Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Terrylm1

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Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 07:44
I've suspected for many years that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and my concerns have been confirmed.

Does anyone else out there "suffer" from this condition and have any extra tips or advice on weight loss or words of wisdom? For those of you who are unfamiliar, this condition causes Weight Gain and difficulty loosing weight.

Thanks!
mamajava

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Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 11:41
I have PCOS. You're absolutely right...it's very difficult to lose weight with this disorder. However, I can tell you that carbohydrates are the absolute EVIL of PCOS. The effects of PCOS can be stalled, altered, or completely eliminated by eating low-carb. I'm not saying you must do Atkins or anything, but that's what I'm doing and it's helping. So far, so good! I'm losing weight faster doing low-carb than ever before in my life. Also, are you on Metformin? That is the "go-to" drug to treat women with PCOS. This will also help the body's endocrine system begin functioning normally (or closer to normal than before), and helps aid tremendously when trying to lose weight.

Feel free to buddy-up with me and we can help each other through it. I can't believe you haven't received more replies! It is a serious condition that affects the entire endocrine system. It really can prevent women from losing weight, and it makes even the most diligent dieters appear as though we aren't really trying...when in fact, ladies with PCOS can do a diet 10x better than a woman without PCOS, and have only 50% or less of the success. It's frustrating...but HANG IN THERE.
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hbrownOH

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Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 14:06
I've been on Metformin before and hated every minute. It helps you lose by having you run to the bathroom.

I'm in need of PCOS bubbies. Dealing with this gets lonely.
Tjscopemonke...

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Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 17:23
I have a tentative diagnosis of PCOS (my old Dr. sucked every test she ran was inconclusive and she didn't run many just decided that I must have it since I am fat and have menstrual issues.) I take metformin and once my body got used to it the GI symptoms stopped. My husband and I want to start a family so that is part of why I am trying to lose weight, because I have been told it would help my fertility. Feel free to buddy me. Also I work in healthcare as a tech currently and am a nursing student so feel free to be as graphic or blunt as you need to be I won't be offended.
-Tami Jo
Katred12

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Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 18:50
Hi- good luck to you and I like the walking part. I will, but I'm 54 and hot flashes are the worst in this heat. I'm also celiac, so I am doing Atkins sort of, modified for carb cycling, because I don't eat much starch anyway.
Sorry you have PCOS, I hate it when the doc blames everything on your weight,they are either biased (being nice), or they graduated in the bottom 50% of their class.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 01:55
TJ, can you download the free medical app iTriage? It's a good one-a little like having Taber's on your phone. Also, as mamajava writes above, carbs are needful of being watched. Actually, it's SUGAR in the bloodstream raising the insulin levels, which can lead to insulin resistance, hence the metformin. Jorge Cruise mentions this in The Bellyfat Cure, and information can also be gained from Wikipedia. On this website there is a diet tab where the group Weightwatchers is discussed and the discussion has links to all sorts of definitions. We have to rely on our doctors, but the more we learn, the stronger we become. I think the Jorge Cruise book would help you. It is so specific and has all these recipes to control sugar/carbs. I think it might be a real "upper".
Xanaduinla

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 03:08
Nothing with flour! Its a big transition but switch to whole grains, fruits and veggies and legumes for your carbs! Trader Joe's even sells flourless sprouted bread. I have PCOS too Sad Just a bother but hey it's the best motivation to make huge changes. I'm 5'7" and trying to drop 20 pounds. It's all in my belly.You know like an apple on a stick. I've eaten some bad carbs the last two months. I'm back on it now.
pangelacreag...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2012, 19:41
I have PCOS, too. The only way I can lose weight is low carb. On diets like Weight Watchers I actually gain weight even it I stick to my daily points values. Last year I lost 50lbs eating low carb. I hope I can lose another 50 this year.
Brensmom12

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 11:31
I have had PCOS and only until recently did I have a doctor tell me I should do low carb. For those of you who are losing how many carbs do you limit yourself to? I have tried Atkins before and I did lose, but I don't think I can sustain a diet with that (and I just gained it back after going to a more normal diet). Any suggestions?
happihart

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 12:43
This article from LIVESTRONG gives some good inforamtion about how many carbs are needed to lose weight. I started first with eliminating all sugar & sugar foods from my diet. It's amazing how much better you feel by being sugar-free:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/223225-how-many-grams-of-carbs-per-day-to-lose-weight/
Brensmom12

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 14:49
Thanks happihart! Very concise and to the point.
happihart

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 15:48
A few years ago a friend was doing South Beach. She loaned me her book and I tried it for a weekend and lost 6 pounds. But it is just too restrictive for me. I think it's 20 grams of carbs for the first weeks. I'd be climbing the walls!!!!
Joretta

