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7/8/12 2:47 A

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It's interesting all the different ways we meet the needs of our bodies.

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7/8/12 12:53 A

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There is a wonderful book called The New Glucose Revolution: Guide To Living Well With PCOS. It teaches about the glycemic index and learning what carbs are good and which ones are bad. You can control your blood sugar by eating healthy carbs. i have been using this very simple system to make decisions with food from what i buy at the grocery store to what i eat when i go out. I truly believe it has helped me transition to a healthy lifestyle. Most of my weight has been lost from knowing how to control my blood sugar.

I eat very few refined carbs. Almost no bread, very little rice, very little potato. Most of my carbs come from vegetables and fruits.

I also eat low fat with lean meats and dairy.

Good luck on your weight loss journey!

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7/7/12 11:47 A

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I've started a vegetarian diet. It's too early to tell much, but I did lose 3 pounds in the first week. Limiting all varieties of meat isn't a problem for me. I've never been a big meat eater. I usually ate 1.5 oz servings when I was a kid. Then I lived in Honduras and probably at meat once a month, if that. Limiting dairy is another matter. I grew up drinking lots of milk. While I was in college I could drink a gallon of milk per week by myself. I don't drink milk much any more, but I love cheese. With this way of eating I'm trying to use dairy as a condiment and not a large part of the meal. Since I started, I've realized that sugar cravings have gone down. I've had lots more energy and my mood is better. I'm eating as much whole grains, beans, veggies and fruit as I want. The naturopath says my body really likes what I'm doing and to keep it up.

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7/5/12 4:32 P

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JIACOLO - that is a good idea to pack up seconds right away when cooking! I too like to have leftovers the next day for lunch, but many times there's enough for seconds AND lunch! But to pack it away so I can't stick my fork in it while cleaning up is a great idea! Why is it we don't think of these things?? LOL

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7/5/12 3:14 P

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Exercise is also key for me to losing, although I have found that if I exercise at least 4 days a week I can eat a little less healthy and I will maintain my weight, neither losing or gaining. This is not necessarily a good thing.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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7/5/12 11:18 A

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Honestly, I didn't really lose much weight just following the No S diet. I only started to lose when I combined it with vigorous exercise, following Jillian Michaels workout DVDs and tracking calories on here.

I don't find that the benefit I get from the No S diet is weight loss, what I've really gained from it is SANITY!! It takes away all the agony over every small food decision. I don't need to spend ages deciding whether or not to have a sweet, or a snack or seconds. I don't. It's that easy. I feel I now eat like a 'normal' person. One plate, 3 times a day (although I do allow myself to snack on fruit if I need to, but only plain, fresh fruit). On S days (Saturdays, Sundays, Special days eg Christmas, 4th July, Thanksgiving your birthday etc, and Sick days) I don't need to feel guilty because I know that no matter what I'm eating, it's only 2 days out of 7. I never feel deprived enough to cause a binge, because the next opportunity to have a treat is only 5 days away. I just think, I can wait 5 days.

I don't ever see myself not following No S now, even though it failed to give me a good weight loss, the peace of mind it has given me regarding eating is far more valuable.

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7/2/12 9:07 P

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JIACOLO- Those are excellent strategies...I love the just one bite especially for sweets or other foods that might lead to a binge if we try to abstain totally. I'm really trying to apply strategies that I can continue as a life plan even after I lose all the weight and this fits right in!
Thanks! : )))))

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7/2/12 7:54 P

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I too cook and make enough to have seconds. But then I pack those seconds up for lunch the next day. There's less temptation when they are packaged up. Also, depriving yourself can really backfire. Because I eat extra protein each day, I am less tempted by sweets. However, if I want something sweet, I will have a small bite of something. Otherwise I might end up going back for more than just one bite.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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7/2/12 10:54 A

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I also love the idea of the NO S DIET, Sky_Kitty! Thanks for sharing! I'm always going back for seconds, and I actually cook sometimes so that I know there will be seconds for me to get! :OP These ideas are very good and sound a lot like what my doctor has been telling me. Even though there are different approaches, I think we are all on the same wave!

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7/1/12 7:00 P

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JIACOLO- that is an interesting approach to allow some carbs before 4 and then focus on protein & veggies after 4 and your weight loss sounds stellar! This is something that seems pretty easy to adapt to. Thanks for sharing that!

SKY_KITTY- I just recently heard about the NO S Diet....this one also sounds very doable! How much weight have you lost using this method? Thank you for sharing! : )))))))

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7/1/12 5:03 P

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I do the No S diet.
No snacks, No sweets, No seconds except sometimes on days which start with S.
This just means one plate of whatever food you choose, 3 times a day, and more freedom on weekends. It's incredibly simple but it feels great to eat just normally, the way previous generations used to eat before the obesity epidemic exploded.

