I need to lose about 100 lbs so I am staying under 75-80g carbs per day. I started following the primal/paleo diet which eliminates ALL grains/legumes/processed foods. At first, this sounds extreme since the standard American diet suggests we consume 60-65% of our daily calories from whole grains/carbs... which is just insane!
All grains (even whole grains and gluten free) and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, peanuts) are very high in carbohydrates and carbs turn to glucose/sugar in our body, whether they absorb more slowly or not they eventually turn to sugar. The sugar spikes our insulin and causes all sorts of damage to our bodies, starting in the gut. Which in turn causes a huge long list of ailments.
Women with PCOS need to control their insulin levels and this is done most effectively by monitoring carb intake, even limiting fruits. An average person doesn't need to consume more than 150g carbs per day (athletes would need more), in fact the human body doesn't need carbs because our bodies will use fat as energy instead of sugar (as it was meant to).
Just remember that if you are eating less carbs you need to uptake your fat/protein... but healthy proteins and saturated fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, animal fats, fish, nuts, omega 3s).
For example, I aim for 75g carbs or less with around 100g protein and 80-90g saturated fat which come out to around 1400-1600 calories per day. I eat lots of veggies, lean meats, some dairy and nuts/seeds/fruit as snacks and I feel fuller longer and healthier. Getting over the initial carb withdrawal takes a few weeks but I can almost guarantee you will overcome it and your cravings will go away. I know it's hard but it's possible :)
Taking raw fermented apple cider vinegar (I know, sounds gross) everyday has really helped me too (with sugar cravings especially). 1-2 tsp dissolved in 8-16oz warm water daily. The ACV helps restore your alkaline levels and reduces carb/sugar cravings and a whole other list of ailments. Do a quick google search, you'd be amazed at what it does! It's supposed to be as effective as Metformin, which I had to stop taking because of how ill it made me.
I've read lots of articles on women who have cured their PCOS by following a paleo/primal diet. Worth checking out. There are a few groups/teams on here.
Good luck!! We can beat this girls!
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