I agree on the low carb, it's not no carbs, it's eating the right ones at the right time of the day. We should stay away from refined carbs, ie your white bread, white pasta, etc. We should switch to whole wheat, and a lot of our "good" carbs can from from fresh fruits and veggies. It's also for me about the time of day. I eat most of my carbs in the early part of the day so my body can burn them throughout the day, and in the evening I focus more on my protein, since our body burns protein while we sleep to restore tissue, etc. Don't worry you will find what works for you!
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Hi there....I've was diagnosed PCOS 24 yrs ago. I don't agree that you have to eat low carb. I think it's more about the type of carbs that you eat. I just make sure that I'm within the carb range that Spark has given me and I usually lose 2 or 3 pounds a week. However,I HAVE drasitically changed the type of carb that I eat.It is processed carbs that are bad for us with PCOS so now I don't eat any sugar....natural or artificial sweeteners....and I only eat brown rice or bread (portion size of rice is 1/2 cup when cooked) and if I eat potatoes only around 100g or 3.5 oz each time. I try to stay away from packaged foods.
If my Mum didn't want to make me vegetables I'd buy them myself and cook them myself!!! How else are you going to get all your vitamins?!!!
If my calorie intake was too low and I didn't want to take in more carbs I'd prepare myself an omelette or have some cheese.Sometimes I open a tin of tuna and add some balsamic vinegar to it.
You must get your calories up if you stay doing low carb or else you'll make yourself weak and dizzy and will finish your journey to a healthier you before you ever really started.
Wishing you every success
By the way,I eat my recommended carb range as suggested by Spark as I say, and thanks to eating different type of carbs I've lost 68 pounds in 4 months....so you CAN have your bread and eat it
Edited by: LIBELULITA at: 1/10/2012 (17:26)
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Hi, I've been diagnosed with PCOS since I was 17 but I know for a fact that I've had it since I was 12 (it wasn't hard to piece all of the symptoms together... plus I have an aunt that's a nurse who has self-diagnosed me with insulin resistance). Anyway, after a very long time I found SP :) and so far I've lost 22lbs with just calorie counting but I can't seem to get past it. I found out I needed to do something about carbs. I decided to start through small steps, such as just having less of the carbs I currently have and then gradually moving on to replacing them with healthier options or removing them if I feel my body can't handle them.
The thing is, is my family (from what I've seen) are all at least overweight, generally speaking. We are Asian (Indian) and my mum can't see why I need to cut down carbs, saying a carb is a carb. She can't understand why I limit myself so much. We have a lot of rice and potatoes (don't get me started on junk food) during the week and if I ask for vegetables I always get told that there's no point because "she knows I don't eat them" (-_-'). I'm trying to make an effort but I don't know what to do. I'm a university student who spends most of the time coming home late nights (around 8-10) because its 2 hours away by public transport so cooking is a bit difficult.
How do you deal with carbs when living with others? Also, how do you reach your calorie limit while low carbing, because I really struggle reaching the minimum target.
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