I used to follow slimming world and lost 3 stone but had to leave when I moved to an island with no SW groups.

I'm also now mildly addicted to tracking my food intake on here.

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7/1/12 11:20 A

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I am working with a dr and nutritionist and they have me following an eating plan that includes carbs, but not after 4. I eat double carbs (2 pieces of bread in 2 carbs) in the morning and at lunch, but after 4 I concentrate on proteins and veggies. So far I have lost almost 30 lbs and I am pretty pleased with that.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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6/28/12 4:27 P

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I've been following my own deal since I got told I have PCOS end of 2003 ... lost the first 50 pounds without doing anything save being on Depo Provera (ate as I pleased and wasn't serious about working out - lots of life changes happening around that time in my life) then comes around 2005 junk happens in my life and I gained back and then some (blasted hospital food/stress) get back into the swing of things but now am at the highest weight I've ever been at so as ticked to say the least - see a link/ad for SP and seeing that its free I join up and start reading everything I can that the site has to offer.

First year passes and I go down to my pre-hospital stay weight - great am happy its finally come off I'm back to eating as I please and am on a higher dosage of Depo Provera (now getting it every 4 weeks) and the weight continues to come off slowly 1 pound here 4 pounds there and progresses till 2008 when I end up in hospital again (for an emergency hysterectomy) that is where the weight loss stopped and would hold steady for a good couple of years till 2010 when I managed to shift some weight which pleased me but it then held fair steady until near the end of 2011 when I started working 60 hour weeks lifting and hauling about 1000 pounds of equipment (each case is about 50 to 150 pounds and there was 12 cases to move every day - twice a day on a bear min sometimes it was three or four times in a day I'd have to lift and hull the stuff).

Needless to say in the 3 months of the job I was eating McDs and other fast food for my dinners while driving home and while on the job-itself was going though water like crazy (120-oz) plus upwards of 2L of pop and one or two sports drinks depending on how much I was sweating and how thirsty I was for that stuff and for all i was eating I lost just over 20 pounds in those three months, thus I actually got to my mid term goal weight (slightly under it actually).

Since then the weight's creaped back on to the tune of 5 pounds - but its yoyoing, one week I'll be under the weight I was the following back up, so junk is going on.

Food wise I'm back to eating as I was pre last year work - mostly veggies, some meat (chicken mostly), little in the way of starches (most tend to be starchy veggies - not a fan of potatoes or bread) .. my main issue is not getting enough calories but hitting the carb intake easly enough and with new medical restrictions getting protein in has become harder do to the fact I can't afford to buy what I need in that department often enough to consume it daily. So the weight loss has slowed a lot, but for the first time I've fit into a pair of Trip Pants that N got me back in 09 that I've tired on several times a year since then and until yesterday haven't been able to even zip up - now I can though can't zit or I'll break the zipper but its progress).

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6/28/12 2:24 P

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AJHONDRNGAL- You have to do what works with your body and PCOS effects women differently...I mean Jillian Michaels has it and look at her! Also, someone else said that exercise helps a lot too with the insulin resistance. Like I said below, I just want to lose 5 more pounds and then I'm going to seriously ramp up on exercise! But I still have a ton of weight to lose!!!

I edited my post below to include the PCOS diet my doctor gave me when I first started out in case anyone is interested in taking a look at it. : ))))))

Also, losing 1 pound a week...I just can't deal with that...I want to lose it more quickly, but not too quick! : ))))))

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6/28/12 1:03 P

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I hesitate to say what I'm doing because I've been stuck for a long time and what I'm starting to do is exactly opposite of what they say to do for insulin resistance. However, it's the way my body is designed so I've started giving it a go again...finally. I ate this way while I was living in Honduras and came home healthier than I ever was. I want to get back to that so I need to eat that way.

I eat a low fat, plant-based diet with lots of whole grains (including bread and pasta), vegetables and fruit (usually fresh) and beans. Extremely low amounts of meat and dairy. The most controversial part is how my calories are broken up. I eat lots more carbs than people think I should. I actually got started again yesterday and this morning I felt better. Too soon to see it on the scale, but at least I felt better.

