and work with them to find the right range for you. For me if I follow SPs range, I average a few pounds every few months off (if I follow my own, its about a pound a month average I get off)

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TOMMIEHANNAH
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2/10/09 11:36 A

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Ah, the famous yo-yo of PCOS strikes again! I have had the exact thing happening to me in the past week or so and it is frustrating. I keep thinking if I do all the things right it's bound to make a difference. I found out that I was taking my Metformin wrong and tried to take it the "correct" way (before each meal), and I lost 7 pounds in two weeks but now it's all back! I don't know if this has something to do with ovulation or not since I stopped taking my OC (also thinking that was keeping me from being able to lose weight). I am having some terrible issues with this. I had to meet a guy my husband works with the other day and it killed me to shake hands with him, thinking that he must be disgusted with me (as disgusted as I am with myself)......God! I need help!

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ONEHOTKRYSTAL
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2/10/09 11:12 A

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Sometimes it takes time to figure out what works for you. Are you watching sodium? I know how frustrating weight loss is... I weigh in on Saturday and to keep myself accountable weigh in daily to find an increase of 1-2 pounds just a day after. Well obviously we can't have gained that much overnight! If you consider how much you'd have to eat to truly gain... so it could be water retention.

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VKALBURY
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2/10/09 11:09 A

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Thanks for responding. I feel just like that sometimes. I had a donut and a few s'mores this weekend while camping and now I am up 3.5lbs. Spark says I should be between 1650 and 2000 calories.


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ONEHOTKRYSTAL
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2/10/09 11:05 A

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Eck, weight loss and PCOS together are two evil things. I think every person is different in how they respond to things. Some do well with high calories... some do not as good. Some use moderation, some decide to cold cut everything. All I know is if I eat sodium, fast food, or anything chip like I gain in a second so I have to severely limit things like that myself.

What does spark people suggest as your calories range?

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VKALBURY
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2/10/09 10:49 A

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Hello, everyone. I am new here and am totally confused as far as what to eat, drink, etc. I think I am on the right track, but everywhere I turn, there is some information to contradict what I am doing. I was basically diagnosed with PCOS about 10 years ago. I am on Metformin 500mg b.i.d. at the current time. I just stopped my NuvaRing and am trying to get back to having periods on my own. At my highest, I weighed 232 pounds. I have managed to take off almost 40 of that, but my weight seems to be stuck between 195 and 200 and can go up as much as 3lbs overnight. I am trying to avoid white bread, potatoes, sugar, etc. and then I read somewhere that everything is okay in moderation. I am trying to restrict my calories and then I read that I should be eating MORE and should be staying in the range of 1600-2000 a day, which seems like a lot. I don't know if I am on the right path here and I am growing frustrated because I was down to 189 and now am up to 200. Last week, I was at 195! Any insight would be appreciated!


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