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Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 08:06
I have been diagnosed PCO for 19 years. I have run the gamit of issues. I went through the fertility issues and I was on metformin. I have lost most of my weight twice. Once was during pregnancy and the other was on weight watchers. During my pregnancy I ate 3 ozs of unprocessed organic meat or tofu crumbles and a can of veggies non starch ones only. My weight came back within two to three months of my daughter stopping nursing, even though I maintained the eating habits. On weight watchers I ate within my points never cut out any food just cut portions way down. Meat was 2 ozs, veggies 1/2 cup, starches a bite or two like maybe 2 heaping teaspoons. I was only on the metformin during weight watchers. My problem was I got so cold after eating and when I drank water. When I say cold I mean wearing a heavy sweat shirt outside on the street in New York in August and I was still so cold I shivered. My air also was thinning. I tolerated it for 6 more months but could not stand the cold any more and my doctors could not find a cause. I purposely put some weight back on to rewarm up. I maintained the increase for years. However, now I recently seem to be gaining weight and my diet is out of control some out of fear for the freezing feeling again, I also cannot take metformin I have gastro issues. I really could use a buddy who is PCO too.
Brensmom12

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Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 09:56
I'll buddy with you! I have PCOS myself and have had difficulty, but reading on here has helped. My doctor told me this week to try to be more low carb, but didn't really give me a number I should strive for. I read an article somewhere on here yesterday where depending on how fast you want to lose you limit carbs anywhere from 50 to 150 per day. I'm going to go slow and try only 100 - 120 net carbs per day. Trying WW also and see if it helps. Good luck to you!!
Brensmom12

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Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 09:56
oh yeah it was the article in this thread!
Mlsstack

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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 14:13
Check out the website: www.pcosdiva.com Amy has PCOS and offers lots of suggestions, recipes, motivation and also has a starter "program" available with her as your nutrition coach. Her website rocks...for me the key to managing my PCOS has been reduced carbs (its all about awareness of what you are eating), eliminating processed foods (eating clean and whole foods - which means making meals at home) and eating a high protein breakfast (Amy's pumpkin spice breakfast bars are the best). I track all my food intake here, on FatSecret and it keeps me on track and honest with myself.
shadowx1110

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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 22:04
I have PCOS, I've tried other diets and Atkins is the only thing that works for me. I've been on it for almost 11 months now and I've lost 80 lbs. I have 120 to go, though. I've been limiting myself to 20 or less carbs per day, and I have to say that it's not hard to stick with it. I'm always full and satisfied and I don't miss the carbs. The trick is to find substitutes that you like and find low carb recipes you'd like to try and then try them. Soon you'll be making up your own.
I don't miss bread because I make oopsie bread which is amazingly good for burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. I use spaghetti squash as a noodle substitute. I haven't tried cauliflower rice yet but I will. For sweet treats I have a bowl of Breyers carbsmart ice cream or a piece of fruit once or twice a week. I don't really feel deprived and it's easy to say no to a piece of cake which is sooo my weakness lol
Feel free to buddy me!

1ris

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 13:34
Hi, I was recently diagnosed with this and put on a diet of which I lost 20lbs in about a month and a half. Between getting over 3 months of really bad side effects from this and school finals, moving and looking for a job I went off of it so I really only stayed on it for about a month and a half. However not only did I lose the 20lbs but I felt amazing. The diet I was put on was:

No processed foods
No sodas
100g of grain carbs or less a day
5 meals a day with 3-5 of those containing at least a serving of vegetables
Less than 173g of sugar a day
Plus exercise 3-5 days a week.

It sounds like a whole lot to start with but my doctor saw me twice (being a student money is always an issue) and communicated with me through email to get me started on a gradient and that helped so, so much. Even with me going off the diet the last 2 months I am still down 7lbs and being a yo yo dieter I know I usually gain more weight back.

Anyway I totally agree with Mamajava carbs are EVIL!
JillayneH

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 14:31
I am soooo excited to have found this site. The other aps I've tried to track diet/calories/exercise didn't have this chat option which I think is the missing piece. I have PCOS too and don't know anyone else around me with it. It is so frustrating to diet/exercise more than my friends and not have the body to show for it. I haven't tried low carb yet thought. I like the recommendations above. I think I'm gonna give it a try.
BrookF22

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 18:38
Hey Ladies - yes we are a unique group (PCOS Sisters)!
The weight loss issue are endless and unlike most, I did not respond well to Metsformin.

Low Carb diets do work well for some but not everyone.
HCG was the only diet that worked well for me ever!
Meech



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