I'd also encourage you to stick with WW - for the support - and try the Core plan. It is NOT in fact a low-carb plan (you can eat whole grains like oatmeal, bulgur, brown rice, quinoa, etc, as well as unlimited fruit and FF dairy). It's actually based on Volumetrics, not low-carb.
It does, however, get you to focus on unprocessed food and "good carbs." You could choose to limit your grain intake and focus on high-protein Core foods. I fount the Flex plan frutstrating, in that it seems to inevitably lead people to alot of 'diety' foods and processed junk. As PCOSers, it's especially important for us to avoid the overly-processed, chemical-laden food. Core allows you to get more of those healthy proteins and good fats without worrying about "wasting" points on them (hah). The key to Core is to learn to stop eating at satisfaction... it takes practice but it's a very important lesson! Listening to our bodies and getting in touch with hunger and satiety cues is a valuable skill.
(my original start weight was 197, I went from there to 150 on Core a couple of years back. Now I'm trying to take off 10 I gained back, as well as finish the job.)
Same thing happened to me at first, I was doing weight watchers (points) and actually still gaining weight. That's when I started doing Atkins, part of my PCOS is insulin resistance - which in really broken down terms means that because of the PCOS my body doesn't process carbs correctly, in a normal body it will take carbs, initially burn them as energy, and any carbs it doesn't use turns into fat - if insulin resistance is one of you symptoms, your body is basically confused by carbs, skips burning them and turns them directly into fat... then you have to work twice as hard to get rid of them, and you're twice as tired because you're body isn't producing any of the natural energy you get from that step where it burns the carbs for energy. Now, the reason why low carb works is because if you are religiously working out, and not taking in as many carbs (think between 20-40g a day), your body isn't busy turning carbs into fat, instead it goes into shock and starts burning your fat for energy (and most people find that after about a week without carbs, their energy shoots up) which in turn causes the weight to come off.
I hope that made sense. If you want to continue doing weight watchers, you can try to pick things with points values that have higher proteins and lower carbs, or you can do the core plan, which is a low carb plan, they just don't like to advertise it that way.
Hope that helps!!
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The best diet for pcos that I found was low carb. I accidentally fell into this diet with my mother in law and lost 120 lbs. I then got pregnant went off low carb and gained back 100 lbs. I have not yet been able to stick with low carb because my hormones go so far out of whack, I have to eat junk or people around me suffer the consequences. But if you have been doing well at weight watchers maybe this would help. I can't even stick to weight watchers for 2 weeks, I am on a diet for 2 weeks then off - it's horrible and like you the doctors and specialist have not helped me at all - all the met did was make me sick and blah. Good luck - once you hit your comfy weight zone you will probably lose more - it's just a matter of hitting it. Just my opinion but for me weight watchers was to liberal with the calories for my weight - I found I actually have to eat 1000 cal or less to lose - I think just because my metabolism is so screwed... And not to mention everyones body is different.. Good luck
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I also find it strange that they would not put you on Metformin. I am currently on metformin and cannot take BC (I've had a blood clot from an unrelated surgery, so no doctor will prescribe it to me because of my high risk for another). I would talk to your doctor about that one, it seems that you should be able to take metformin unless there is a different issue besides the BC
Edited by: BECKS917 at: 9/11/2008 (13:57)
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You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
Interesting that they wouldn't put you on Metformin because you are not on birth control. I do not take any hormonal birth control because I just gain a ton of weight on it. I am on Metformin.
My nutritionist cut my calories even further and is getting ready to shift my exercise.
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Headed down the same exact road with you. I have already seen one and he refered me to another of a better "caliber". Are we just gaining muscle and replacing fat? That I can accept. They will not put me on Metformin bc I am not on BC! I too get frustrated, but we have to be getting healthier if not skinnier, right??
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Oh I am so there with you. I have been religious about working out and then got frustrated when seeing no results - please don't learn this bad habit from me. Staying consistant, and staying positive and focusing on how I feel rather than weight loss has helped. I don't tend to see numbers on the scale go down, but i will notice inches or clothes fitting differently and most importantly for me my energy level. I have worked now with two endocrinologists neither have seemed to be of great help. I am currently trying metformin, which doesn't seem to be harming, but doesn't seem to help either. I am scheduled to see a new one in Oct. he comes highly recommended but we'll see if he has something new to add. I hope this helps.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and did not take action right away. At this stage in my life, my concern is overall health as I am not trying to get pregnant. I cannot take birth control bc I had a minor TIA a few years back. I have been working out religiously (5-6 days a week, 45- 1 hr of cardio and twice a week weights with a personal trainer). I am also doing weight watchers and following my points. I visited with my doctor the other day and she is refering me to a 2nd endocrinologist. I started this about 3.5 months ago and have seen a total weight loss of 4 lbs. Any suggestions on how to kick start the weight loss? Anyone else had this issue?
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