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3/21/15 5:17 P

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Anytime I revert to processed foods , especially grains and most legumes, the weight starts to slide backwards. I am of the Paleo school that does raw dairy, and it helps me a lot...

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3/21/15 1:50 P

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I am almost Paleo, but I eat legumes. I love peanut butter and hummus!

For me, nothing worked until I eliminated dairy and refined/processed carbs 4 days ago. I lost 8.5 pounds, my skin is clearing up, but the brain fog, the tiredness, and the moodiness is gone. My eye hasn't twitched for 4 days!

It's hard. I mean really hard not to eat all those delicious foods anymore. But I eat small meals or snacks 5 times a day 8am, 10am, noon, 3pm, and 6pm. That's just when I get hungry. I also drink a lot of water and unsweetened tea, but will indulge in cranberry juice in San Pelligrino water. (SO GOOD)

It's easier when I look at my tracker and I think "I'm not hungry. I feel good. And I'm only at 1250 calories! WOW" But I confess, I still crave peanut butter cups at night. :D

It took me six months to get ready to commit to this. Six months of quitting foods, and then relapsing back into cupcakes and chips. Then I was ready. Just keep going, and you'll get there :)

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3/16/15 11:30 A

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I have lost weight and feel better whenever I cut out the processed sugars and stick to lean meats/vegetables/fruit. Which is what my doctor has suggested as well. It seems to work well with PCOS. Also my doctor suggested a cheat meal or cheat day once a week, she thought I might be able to keep up the lifestyle easier if I knew that I could save my cheats for one day or meal. I thought it was a great idea! Anyways, in the end I listen to my body, I can tell the difference from when I am eating low carb vs allowing a lot of carbs to slip in my diet.

I struggle with it a lot as well. It isn't easy changing any habits but I just tell myself that it also isn't easy feeling crappy because I am eating crappy as well.

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3/15/15 7:28 A

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I was diagnosed in November and since it was right around the holidays, I didn't do anything until the new year. I started weight watchers and I have had a lot of success. I've lost about 25 lbs since the beginning of Jan. I don't do well with restrictions so this happened to be what worked for me.it encourages fruit/veggie intake and carbs can be a lot of points so it's a low carb diet (sorta) by default. I also avoid most processed foods and cook just about everything from scratch.

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3/11/15 1:07 P

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I, too, live a Paleo diet because I have found that it has helped my overall weight loss and reduced my symptoms of PCOS. It is nice not to feel bloated all the time. Several of the women I work out with also have PCOS and are also Paleo. Their results have been very successful eating this way. 1 is now even pregnant after switching to Paleo...

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3/7/15 9:47 P

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Maybe focus on one thing right now and when it becomes habit, tweak something else. For example, focus on drinking water. Water has neither sugar or aritificial sweeteners and is so good for you. I find that the more I drink of it the more I crave it and am satisfied without any kind of soda. It also helps me with acne issues.

That being said, I must admit that I am like you in trying to find the diet that is the "key" to my weightloss.

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3/6/15 9:55 P

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Hello ladies,

Thank you all so much for your advice, I really appreciate it! I am just really struggling and am hoping that I will be able to find something that I can stick with that will help me finally lose the weight. I am taking it day by day, and am just trying to focus on eating healthier and drinking more water, as well as taking vitamins and supplements to help with my PCOS symptoms, Thanks again ladies, and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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3/6/15 12:58 P

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I too, did best and lost the most weight on a gluten free, low carb paleo style diet. But I also know how hard it is to stick to low carb, believe me. That is why I always recommend just concentrating on eating as clean as possible by taking out processed foods and as many chemicals out of the diet as possible.....
In other words, if I were you, the last thing I would do is add chemical nightmares like Crystal Light and other diet drinks :(
Please, please, please re-think that! Aspartame and other chemical sweeteners are sooo dangerous.

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3/6/15 7:57 A

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I understand the frustration of conflicting diet advice for PCOS. I agree with ChrimsonFyre about cutting out the refined carbs and processed foods. Since my husband went gluten-free, I've really cut back on my gluten as well. I'm not 100%, but I'm also not a carb freak like I was before. In weight loss efforts, I try to keep starchy foods like pasta, bread and potatoes to a minimum. Last night I had 1/2 a baked sweet potato with veggies for dinner. A couple months ago, I was eating fries 3-4 times a week, so I know I'm making progress.

I'm not fully committed to any one diet plan, but I enjoy trying recipes that include Paleo, Anti-candida, Gluten-Free, and Low Carb (not extreme low-carb, though). I'm trying to build a framework for good nutrition and choosing to eat foods (or try new ones) that are PCOS-friendly. We're all different. It's finding the balance that works for you, and not stressing over all the diet info out there. Take care!



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3/6/15 6:56 A

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So far for me...eating low glycemic index and/or Paleo have worked best for me. Our bodies do not break down sugar as easily as a normal person. I found cutting out refined carbs, processed foods and unnecessary sugar has made a huge difference in my weight loss hurdle.

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3/6/15 4:00 A

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Hello ladies,

I am hoping some of you might be able to help me. I have been dealing with PCOS for almost ten years now, and am really struggling to lose weight. I have went the low carb route several times, and have lost about twenty pounds in the past, but I feel so deprived on the low carb diets. I just don't know what to do anymore! I am so depressed and I just want to lose the weight and be healthy for myself and my family that needs me. I have been doing research, but am so conflicted on what diet to actually stick with that will help me lose weight. I have started taking several different supplements and vitamins that I am hoping will help alleviate some of my PCOS symptoms, and maybe help with some weight loss, but I know that I can't just count on vitamins and supplements to help with my weight loss. I have started drinking more water and also Crystal Light, and have also switched to diet drinks as well. Right know I am doing more of a low fat diet and have switched to whole grain and whole wheat products, but I still don't know if this will help me lose the amount of weight that I need to lose. Do I need to go back to low carb to really see the results I need? I have a lot of weight I need to lose, and I just don't know what diet I need to do to help me succeed. I would greatly appreciate any help and advice! Thanks ladies and have a fabulous weekend!

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