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My whole family has gone GF. It helps me so much. It gives me a regular cycle and helps me have more energy. It helps my ADHD child focus better. DH grumbles a little but is sticking with it for my sake. Would love to go all the way to Paleo but I think it will take some time to make that adjustment!
Good luck to all of you who are seeking the benefits of a low carb life. I have found it well worth it and I hope each of you do as well!

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1/16/14 11:34 A

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I went full blown Paleo a couple years ago and it was amazing. I lost a lot of weight and felt great. But sugar/carbs always slip back into my life around the holidays, so I feel your pain.

I am currently doing a 21 day sugar detox. You should read the book. It has loads of information about carbs and how they effect people etc. The book is by Diane Sanfilippo. Anyways, when I spoke with my doctor she actually is the one who suggested I stop eating processed food, lean more towards healthy fruits, vegetables and lean meats. It does make a huge difference. I try to think of this as a lifestyle change, not a restriction or diet.

Good luck!!! :)

Check out my blog at findingaskinnierme.blogspot.com/ I write a lot about my experience with PCOS and the obstacles of losing weight!


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I'm on day 3 of Phase 1 South Beach diet. I know that if I can make it through this 1st week the intense cravings will stop. I did this diet last year and was actually starting to feel better when I went on vacation and messed it all up. I never could seem to stick to it after that. Well this year I am determined! I discovered that instead of the 60 lbs I thought I needed to lose I have 85 to go. I want to set a good example for my two girls because I fear they will get the same diagnosis when they hit puberty. So my goal is not only for myself but for them. I never want them to go through the heartache of being told they may never have a child. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 22 and had been TTC my second child for almost 2 years and suffered a miscarriage. I finally had enough and had them run every test they could think of. This is my year and low carb is the my way to go!

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I have been doing Low Carb since January 4th and I am loving it! I have been diagnosed with PCOS since I was around 12 (so about 18 years) and it is amazing the changes this lifestyle is making in my life! I'm not as tired all the time. I'm hardly ever "ravenously" hungry anymore, and when I crave something I am a carnivore! lol I've lost 15 pounds so far and I am totally surprised and happy with this! :)

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I was diagnosed with PCOS last year and I usually have only 1-2 periods a year. So I knew I needed to do something. I have been on Atkins for a month today. I have lost a total of 13 lbs, it would have been more but I did have a cheat meal, and that threw my weight loss off. I also have started to walk for 2 miles every morning before work. I'm doing all of this with my fiance, so it's making it a bit easier than if I was alone. However, I'm now in the second phase of Atkins and on the first rung of the "carb ladder" so I can have nuts and seeds added to my diet tomorrow YAY lol. I have upped my carbs to 25 since we started exercising. At first I had a VERY hard time going to only 20 carbs for the first 2 weeks. I got head aches from the sugar withdraw, I was craving EVERYTHING! But now, I don't have any bodily pain, no head aches, no random back pain, no indigestion like I did before. I just feel wonderful. I have cravings every now an then don't get me wrong, usually on the weekends, but you just have to make a conscious decision to not eat the bad foods. I also have a sweet tooth, and heck, a salty tooth too. But I love looking for new recipes to make my favorites, like last night we made taco "shell" from cheese that I melted in the oven then formed into a shell, and it's even better to me than a regular taco shell. I have found spicy pork rinds that I just adore and that takes away my craving for hot cheetos lol. My fiance and I do take about 20 minutes a week and plan out all of our meals for the week. Breakfast, we usually do mock pastries (omg these are amazing!) for lunch we usually make enough dinner to have leftovers with veggies. I love pepperoni, cheese all the stuff that you can have on Atkins and I love how the weight is coming off. Even if I don't lose weight for a few days I can definitely see my body, as well as my fiance's body changing. I also think of it this way. We are getting married next month on March 12, and we do eventually want children, so I want to make my body as healthy as possible to be able to have healthy children. And if that means I have to give up regular sweets, then so be it. Our future children are worth it. While my periods haven't regulated yet, I can honestly tell you that I feel it, not just in my body but my head and my hear that this is the right lifestyle for us, and I'm sure that my cycles will regulate when I have lost enough weight.

