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6/2/08 4:35 P

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I was put on this diet when I had gestational diabetes. It takes some practice, especially with label reading, but I found it really easy to follow once I got the hang of it. I would recommend pre-planning meals and snacks until the linking and balancing become second nature. I never really felt deprived or hungry. In fact, I (loosely) follow this diet now and I have trouble getting enough calories in. I feel like I'm eating tons of food but I struggle with getting above 1200 calories per day. I've had to add more olive oil, almonds, etc. I think you'll find that you don't feel deprived. I don't know about you but I cannot stick with any meal plan that leaves me feeling hungry.

Good luck!

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Hi, There is an IR diet team here also at SP, but I warn you, it's not very active. You might get help there though, some on there have PCOS. For my own experience, I have had the same thing happen. It is more that a little frustrating. Now that I'm on Met, things are working out much better for me. I HAD been on a low fat diet for 1 year. I had a heart attack in '07 and the low fat was the recommended diet for me. Although I exercised and ate very healthy, I gained 15 pounds in that year. Now I've been diagnoses with PCOS and IR, I'm on Met and both Doctors have said eat low carb/no sugar. After a few days the carb cravings subsided for me. I hope you find this helpful. BTW, I also got the IR diet book. I personally found it to difficult to follow, I'm not the type to get all the portions balanced. I told my Doc on the last visit I still felt the weight was coming off too slowly, given my diet and exercise routine. He said because of the PCOS, i would have to be patient, exercise more and eat less. Best of luck. Chris

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5/30/08 6:06 P

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I'm unsure of your recommended carb range by SP, but SP doesn't take into consideration your medical condition(s). With PCOS, for me, I have to cut down my carbs further and/or up my protein intake. I learned this by reading, "How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds", by Dana Carpender. I have to eat lean protein everytime I eat a carb with some veggies when I can. I make sure that when I do, the protein in grams(g) has to be at least half the amount of (g) as carbs. For instance, if one meal consists of 30 (g) in carbs my protein is at the very least 15 (g), but I try to go higher than half. Since doing that, I've lost 9 lbs in the last month.

It may be that you need to change up your workout routine, your body may have adjusted to your current workout. You can try changing that up a litte, or if you stay doing the same exercise try increasing the intensity and/or length of time. I hope this helps some.


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5/30/08 3:01 P

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I experience the same thing, and the short answer is - I don't know. But I would recommend two books that are teaching me how to best eat for PCOS (and diabetes). The first is by Suri Harrar called The Sugar Solution, and the other is Ultrametabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Hope they help!

~ Cat

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Hi guys, I'm new to the group.

I'm 24 and was just diagnosed with PCOS due to insulin resistance this past September.

I'm taking 1,000 MG of Met a day and eating within my calorie/fat/carb range given to me here on Spark People.

I started on April 8th with Weight Watchers at 241 and am now at 225 - 225 so I've lost between 16 and 14 lbs since then.

I switched to Sparkpeople because I wasn't looking at any of the other nutritional info besides what WW uses to calculate their points and wasn't liking that aspect of it.

For the past 3 weeks I have bounced between 225 and 227 even though I eat within my calories, work out burning at least 600 calories a time, 4 days a week.

I just picked up the Insulin Resistance Diet and was wondering if anyone had any tips with that.

I'm wondering if this is the cause for my yo yo ing and stalling out weight loss wise even though I'm doing everything "right"

Thanks guys!

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