pcos-polycystic ovarian syndrome....

Ks617048 member since May '10

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Does anybody have this other than me? and Im looking forward to responses for tips on how to lose weight esp. in the mid-section anything from eating habits/dieting to a work out regime

posted : 9/28/2010 at 2:15 PM

aparna_shankran member since Sep'10

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I have it and was able to lose 40 lbs. However, I did gain all that back when I had a baby 5 months ago. DO you have any other side effects apart from weight gain. I also had a thyroid problem. Acupuncture fixed that for me and that helped lose weight too. I was on a high protein diet around 1100 calories a day and worked for 1 - 1.5 hours 6 days a week.

Also eat small meals 6 times day. Of course the two snacks and breakfast can be adjusted depending on when you exercise.
Breakfast - 250 calories (high protein)
Snack - 100 calories
Lunch - 300 calories (definitely some veggies)
Snack - 200 calories
Dinner - 300 calories(definitely some veggies)
Snack - 50 calories ( fruit - watermelon or strawberries)

Also need to drink lots of water. 8 glasses might not be enough.

If possible get a good trainer. That always helps.

posted : 10/6/2010 at 8:04 AM

Jasmine99 member since Oct'10

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You are not alone! A lot of people have it and it definalely makes it harder to lose the weight. My doctor recommended staying away from any extra carbs or sugar. Keeping your blood sugar as level as possible is important.

posted : 10/9/2010 at 4:30 PM

Steffanie85 member since Oct'10

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Yes you're not alone! I was diagnosed with it 5 years ago. The weight management is discouraging at times (since we tend to gain and retain easily) but it IS possible to lose the weight and keep it off. I stay away from sugary and starchy foods and limit my sodium intake. You need carbs for a proper balanced diet but eat good carbs like rice, real potatoes and whole grain pasta. Portions and balance is key. 2-3oz of lean protein at every meal (5-6 small meals a day) is ideal for me.

Eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours works wonders because it keeps your metabolism going. When you only eat once or twice a day (and usually over eat) your body thinks it is starving so it starts storing everything but when you eat more often it thinks more food is coming so it starts burning it off more quickly. The fist week I changed my eating routine I lost 5 lbs! It will even out to about 2-3 lbs a week with some exercise.

What really helped me understand how to eat properly is the 6 Week Body Make Over program which is AMAZING. It's not just a "meal plan" it's an education. It is customized to each individual person so it helps you according to your body type, plus it goes more in depth with any medical issues you have. It was probably the best money I ever spent, besides my gym membership to AF of courseHappy

Good luck and stay positive, I know it's hard but we can do it!

posted : 10/9/2010 at 8:04 PM

aaraley member since Oct'10

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I have had PCOS for 15 yrs that I am aware of. In the past two years I have lost 30 lbs. I joined a gym, hired a trainer, and was able to run in a Mini Marathon and finish it! I had to recover from an injury sustained when running, so I gain back about 10 lbs. I got back into the gym, this time without a trainer because I had learned all that I needed the first time around. I have lost about 5 of the 10 lbs. Earlier this year, I developed a severe back pain issue. For about 8months now I have had no relief until recent. Through chiropractic care, acupressure, therapeutic exercises, and lots of Faith In God... I am seeing my back issues starting to resolve. I am back in the gym now. My diet consists of extra lean meats, whole grains, fruits and veggies, and low-no fat. I drink no pop, eat no processed foods, no white/flour foods, and no sugar. I cook with extra virgin olive oil, and have learned to measure my foods which is so easy now that I can look at an item and know how many serviings it is. I take a multi-vitamin I buy through Melaleuca Wellness Company. These vitamins are process completely different than your walmart brands of vitamins because these are all natural and are broken down chemically more naturally. They are awesome! Let me know if you are interested in these. I can get you set up for major discounts! Anyway, my process with weight loss and dealing with PCOS has been a daily process, but one that has me on the road to better health. It takes patience, time, and Faith in God to find healing. I wish you and everyone the very best!Happy

posted : 10/12/2010 at 6:11 PM

Corinne 1334 member since Oct'10

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Hello Everyone! I am a new member who also has PCOS. I was diagnosed a few years ago, but haven't figured out how to tackle the weight issues that come with it yet (although I have become more than familiar with trial and error). I have found a personal trainer as suggested above, but find that I struggle a lot with carb-cravings (something i'm told is due to the blood sugar issues that come with the PCOS). Does anyone else have this issue, and if so-how have you dealt with it?

posted : 10/13/2010 at 12:52 AM

Steffanie85 member since Oct'10

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I always crave carbs too!! I'm not sure how to "treat" that though.

They put me on Metformin after I was first diagnosed but it made me so sick I had to stop taking it. Once I got to two pills a day everything I ate went through me like water. I lost 12 lbs in one week simply because I couldn't hold any food in. It was awful.