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That's great news! Thanks for sharing your success with us.

I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!

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10/15/10 10:41 A

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Well, I'm happy to report that I'm actually doing the low carb lifestyle - I'm so thankful that there are so many resources online about meal ideas and recipes and how to curb my 3pm snack need. I haven't been measuring closely, but I think I am averaging about 40-50g per day. I'm restricting myself to just once a week on the scale and the last one read 5 pounds down!! I'm on my way - hope the rest of you are doing well emoticon

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Hello ladies! I have been diagnosed with PCOS since 2002, when we tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant with our second child. I have decided to try low carb after trying a billion different diets. I have "The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS" book and it states that you should set your carbs at 35% of your total calorie intake. For example: my daily calorie allowance is 1,600 so I would need 140 grams a day. But I am starting at 40%, which is 160 grams a day and I am going to work myself downward. Also the book said to not go below 1,600 calories a day no matter what. I hope this helps :o)

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10/7/10 12:20 P

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I agree,it's going to be hard. I also want to thank everyone for sharing. All your info has been amazing! I should print them all out, and look at them everyday! The low sugar/low carb is going to take baby steps to get used to, and change them into a lifestyle. I did eat a ton of veggies the last few days, and lost a lb. I also felt horrible when I ate too much sweets. Now, I just have to remember that when a craving hits.

Off to workout-yep making myself do it when all I really want to do is go back to bed.

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This is great inspiration everyone, thanks for sharing. I'm on my way to figuring out how to live a low carb lifestyle... gosh, it's gonna be hard.

Thank you Lord for the many blessings in my life!


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Good on you Tami!

The research on PCOS certainly supports your experience with low carb.

Low carb and exercise are actually more effective than metformin at controlling PCOS! Just slightly more difficult than swallowing a pill each day.

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Here is what I know about PCOS and low carb. I have lost 40 pounds on low carb since April. The month I started low carb I got pregnant, after six years of trying. I was doing fertility treatments, but I was a lot more responsive to them after doing low carb.
I miscarried, but since then I have lost pretty much consistently. I feel so good. I do slip up, and have kind of been on a plateau for awhile. But I average around 60g carbs a day. I pretty much eat no processed/refined carbs. I eat mostly lean meats, nuts, veggies, and light cheese. I follow Phase 1 of South Beach mostly, but I have tweaked it a bit to make it easier to stay on for me. My main goal is to avoid sugar like its evil. Seriously, I look at every nutrition label and concentrate on sugar. Sometimes its unavoidable, but most the time you can eliminate it just by doing a little bit of looking.
I really am a huge believer that low carb diets are the best thing you can do for PCOS. I have not felt so good, and especially with losing weight I have not felt so successful then when I have been on it. Its hard at first, but the longer you do it, the more it just becomes second nature.

Tami
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The *type* of fat is important ... it's extraspecially important that women with PCOS eat lots of Omega 3 fatty acids and limit Omega 6s as we are predisposed to problems with triglycerides and cholesterol. And of course, ultimately if you are eating too much of anything you will always put on weight/not be able to lose it. But generally, common sense and not too deep a sense of paranoia about things is a good approach :)

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It took me 10 years to finally bite the bullet and realize I have to live low carb lifestyle to help my PCOS. It's the only thing that works for me, and yes it's restrictive, but it's either do this or deal with the PCOS symptoms getting worse and worse. You have to choose. And I know it's hard. We're addicted to carbs! Like I said, it took me 10 years to finally realize. But it's worth it! You'll feel so much better and the sugar cravings WILL go away!

I agree with belrosa in that I don't watch fats. I drink my coffee every morning with 1/4 cup whole cream. I don't even count calories. I just watch the refined carbs.

