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Fitness Minutes: (12,162) Posts: 1,076 1/24/12 12:21 P
MEAGANSTUART -- carbs are fine as long as they are the right ones. whole fruits and vegetables are great, and whole grains are good too as long as you portion control. spread out the carbs throughout the day and make sure you have some lean protein with them, and you are set!
most doctors will tell you that you need to drastically cut down carbs, but you've got to eat or your metabolism will think you're starving. if you stay away from processed sugars and other processed foods as well as artificial ingredients, you're good. these are the things that cause insulin resistance and other hormonal imbalances, not the good carbs.
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current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 1/22/12 10:32 A
Edited by: AVIYA20 at: 1/23/2012 (22:44)
Posts: 159 12/19/11 1:44 P
Tired....you just made it click for me. I thought the pills were maybe making me have low blood surgar or something like that, but it may be a side affect.
Take one day at a time.
current weight: 206.0
Posts: 24 12/19/11 11:00 A
Jeepinred, I was also hungry on metformin, and tired. But, maybe it would have improved after a while, if I would have kept taking it.
current weight: 252.0
Posts: 24 12/19/11 10:37 A
I was wondering if anyone had become sensitive to the sun on metformin. I tried it several years ago, and I got a really bad sunburn. I am fair skinned and live in New Mexico, so I am pretty good at managing my level of sun. I had not gotten burned since I was a kid, until I took metformin for a few weeks. It worried me, so I quit taking it, but now I am reconsidering.
current weight: 252.0
Posts: 159 12/15/11 12:23 A
I'm on my second round of going back on metformin. I didn't lose any weight the first time around. In fact, my body didn't really do anything until I went off it. I was on it for about a year.
I started my second round the beginning of this week and I'm super duper HUNGRY. My husband thinks it's the pills. I'm hoping it's the pills because if it's not I'm screwed.
Take one day at a time.
current weight: 206.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,310) Posts: 60 12/12/11 7:09 P
I've been on 1,000mg of metformin for two weeks and I notice huge differences. I have also though cut my calories WAY down to about 1300-1500 a day and am exercising regularly. I do notice I am not nearly as hungry as I used to be. I have lost 15lbs in a little less than two weeks, so I am hoping it keeps going in the right direction. I was due for my period last week and didn't get it, but who knows when it actually due because I get it about twice a year. Everyone's insight is very valuable!
When I was 1st diagnosed with PCOS, my doctor started me on 1000mg of Metforim. I went back 2 weeks later and he asked how was I feeling. I told him great! Made a huge difference. So he bumped it up to 2000mg and I have been on that for a year now. The only thing is, I don't lose weight unless I work at it..so I guess like everyone else LOL. BUT if I stop taking it (which has happened) I gained everything back :( So I stick with it :) Everyone is different. So just talk to your doctor..thats always my best advice. When I stick to the meds and exercise, I lost 7 inches and 5 lbs. My doctor said it would be hard but he knows I can do it and it will take time so all I can do it stick with it and be patient :) Good things come to those who wait!
current weight: 218.0
Posts: 11 9/1/11 4:21 P
I started Met about a month and a half ago and noticed about a 6 pound increase, but have finally start to come down. I read that some people's bodies just need to get adjusted and then the weight loss begins. I'm praying everything will work out as I am excitedly looking forward to feeling comfortable in my skin again.
current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (452) Posts: 104 7/27/11 12:56 P
I just started taking Met this week and I am already starting my period. I just thought it was finally time since I hadn't had one since April. I ahve felt a little strange in the evenings but other than that not bad sie effects. I have also lost a couple of pounds. I took met a about 5 years age when trying to get pregnant and don't remember any side effects so I hope this time goes good.
current weight: 173.0
Posts: 15 4/26/11 12:40 P
I'm a Type 2 Diabetic & have PCOS. I am on Metformin for both, I used to be on 2500 a day. At my last visit with my Diabetes Educator they told me since my levels and sugar was so good they would drop one of the 5 metformin pills I take a day. Why I say all of this is because in conversation she said this may help me with weight loss.
Although Metformin is known to help with weight loss because it controls insulin levels, it can work in the opposite ways as well. If you have stable sugar levels it may trigger your brain to tell you that you need to ingest sugar because it acts as though you need to eat more (or cause signs of low blood sugar) to stabilize levels. After i dropped that one pill, I have noticed a change in weight loss and that I don't have symptoms of low blood sugar when my sugar is at a normal level.
Hope this is helpful and that I expressed it accurately :). If you have concerns about Metformin definitely talk to a Dr. about it!
current weight: 173.2
Posts: 246 4/19/11 10:22 A
When I was diagnosed at about 25 (after having 4 children) I weighed 30lbs LESS than I do now. That was around 2 years ago. I have struggled with my weight ever since and have wondered if going off the Met would help. I'm on 1500 ER at night. Very frustrating!