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6/28/12 11:42 A

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I understand that! That it should be a lifestyle change and what I have done in that regard is understand that for my health refined carbs are no longer part of my diet. But I am focused on getting this fat off my body. I want it gone. I also had this crazy twisted goal of trying to lose 50 pounds with no major exercise. I really just wanted to prove that it could in fact be done. Well, I've lost 45 pounds so far with little exercise, so I need to lose 5 more pounds then I'm all in on my exercise plan. But the truth is I've been doing a lot of cheating lately with these little events that have been coming up! Bad, bad, bad!!!

For the first 25, I lost it eating low carb with basically no portion control.
For the second 20, I lost it on the 5 bite diet and I added back in refined carbs which I should not have done.
So, I've lost 45 pounds in 10 months with little serious exercise.
So, I'm going to somehow lose 5 more, then really get serious about my exercise program.

Some of you said you count calories. So how many calories are your daily targets? Do you have daily targets for calories burned through exercise, too?

I have a diet that my doctor gave me when I first started out and it was highly effective in the beginning and then I just started eat low carb with high portions. I could try that diet again to see if I can get things going again. I'll edit my post later and post it for you here.

Thanks so much for your replies! : )))))

Here is the diet my doctor gave me to help w/PCOS:

Breakfast- 2 egg whites* (see note below)

Morning Snack- sugar free yogurt

Lunch- grilled chicken salad w/low fat ranch (vegetables, meat --4oz./ palm-sized, & dressing only) OR organic low carb chicken vegetable soup

Afternoon Snack- string cheese OR a handful of nuts OR one low carb fruit ( 1- apricot, c. raspberries, c. blackberries, plum)

Dinner- 4oz. grilled fish, chicken, or turkey w/ a green vegetable

Evening Snack (if needed)- string cheese OR a handful of nuts OR a low carb fruit
( 1- apricot, c. raspberries, c. blackberries, plum)

(*In order to stomach the egg whites, I crumbled 1 slice of crisp bacon over the top. Also, I never ate the morning snack, just because I would forget. I lost 9 pounds the first week and did not feel hungry.)


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6/28/12 11:23 A

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The best diet is none at all! I know that it is a hard thing to do, but we must not look at this as a diet. It's a lifestyle change. It's about forming habits that will continue even after we've lost all of the weight!

Congrats on your loss, so far! Keep up the great work!



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6/28/12 5:54 A

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I guess the only diet I follow now is here on spark, logging exercise and calories but with a mind to keeping to a diet rich in fruit and veg, whole grains whenever possible and low fat dairy. With PCoS (and I am also diabetic) it's not always easy especially with food cravings due to hormone fluctuations but with snacks between meals it helps balance blood sugars and curb excessive eating (most of the time anyway lol). There is no magic formula just eating balanced meals and less calories than your body requires without going too low or depriving your body of fuel especially if you do regular exercise.

Saying that, you've obviously been doing something right since you've lost an amazing amount already, I would just say I know it's a long road but just keep doing what you've been doing to get that success. If like me you find that you are wobbling on occasion or it's slowed down go back to look at exactly what it is you are eating etc to ensure the balance is there. Along with rejuvenating your exercise plan as your body does adjust to the workouts as it gets fitter and healthier, try mixing it up a bit.

I calculate my calories via spark aiming to lose 1lb/week, combined with how many calories I burn each week, that way I have plenty of calories to play with & don't feel like I'm on a low calorie diet at all ;)) Sometimes I lose over the pound and sometimes I'm a little under, but the minute I start to "cheat" myself and conveniently forget that I ate something and didn't log it is the time when my plan fails.

Anyway, waffle over lol, congrats on your loss so far & good luck with continued success!

edtited to add; completely agree with you that diet is so important with PCoS with the types of food eaten but don't underestimate the role of exercise as this helps your insulin work more efficiently as well as building muscle and not sure how but helps your insulin efficiencies long after you've finished exercising and of course burn a few of those dratted calories. It also helps ease the side effects of PCoS from mood swings to regulating blood pressure/cholestrol :)

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6/28/12 12:04 A

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Wow! I'd love to know how you've been so successful this far! I've only tried Weight Watchers, however, I found that to be a very good way for me to lose weight. I did lose about 10 pounds using their points system and I liked it because it made me aware of what I was eating, but I felt the freedom of it as well. However the cost prevented me from continuing.

I love the idea of this topic... it would be helpful to know what others are doing that works with the PCOS and gets result!!

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6/27/12 4:40 P

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I'd love to hear about your diets that are working! About how many pounds lost do you average per week on this diet?

I know exercise is important too but I really believe for us with PCOS diet is 95% of the battle.

I've lost 45 pounds and I am moving into what I call phase 3 of my weight loss journey! I'm looking for ideas that are working to help lose weight with PCOS.

Any thoughts are much appreciated! : ))))))))))

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