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I wouldn't worry too much about very low GI carbs like cauliflower, broccoli etc. The main things to stay WAY clear of are sugar - ZERO or as close to it as possible, including honey, HFCS, Fructose & Agave Nectar. Also the vast majority of artificial sweeteners are very bad news in my opinion. I use stevia and/or cinnamon when I want something a little sweeter. You'll have to forgive my grammar - that sentence got way too long and I can't think of a logical way to fix it - the other thing to steer clear or is refined carbs - bread, grains in most forms according to the current research, rice, pasta etc. Also treat fruit with a very healthy respect. On the one hand they lots of lovely antioxidants and enzymes, vitamins, minerals and fiber but on the other hand, they tend to have plenty of fructose, which appears worse for PCOS than glucose. Berries are a very safe choice, very low in sugar, lots of fibre and chock full of all the good stuff.

My usual diet at the moment is a smoothie for breakfast (protein powder, cinnamon and stevia for their blood sugar regulating activity, green tea powder for it's insulin sensitising activity, LSA and Soy lecithin for healthy fats and D Chiro Inositol, psyllium husks to thicken it up a bit and because fibre slows down the digestion of carbohydrates helping to keep your blood sugar stable, carob for d-pinitol and flavour and raw cacao powder ... I could say for the antioxidants, but honestly, largely cos it tastes excellent. I sometimes chuck half a banana in for taste, and I always add a raw egg (I have a very reliable, organic, free range source from a farmers market - I would probably not recommend eating raw supermarket eggs due to the risk of salmonella). I top it up with water to blend and that keeps me full until at least lunchtime. After having breakfast at 7am this morning, it was 2.30 pm before I realised I should have lunch - I wasn't really even hungry. Lunch is a huge salad I buy from a cafe across from work - they do fabulous salads - lots of different salad items or vegetables and often some protein as well. Dinner is usually a couple of chicken thighs or a piece of fish, or a piece of fillet steak if I feel like it with steamed veges. Simple, easy & nutritious. I haven't tracked it for a while, but this generally comes in around the 60g mark, depending upon which veges I choose and how much I have. Oh - I also make myself a cappucino at work using 'The Machine' - for which I probably use half a cup of full cream milk. I don't really go for the reduced fat things ... refined carbs are more what I fear! :) The important thing with cutting carbs that low, is to make sure that the fats you use are the healthy ones. You can drizzle evening primrose oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, olive oil, etc on salads or veges or whatever. By the way, did you know you absorb more vitamins from veges if you have some butter or oil with them? I usually use Coconut Oil to cook with as it is more stable, chemically, and has a higher smoke point.

I fear this is becoming a marathon post, so I'll wind up ... if you have any questions, feel free to email me. I'm a lot more responsive if you email me through my website - it's just a hassle to sign in to spark people so it often falls off the end of my to do list...

All the best..



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Low carb means higher fat, in general. SO I don't eat yogurt, or any fruit except berries. I eat salad, but carrots only infrequently. I don't eat any grain, or root vegetables except to flavor the salad like carrot shredded.

I get my calories by eating higher fat meats, cream in my coffee, oil on my salad, etc.

My carbs are usually below 50, but I'm enjoying much more energy so I'm very happy with that. Any time I add more carbs than that, I end up gaining weight.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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Wow, 60-75grams per day....does that include all carbs even the ones in fruits and vegetables? Spark people has set my range for carbs to be 184-266 which is far too high and I never meet my goal. Today I have logged in all of my food and my carb count is 156 but the only thing bread related in my foods today is the triscuits that I am having with my tuna for lunch. All the rest of my carbs comes from the fruit and yogurt in my smoothie and the vegetables in my chili. How can I get my carbs as low as 75? Any suggestions. My food tracker is set to public is you would like to take a look. Thanks!

