That is really encouraging to read - thank you! So far I have been following Spark's suggestions for just about everything, and staying within the carbs range has never been a problem. It's good to know that I am on the right track.
It's been 6 weeks since I was diagnosed (with both PCOS and a thyroid problem), and 5 weeks since I started with Spark. I've lost 5 pounds, and I have noticed some significant positive changes to my energy levels, so things are looking up.
How do I deal with the carbs? Well, I started this lifestyle after lots and lots of research and with a desire to lose for life, from the research I noticed that carbs get a bad rap... it is true that Protein and Fiber are the keys to fast weight loss but I asked myself if I could sustain that for the rest of my life. So, my husband (who studied to be a naturopathic doctor) and I decided that it would be best to follow Spark's advice on carbs and stick within the range they have allotted me. I have no problems doing this as we eat tons of fresh vegetables, only whole grains and brown rice. I like to eat a high fiber, high protein breakfast with a reasonable number of carbs, I have an apple or grapefruit as a snack and a big lunch then we have a small supper together, most of the time supper will be meat and spinach salad.
I have some friends who had a lot of success with Atkins, South Beach and other low carb diets, two of them even lost over 100 pounds but sadly, none of them have been able to sustain their weight loss and have regained it all and more in some cases. I am not sure if what I am doing is right for everyone but it works for me .
Also... I work out a lot - this helps to burn carbs.
So soy has more protein than dairy? I didn't know that!!
Also, I have noticed apples have lots of fiber, but they also seem to be one of the higher crab fruits. How do you deal with so many carbs, even though you are getting so much fiber too? Certainly you're not eating ONLY fiber-rich foods, right?
I concentrate on my fiber as I know it is the #1 important issue with IR and PCOS. It can be very difficult to get enough but you would be surprised at the foods that pack a good punch. As mentioned the Fiber1 Cereal and bars are great, but my favorites are from the health food store, they are called fibresense, they are a bit pricey but they have 10G of fiber, 30G of Carbs and 17G of Protein.
Now that I am eating better I have found that Apples pack a ton of fiber 6G per 1 large apple and Grapefruits are also AWESOME. As for protein, soy and beans are great. I substituted all my dairy with soy products and get more protein that way as well.
Hope some of these help. Stop by my page if you would like some more suggestions.
Yeah I've been eating the Fiber One granola bar things. And I've gotten some high fiber sandwich bread to each with lunch. The only problem is that both of those are high in carbs (especially the Fiber One bars, so it kinda defeats the purpose of eating all that fiber).
I'll check out the cereals and yogurts though. Thanks.
Hey, I lack fiber so I can't be help there, but I make a protein shake in the morning (within an hour of waking up) to kick start my system so to speak. I researched the different kinds and made sure the one I bought was lower in calories and low in sugar and I add it to 1 cup skim milk. It really has been great for me and gives me energy till lunch time. Some of them taste gross, but some can be quite tasty.
I'm wondering if some of you can share some tips with me on how you manage your diet. I've been using SparkPeople for about a month now, and it's great for letting me know where my diet is lacking. I've been able to make adjustments that have been beneficial.
However, no matter what I do, I'm finding it very difficult to meet my fiber (which is super important for PCOS) and protein goals every day. Apparently I am just not eating enough food or something.
What do you do to get sufficient protein and fiber each day??
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