I'm going to talk to my doctor about another alternative for the blood sugar issues. I'm on birth control which helps but I still have the carb cravings and my blood sugar will drop if I don't eat every few hours, especially since I crave carbs and tend to eat them a lot... well I'm much better now than I was now I know I need to watch that carefully.

posted : 10/13/2010 at 7:43 PM

bleefaber member since Nov'10

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Chiropractic care is so important and is so underated. I wish the alopathic community of doctors would be more open to this and advise their patients to seek alignment.Lovestruck

posted : 11/15/2010 at 5:14 PM

Samantha Del Vecchio member since Nov'10

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Hi, I was just told this summer that i have PCOS. I am trying to lose the lower tummy fat that just doesn't seem to want to go away. I don't have Insulin resistance, which might be due to the fact that i am not that over weight. They said that because i have high levels of DHEA-S and a 2:1 on my LH and FSH, that i am classified as non-typical PCOS. I also suffer from adult cyst acne, facial hair and slow head hair growth. I work out 5 times a week with, MWF weight machines and 30 minutes on the treadmill and Tuesday & Thursday 45 minutes on the treadmill. I went to a nutritionist, she placed me on a low carb high protein diet which has me eating way more than i normally do. Normally i eat about 900-1200 calories and now i am at 1600 calories. Any suggestions on how to lose the tummy?

posted : 11/26/2010 at 1:08 PM

ear_mdh member since Jan'11

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This is way more common than most of us realize. Low carb is all my doc has ever said.

posted : 1/10/2011 at 8:01 PM

GLinde member since Jan'11

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I can't imagine having only 300 calories in one meal. I guess there is a lot I have to learn about. Sad

posted : 1/12/2011 at 11:30 AM

b k member since Jan'11

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Does anyone else take Metformin?
I started taking Metformin in the fall and I like it a lot. It has taken about two months for it to start working. I have lost about 15lbs. in 4 months and I have seen a good difference in my lower tummy fat. Eating every 2-3 hours works really well too.
Diet and working out without Metformin was a waste of time. I used to eat 1200 cal (Seattle Sutton) and workout two hours a day; MTWTF!

posted : 1/16/2011 at 2:09 PM

mikki3398 member since Jan'11

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I have PCOS too. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago when my husband and I started trying to conceive. When I went off of my birth control I gained about 40lbs in just a few months, and I have really struggled to take it off. It's been especially hard since my PCOS has made getting pregnant (and staying pregnant) very difficult, which makes me depressed and sad and then I don't feel like working out, and I self medicate with food. I joined a gym at the beginning of this month and I am determined to lose the weight. I have heard and read a lot that suggests that being at a healthy weight can reduce PCOS symptoms and that it may make having a baby easier. I am on metformin also, but I am not very good at remembering to take it 3 times a day like I should. Anyone else struggling with infertility? Did losing some weight help your issues?

posted : 1/30/2011 at 12:57 PM

pljnyc member since Feb'11

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I too have PCOS and yes it makes it difficult to loose and keep weight off. I have found in my many discussions and many readings is that PCOS effects everyone different. What has worked for me in the past may not work this time around. I vary my diets and only take Metformin in cycles usually take for 6 - 9 months then stop for 6 - 9 months. The easiest time I had loosing weight was actually when i was pregnant, ended up 30 lbs lighter after finally having a live birth. But life happened and now I am back on the weight loss goal again. Coming to terms with the fact that PCOS will reak havoc on your life and body is most important, you just have to do what you need to do to be healthy accept that you may never get to "that size", embrace your body and keep your chin up knowing you are trying your hardest.

posted : 2/19/2011 at 10:53 PM

JENNIFER STEVENS member since Jan'11

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I also have PCOS. I read that cinnamon is a "wonder pill" and gave it a try. Yes cinnamon just like you have in your cabinets at home. I take 1 capsule with breakfast, 2 with lunch and one with dinner and my sugar cravings have went down drastically. It helps regulate your blood sugar and is good for your heart. I have lost 40 pounds just by changing my eating habits and hitting the gym 3-5 days a week and just recently got a trainer. I also have the slow head hair growth along with the facial hair and the acne is just becoming a factor. Also the toll it takes on fertility is horrible. I had to seek help of a reproductive endocrinoligist to get pregnant with my son, who is now 3. Getting pregnant and staying pregnant with PCOS is a emotional and physical rollercoaster. We are now attempting to try for a 2nd baby and I am starting my first round of fertility meds today.

Keep active, try the cinnamon, limit your bad carbs, get enough water and sleep and you will see results. Maybe not as fast as we like but it will happen. Chin up and keep up the good work.

Jennifer

posted : 2/23/2011 at 12:52 PM

Taura Sewell member since Jan'11

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Cinnamon with honey paste! I heard was even better that just cinnamon alone... I have PCOS, but I don't know much about it I just found out so I have to do some more research on it. It's good to know there are many women with this same issue....

posted : 2/23/2011 at 1:07 PM

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