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the best range of carbs for a person with PCOS or insulin resistance is the range where you feel good and have no cravings. the best range for the overweight person who has PCOS is the range where you are loosing. It varies for each person.

that's why Atkins starts at 20 carbs a day. it's hard to do, but it stops the cravings pretty quickly, usually within 3 days? anyway, after you've begun to lose weight and the cravings are quiet, you add back some lower glycemic carbs a LITTLE at a time. it's best to read the book so that you have all the science behind it as well as the methods Then you can make the best choices for you.

Kitty

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The 'right' amount of carbs will vary enormously between different people, even those with the 'same' condition.

As a nutritionist, the effective range I've seen in my patients is anywhere between 30 grams and 150 grams. The majority of those with insulin resistance seem to do well on around 60-75g per day, but the focus needs to be on maintaining adequate quantity and quality of protein and healthy fats. Western diets are very carbohydrate-centric and you cannot just remove carbohydrates from the diet and think "all will be well".

There are many many factors at play with insulin resistance/PCOS and the answer that is right for you will depend upon a number of factors - your level of insulin resistance, your genetic background, the amount of exercise you do, the amount of sleep you get and the type of carbohydrates you eat, as well as the other things you eat.

Sorry there's no simple figure I can give you, but I hope this information is of some help to you.

All the best.

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I have a question, does anyone know what a good range of carbs is for the day with someone with PCOS?

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KittyF54 - you are a sweetheart for the wealth of information you share.

I've had PCOS since puberty, probably, but was diagnosed when I was 23 and I'm now 50. Until about 3 years ago I didn't know PCOS was anything other than a fertility problem and am now learning to deal with the other issues. My cholesterol is climbing (though my "good" cholesterol is through the roof--?), as is my blood pressure.

I lost 70 lbs about 6 years ago doing Body for Life and Weight Watchers--I know how to lose weight but I don't know how to maintain a healthy weight.

So I just joined SparkPeople and am back to the weight loss/exercise lifestyle, this time enjoying the support of SparkPeople. I'm so glad I found this group, as the SP diets seem to be too carb-heavy for PCOS.

Anyway, thank you for your fount of wisdom and support, and good luck on your journey.

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Don't feel too frustrated.

Losing or gaining 0.4 lb in a day is "not significant" in terms of your overall trend - it could be due to any one of a number of things, which is why many clinicians recommend that you only weigh yourself once a week - so the trend is more meaningful, with fewer fluctuations.

The more important thing to focus on, is that you did activities which were good for you - running and eating low carb. This is far more important than short term fluctuations in your weight. Things will sort themselves out.

All the best.

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I fell off the wagon and gained over 10 pounds back in one week. :( I felt sooo restricted so I am trying again only I will add fruit,more veggies and whole grains.

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Well, I really don't think you can expect instant results, but here are some ideas that might have contributed to this anomaly;

Did you drink enough water? dehydration can cause your body to retain water.. so can unbalanced elecrolytes. be sure to have a a salad each day, that can help with the elecrolytes.

Did you have enough fat? were you hungry after eating within the previous 2 hours. If you don't eat enough fat, your body can't pull the fat from your system efficiently and you can actually slow the metabolism, although that doesn't really happen in one day. but if you try to eat low fat and low carb all at once for longer than a couple days you'll change your metabolism and not in a good way. make sure to eat enough fat.

did you eat a lot of processed foods? I love processed meats, but I have to limit them because of the sodium. my ankles swell and I don't show weight loss. try only eating a couple oz of processed meats in one day. and remember that cheeses have lots of sodium as well.. particularly the american type.

Did you eat protein bars or any other processed "low carb" preperations? some of those have been known to stall weightloss for low carbers.

Ok, that's all I have for now. HTH, Kitty



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This is my third day on the Atkins Induction phase. I jogged TWO MILES yesterday and came in UNDER 20 carbs. I passed up yummy chicken noodle soup, and french fries, in exchange for a salad with grilled chicken on it. And I GAINED 0.4 pounds overnight. I AM READY TO PULL MY HAIR OUT!

