OK - so, keep doing all the great work you've been doing, and I'd say that the weight gain is due to messed-up hormones.
If it's been a really long time since your last period, it could be that you haven't finished "cleaning out" yet. I would let your doc know what's going on and see what his suggestion is. He may want you to just wait and see what happens, though. I'd keep note on a calendar what's going on bleeding-wise, too, including how heavy, colour, clots (sorry, TMI!), etc.
This may be just a one-time thing, so, here's hoping!
In addition to the other suggestions, make sure that you aren't under eating! 1200 calories is EXTREMELY low!! That's the bare min before you start starving your body (which won't get any long term weight loss...that's why yo-yo dieting exists). If you are burning 900 calories a day, you will need WAY more than 1200-1400 calories. Make sure that you telling SP's fitness program that you are burning that many calories, so it can help you adjust. In a slow week, I burn about 1800-2000 calories in cardio alone. In a hard hitting week, I can burn 3000 or more! My diet definitely changes depending on my calorie burn. SP fitness track will even alert you if you are going way over in calories burned, so you can adjust it to get more nutrition. Yes, you need to eat less than you burn, but only to a point. If your body thinks it might be starving, it will do everything it can to hang on to energy (fat) to keep it going.
Most women really need at least 1500-1800 calories (unless there is NO exercise being done, but even then....) a day. It's tricky, but I can tell you from personal and professional experience that eating too little (no matter how healthy) will not produce weight loss.
I'm guessing that since you started BC, it's having a "normal" cycle that might be messing around with things. Also, BC can make women gain weight and stall weight loss. But don't neglect the caloric intake because in the long run, you will only hamper your weight loss and cause more problems than solve them.
Edited by: SOUTHERNMEL at: 6/21/2009 (18:48)
Melissa Nestor, MS, CSCS
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I feel that way, too, a lot. It's like my body gets "stubborn" and wants to hold on to everything, but then when it finally "let's go", it all goes off in a rush for a while, then back to "holding on"!
Don't give up!!! Even if the healthy behaviours aren't enough to manage the underlying Insulin Resistance (which is what's causing all this trouble), it does still help! If you're not on Metformin yet, you may need it to kick out of the rut. Many docs will prescribe Met automatically for PCOS, but if your doc it hesitant, then showing him your food and exercise journals might make him re-consider. Remember, too, that minimum dosage for PCOS is 1,500 mg/day (you have to work up gradually to that, though).
One last thing - I find that the Sparks nutrition plan is a little high in carbs for us, and their suggested menu has a few too many processed carbs. Try making their suggested low-end for carbs your high-end (same range, just shifted down), and change the menu so that the carbs are all "good" carbs and not so many "boxed" ones.
2 steps forward, 4 back - that is how i feel sometimes. You could still be retaining a bunch of water from that provera cycle - make sure you are drinking a bunch of water to flush your system out. And sometimes our bodies need time to catch up to new things so it may be that next week you'll see a drop of like 8 lbs all at once - our bodies tend to like the weight they are at, even though it is not healthy for them and so they hang onto the weight for as long as they can. I'd make sure also that the calories you consume are good calories - lean meats, lots of fruits and veggies, limited whole grains and good fats - stay away from white items and sugar in any form.
I worked so hard for the past 3 weeks. I mean I was staying between 1200-1400 calories a day. I was exercising twice a day 6 days a week, sometimes burning 900 calories a day. I lost 4 lbs, which I was so ecstatic about. Then my doc out me on Provera to make me have a period. I gained like 6 lbs during my cycle which didn't bother me, but now I am done and I am back to my original weight in 1 week! I haven't stop exercising or dieting, so why is this happening? I am so discouraged I can't even stand it!!! HELP!!!
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