Fitness Minutes: (605) Posts: 7 3/17/11 1:45 A
Hello to all! Here's my story: two years ago I was seeing a naturalist doctor and he couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I proposed to him the idea that I might have PCOS because I had done some of my own researching. He tested me and said it was unclear, but that I probably didn't have it. Well...I am happy to report that I took my case to an OBGYN and immediately she said, " Yes! You sure do have PCOS!" What a relief! Now that I have a diagnosis, she has put me on Met 500mg 2x a day. I've only been on it a week.
I do have a question for ya'll::: Are we not supposed to eat carbs or sugars because of PCOS? That's what my doctor told me---she said to stick to a low glycemic diet. I'm cool with that, but I was wondering how you all lost your weight.
My whole life I've been extremely active. I exercise about 5-6 times a week and eat healthy foods. I just keep GAINING weight and building muscle like a dude. So....I guess I'm seeking support for this whole Metformin thing since I'm new to the game.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31
I can do all things, through Christ, who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
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Posts: 689 3/6/11 1:25 A
Thanks QueenMina, I think that approach sounds very sensible and your doctor sounds like they're really on the ball.
Good luck with losing weight. It's a hard slog, but it is possible!
Fitness Minutes: (4,125) Posts: 709 3/5/11 5:46 A
My doc suggesting ramping up to the 3000mg at a moderate pace. So I started on 500mg for three days, then 500mg twice a day, then 500mg three times a day, and so on.
I noticed that when I got to take about 1500mg, I was having a really hard time with the side effects. The nausea and bathroom runs were uncontrollable, so she suggested I go back down to 1000mg and stay there for a week before trying to ramp up again.
I was also prescribed some pills for the nausea, which were a major problem for me. I can't remember what they were, but they were a huge relief.
Anyway, then I would average about a week to two weeks in between increasing dosages. By the time I hit 3000mg, I was able to handle and/or manage the side effects. And being religious with that high dose, got my levels down fairly quickly (maybe three to four months) and my period back on track.
In total, the whole process probably took 6 months I think...
My doc didn't want to keep me on 3000mg for to long because she was concerned that it would tax my liver. Every quarter, she would test my liver, insulin and testosterone, apart from the normal ultrasounds and other blood test stuff (glucose, cholesterol and what not).
So now I'm back on the 500mg dose, which is a walk in the park for me. :) And now I only need to go for check-ups and blood tests about twice a year. But doc is still on my case about losing weight, so I'm really trying to do something about that.
Hope this helps!
Edited by: QUEENMINA at: 3/5/2011 (05:53)
current weight: 176.0
Posts: 689 3/5/11 5:31 A
That's very interesting - it sounds like a good strategy. May I ask how long you took to work up to 3000 mg and how long you were on 3000 mg a day for?
Fitness Minutes: (4,125) Posts: 709 3/5/11 5:28 A
Hi ladies! I just wanted to share that when I was initially diagnosed with PCOS two years ago, my doc put me on a 3000mg a day dosage of met (I started with 500mg and worked my way up). My periods were very irregular and when they would come they would last for weeks at a time - the worst was 6 weeks straight which later caused anemia. Within a few months, my period went back to a regular cycle, and doc reduced my dosage to 500mg a day.
I've been dieting/exercising on and off, so I've been gaining and losing the last 20 to 30lbs for the last two years. But I don't fell that met has had any significant effect on my ability to lose or gain weight.
Like some of you, there are also times when I forget to take it, and if I've been bad with my diet, I can really feel the effects. Of late, I've kept my diet pretty healthy, and have been taking my met regularly, and I have to say, that I do feel much better. At this low dose, I also don't get the nasty side effects normally associated with met.
Hope this helps!
Edited by: QUEENMINA at: 3/5/2011 (05:48)
current weight: 176.0
Posts: 33 2/16/11 2:39 P
Hello ladies, I just wanted to post on what my experience has been so far with metformin. I was diagnosed on January 25th of this year and I started the met the next day. I had really bad side effects up until now it is better but the met has made me really drowsy. Anyways I have lost 4 pounds so far with just starting the diet this and will be starting my exercising this week. Before I was diagnosed I could not lose a pound for the life of me lol. I was on a strict diet and exercising 2 hours for 7 days a week, this is how I knew something was wrong. Not only that but my cycles have always been irregular but sometimes I could go for months without a period. Anyways when I seen the endocrinologist I told him I just a period but it wasn't even normal, he started me on 500mg metformin twice a day. Within a week of taking it I had a period, so to me this is a good sign if I got one already. I am wanting to see if I can lose any weight at all with the exercise. I guess if not then the dosage will have to be higher. Good luck to everyone and I am so glad to be able to have other women to talk to who understand :)
current weight: 204.0
Posts: 48 1/31/11 3:35 P
Ok, I've done met for 10 yrs now off and on. The times I was off, just because I was lazy (hard to remember to take 3x/day, and ER version doesn't work for me). I've done my own "research" for my body at least, lol. I have found that:
While off: weight MUCH easier to GAIN, other pcos symptoms flare up, hair loss, etc. Cycles slowly go from 28-30 days next time would be 34, time after that 37, etc. No longer on birth control due to tubal.