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WEEZET,
insulin resistance isn't about blood sugar levels. that comes later. it starts out with cells that resist letting the insulin transport glucose into the cells. SO your body starts out putting out more insulin to help you deal with the glucose which works for a while, but you've got extra insulin floating around in your blood stream. and that extra insulin, besides making your HUNGRY for carbs, messes with all your other systems particularly your hormones... ALL your hormones. it can raise your estrogen which messes with your periods, it can raise your testosterone.. hair can grow on your chin and your moustache area might coarsen. it can also activate the latent balding gene that usually only affects the males in your family. you voice could deepen.

Excess insulin is a bear that has many far reaching effects only one of which is higher blood glucose readings and these other effects are more likely to begin bothering your before the blood sugars show up.

FWIW, kitty

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Insulin resistance is another word for Pre - "Pre-diabetes". For example, my last blood sugar was 92, below the level of "pre-diabetic", but high enough that my doctor felt I was insulin resistant and recommended I go low carb.

Actually, she "prescribed" the full plate diet (www.thefullplatediet.org) as a eating plan.

Interestingly, she also recommend I cut down on dairy. Don't remember why....

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Does anyone know anything about the fact that they say that not all people with PCOS are insulin resistant? How do you know if you are (my blood sugars and A1Cs come back fine) and if not, would low carb still help?

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Awesome!! You will find your sweet cravings will start to diminish the longer you do low carb. I've even noticed when I eat something that is sweet it tastes TOO sweet, and I had a mega sweet tooth before.

There are some good sugar free chocolates on the market that I eat in emergencies. You can adapt. No need to suffer.

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Awesome! I have to do the same thing(stay away from sweets). We can do it!

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Thanks for all the great posts. I went to the Dr today and since I have been doing the low carb thing I have lost 12 pounds in 10 days so i am going to stick with it as best i can. i did add one slice of whole grain bread yesterday and will stick with just that for the rest of the week then add in whole grain rice. I am a sugar addict and it has been really hard not to eat sweets but I have to stick with it for my health.

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Wow, so much information, but extremely helpful! Thank you all for your posts. I'm now more motivated to skip/cut out sweets, and try to go low carb. Most of my carbs are from whole grains, but I like sweets, and have a hard time resisting them. Now I know I can do it! Thank you!!

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And last but not least, the aspect of Insulin resistance that I always forget since I'm still working on it myself. Exercise.
Exercise lowers your insulin resistance by increasing your cell's uptake of insulin. Sitting on your rump eating twinkies, (or oatmeal cream pies and brownies, my particular favorites.) hurts you twice, when the sugar goes in, and when you aren't moving to allow the insulin to work that stuff out of your bloodstream.

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There's another aspect to low carb that I think it would be important to mention.

Low carb isn't necessarily extreme. For those who think they can't do low carb, please take a look at the South Beach diet. It does start out pretty low in carbs but advocates adding in carbs a little at a time til you find where you can eat and still maintain your ideal weight. Actually atkins is the same but it starts lower.

the important thing to remember about PCOS is that a lot of the group of symptoms/problems that comprise it are driven by higher blood levels of insulin. Getting that insulin down is very important to your health.
At 30 or 36 you might not feel bad, and don't see that you are in any trouble, after all 56 can seem like a long time, like you have plenty of time to do something about it but every day that your insulin levels are high it's causing more damage in your blood vessels and cells. AND every day that you don't have yourself in control adds to the difficulty of gaining control later.

COntrol isn't a switch that you'll just push later. it's a plant that you need to nurture in order to have it to aid you later. Every time you have a quarter of a sweetroll instead of the whole thing, you're growing that plant. Every time you have a candy bar and a soda instead of lunch, you're stomping on your garden. you're stomping on the health plant, and the self plant and the control plant.

the reason I say you're stomping on yourself is that you know you don't feel well when you don't eat right. you'll feel sleepy, or sluggish, or even slightly nauseated. And if you're like me, that nausea is similar to the feeling of hunger, or it reminds you that you didn't eat properly, but whatever reason, it triggers you to eat. maybe you'll then go eat a proper lunch or supper, and maybe you'll eat more sweets, but you're not eating properly.

When I got out on my own I ate sweets constantly. I loved them and I didn't have my mean mom saying I had to eat a meal before I could have my sweets. I didn't realize that she told me that so I'd have less desire for the sweets that were driving the hunger and raising my insulin levels so I'd be more hungry for more sweets. probably she had no idea why she said it either, only that it was "the way you should eat"

But now I know. to late.

so here's what I'll tell you if you "LOVE YOUR SWEETS TO MUCH TO GO LOW CARB" eat a proper meal. make sure it has plenty of protein, some fat at LEAST a teaspoon full at each meal. AND a serving of veg with each meal and two at lunch and supper. you have to plan meals to get this much, you can't just wing it. carry snacks that feed you this way as well. then reward yourself with a small serving of sweets WITH the meal not between meals to satisfy that desire to eat sweets in the safest way possible but do it in small quantities.

and for snacks eat a small meal, not a sweet. now for quantity, I want you to take your normal amount and cut it in quarters. AFTER you eat a whole meal, with at least a serving of veggies and plenty of protein, eat that quarter serving of sweets. and drink a cup of coffee (which has a sweet undertone) if you like cause it seems to make the sweet seem sweeter and more satisfying then if you have to pour salad dressing over the rest to prevent you from reaching for the rest and see if that won't satisfy you just enough.

for snacks I suggest a complete small meal like peanut butter and celery with raisins for your sweet (ants on a log). or an apple with peanut butter or cheese.

What you have to do instead of defending your sweets with your life, which is what you'll be doing if you don't do something about your addiction right now, is to find acceptable ways to move toward health. Think about it. Sweets were not a daily thing in Ancient times, they were festival foods. we think it's ok to have a festival every day but then we actually trivialize the festival because there is nothing special about it anymore.

make your day a celebration of health instead of a celebration of self indulgence.

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Beeba, I love sweets too. However, PCOS isn't just a debate between how much discomfort can I put up with so I can eat more sweets.

the thing you have to realize is that if you don't give up the carbs now, you'll be doing it in ten years or so when you get diabetes, or when you realize you've got cancer and probably could have prevented it if you'd given up the sweets ten years ago. I knew I had PCOS 20 years ago when it was first being talked about in magazines, etc. I asked the doctor if I had it, he said oh sure. like it was no big deal. I had VERY heavy and VERY long periods. Someone told me that they'd seen on the news or something that Cayenne pepper capsules could help with that, so I started taking them. I took them for a year before I got back to mostly normal.

Fast forward to 2006.
I was spotting as usual but it didn't go to a full period, and it didn't end, it went on, and got a bit heavier, and it went on longer and got a bit heavier and by 2007 it had become very heavy and still wasn't ending, by the summer it had become so heavy that I couldn't leave the house and I was spending a lot of time sleeping or dozing in the recliner and when I finally went to the doctor he said I had cancer. after the surgery they told me I had diabetes.

Now I eat low carb because I HAVE to, and when I want sweets I eat berries or have a sugar free popsicle, or drink a sugar free rootbeer with cream in it (my weakness, it tastes like a rootbeer float.)
I won't say you'll definitely get cancer or that you'll definitely get diabetes but if you think you'll escape the consequences of eating indiscriminately now when you already know you have a health problem that leads to worse things (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease) then you're fooling yourself. at some point you'll have the blinders torn from your eyes and you'll face the harsh light of day.

FWIW, Kitty

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I love sweets way to much to go "low carb", but I do focus on getting a proper amount of protein and I find my carbs are lower as a result of that. I'm sure that low carb does work to help anyone lose weight (especially if the carbs you're cutting out are white flour and sugar) but I could never live with it.