While on: I don't gain, but still don't lose it easily as other "normal" people might. Case in point, I've not been as diligent this month in taking my met, cycle is now on day 30 and still waiting, last 3 were at 28 days. Hungrier as well. I've noticed even if I try to go down to 2 doses, still messes with my cycle.
So for the last week, been on my 850/mg 3x day faithfully, so hopefully cycle will now show up. Lost 5lbs, 3 were ones I kept gaining/losing for the last month. 2 lbs were new ones. I had been doing the gain/loss 3 since December!!! So anything is good now, lol
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Posts: 98 1/30/11 8:25 P
I'm taking 1000-1500 mg per day and I have never lost weight while off it.
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Posts: 689 1/30/11 1:04 A
Some endocrinologists prescribe up to 3000 mg a day of metformin for severe PCOS/IR to get results. Some people just need that much to see results. But met only works for people within a certain set of criteria - generally those with a BMI of over 35. Below that and exercise and controlling carbs is more effective and obviously safer.
I have been on 500 mg twice a day for over a year. It never really made/helped me to gain or lose weight or even get my cycles regular. The only way I got my cycles regular was with exercise. This also finally allowed me to get pregnant.
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Posts: 356 1/18/11 4:19 P
One question to you, what test or clinical exam did the endocrinologist did to you to increase your dosage? I'm on 1000mg now, but I don't know if my doctor should be increasing my dosage 'cause I don't lose weight, I have to eat less than 1300cals and power-walk 1 hour to lose 1 pound each week, and eating that makes me hungry and crave the wrong foods too... :S
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Posts: 63 1/11/11 1:51 P
I just saw an endocrinologist today and he's starting me on 850mg twice a day. I've been waiting for a long time for a Dr. to help me with my weight struggles and even though I was diagnosed with PCOS like 10 years ago it's taken this long to do something.
Anyhow, I found all of the postings in this thread very interesting and if anyone has input or suggestions for me as I start metformin I would certainly appreciate your comments. I'll try to remember to post another message in a few weeks after I've been on it for a while.
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Posts: 37 12/7/10 1:56 A
I'm with some of the previous posters-had to take 850 mg twice daily. Otherwise, I gained weight and didn't have cycles at all (still struggling with that, even with metformin and weight loss). I guess my nursing knowledge and knowing exactly what it is doing to my body helps me keep chugging along taking yet another pill...but I don't get lucky in that I just continue to gain if I quit:)
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Posts: 48 11/16/10 10:11 A
I'm on 850mg 3x day. Any less my cycles mess up and I start gaining weight. On this dose, I don't lose but I don't gain and cycles are every 28-30 days like clockwork (what a concept). Every time I've tried cutting back or going off, gain weight and my cycles start getting longer. On 1200-1500 calories day.
Pounds lost: 45.3
Posts: 356 11/8/10 9:24 A
I often wonder if I'm having a too small dosage (850mg) 'cause it is definitely not helping me to lose weight
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Fitness Minutes: (7,786) Posts: 47 11/7/10 8:32 A
I am on 1000 mg twice a day and so far it is working wonders.
current weight: 210.0
Posts: 193 11/2/10 3:43 P
You may want to talk to your doctor about your dosage. I was told by mine that to be therapeutic I should be taking 1,500 mg a day. Perhaps your met wasn't helping because your dose is too small?
current weight: 155.0
Posts: 4,736 10/31/10 4:53 P
it's supposed to make your cells more responsive to the insulin. However there's never one medicine with the same results for everybody. you're the proof. LOL
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current weight: 276.0
Posts: 1,130 10/31/10 3:08 P
I noticed this as well, but thought it must have been something else... as everyone else seems to claim Metformin helped them lose weight. I am glad to know that I was not the only one who experienced this opposite effect. Like you, I don't know if it's related... but the timing makes the theory rather convincing. It's possible that taking metformin changed something within our hormonal systems and actually made our bodies function more effectively, once dropping the medication. No matter the reason, I am glad that my weight is now more manageable.
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current weight: 197.0
Posts: 915 10/31/10 2:47 P
So this may be totally unrelated, but I've been off my metformin the past 3 weeks and I've lost at least 10 lbs. Weight that I was having a hard time getting off and keeping off. I've lost and gained the same 10 lbs. the last few months. I've been on metformin since July 2008, 500mg daily, and I'd always expected some sort of result from it, but since July 2008 I've only gained about 20 lbs instead of losing anything.
I was just wondering if anyone else had gone off metformin and lost weight easier?
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