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Forgot to answer the OPs question.
Yes Low carb is the way to go for PCOS. if you research PCOS online you will find that is is the only non medical way to treat PCOS.

Medically the only real help has been obtained from Metformin. My girlfriend down the street lost 70 pounds that way and her endocrinologist still has her on it He says why mess with a good thing. I guess you never really get over the resistance to insulin.

Low carb works by reducing your need for insulin and your production of it.

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Wolfwalker, it is perfectly safe to go NO carb if you so desire or if you feel better. Eskimos have done it for centuries, and there's a girl on one Atkins list who's been doing it for over three years and loves it.

the body can make glucose from protein, so don't worry about harming yourself. do the research, Atkins isn't about no carb but you can do no carb if you feel better that way.

I recently read a really revealing article online, which was written in the 30's about How the Eskimos fared when switching to the "modern" 1930's diet of bread and other higher carb foods at every meal. Rampant disease and Epidemic Dental caries were only two of the problems. tuberculosis that was only cured by going back to the tribe and living low carb.

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I stated eating lower carb after visiting a naturopath last October. The carbs I do eat consist of whole grain products, no white, refined or processed carbs. I stuck to it religiously for the first few months and lost weight FAST and never felt better! It was like a fog had been lifted from in front of me that I didn't even realize was there. My periods are totally regulated now. I went from 58-74 days between cycles to now 25-30 days between. I have backed off a bit on how strict I am and the weight loss has slowed to a proper rate. I do allow myself to have the occasional treat of refined or processed foods especially if I eat out, but I do pay for it with no weight loss that week, feeling a bit sluggish and craving carbs like mad for the next few days. So to answer your question, yes I do think that low(er) proper carb lifestyle is the way to help PCOS weight loss.

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My doctor told me to go mediterranean. Mostly fresh fruits and veggies, some chicken and or pork (about twice a week) beef only about 1 or 2 times a month and lots of fish and seafood. Nuts and seeds are great - even though they may have a higher amount of fat than you think you should eat, they are the right kinds of fats and are actually good for your body.

Look at making switches like sweet potatoes instead of regular baking potatoes and that sort of thing.

The guidelines I was given for me were to have roughly 40 grams of carbs per meal and no more than 15 grams of fat per meal. Staying within those guidelines can be tricky at first it can be done. YOu do have watch the sodium content of stuff though, particularly in frozen or canned or boxed types of foods.

Hope that helps.


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I eat low carb. I love it. I take in about 60-100 grams of carbs daily, depending on what I eat. I had a lot of stomach problems before I started, and now they're gone. I feel so much better!

My periods have yet to regulate, but I've only been eating low carb since early July. My last cycle lasted 71 days. The one before that was 141. So it was nearly cut in half. I'm hoping the length of my cycles continues to go down, but right now it's just a waiting game. I'd love to actually ovulate.

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I try to eat low carb and notice that I feel better in every way. I eat whole grains as well and also fiber-filled foods and berries.

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depends on what you classify as low carb - the brain needs carbs to process and function thus going to low can actually hurt you not help you.

I follow the Canadian Diabetic Association guidelines when it comes to my in take between 130 n 180 grams of carbs a day - averaging 150 ... I find that I end up with issues when I go below 100 grams in a day for to many days, so for me 130 grams in a day for days on end is low carbing it.

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Everything I've read about PCOS says a lower carb diet is the best thing for controling symptoms and losing weight. I finally made up my mind to bite the bullet at the beginning of the year. I live the low carb lifestyle now. It's not a diet to me. It's a healthy way of living.

If you find it too restrictive, modify it to fit your lifestyle. You don't have to go as restrictive as Atkins. I find the lower my carbs, the more I lose, but I've decided I can't live that way. So I eat more carbs and the weight is coming off more slowly.



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Who has heard of this and or tried it? I am doing low carb right now and my period came back after 6 months of not having it but I find it so restrictive and worry that I will fail soon... thanks!

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