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PCOS....fed up of struggling to lose weight!!

(25 Posts)
WannabeWilloughby Mon 25-Mar-13 15:13:12

Just having a rant and wondering if there are any other m'netters out there who suffer with pcos? I eat 30 percent of what my friends eat and still this bloody tummy won't go!!

Im following slimming world and have so much weight to lose, it's just going soooo slowly!!

Fed up!!!

WannabeWilloughby Tue 26-Mar-13 19:27:46

Anyone? smile

gallifrey Tue 26-Mar-13 22:17:22

I have always struggled to lose weight and have recently found out I have cysts on my ovaries. There could be a connection. I have a very big tummy that looks out of proportion to the rest of me!

WannabeWilloughby Tue 26-Mar-13 23:13:47

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. iIts a real pain!! A side effect of PCOS is struggling to lose weight, the docs are aware of it and reccommenred a low carb/low gi diet for ladies with pcos. Im fed up of losing weight slowly!! Was having a rant yesterday but today has been a new day and im moving on. grin

If you have only just been diagnosed have a look at the Verity website (sorry if im not supposed to tell people about other websites on here). Lots of good info on there. I've been on there since I was diagnosed in Jan 09. There are some lovely ladies on there. smile

Jayne266 Wed 27-Mar-13 09:58:17

Me too was trying to conceive when I found out

gallifrey Thu 28-Mar-13 11:36:19

thank you I'll go and check out the other website x

Montybojangles Sun 31-Mar-13 09:10:21

Ask your gp to prescribe metformin tablets.
If they won't then insist on a referral to an endocrinologist.
Good luck

Montybojangles Sun 31-Mar-13 09:10:38

Oh, and low carb

PoppyAmex Sun 31-Mar-13 09:12:08

Low gi, loads of protein, exercise and metformin. Slow but it will work.

CityTiliDie Sun 31-Mar-13 20:52:11

Eat less and move more.

if you burn up more calories than you eat then it is scientifically and medically impossible to lose weight.

You say you only eat 30% of what your friends eat but what do you really eat and drink............ denial is common when struggling to lose weight.

Try the 5-2 diet, its tough but if you are honest and stick to it you can lose the lbs. I lost 11lb in 7 weeks on it, but you have to cut the denial.

Harsh, I know and my flame proof suit is on and working .

You can do it you just have to actually do it properly and stop eating and drinking all the wrong things.

Good luck.

2fedup Sun 31-Mar-13 20:59:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PoppyAmex Mon 01-Apr-13 08:51:22

City that is actually a fallacy in same cases, including for people suffering from PCOS.

Low cal diets have been proven largely ineffective in this case, because a lot of people with this syndrome also suffer from insuline resistance.

CityTiliDie Mon 01-Apr-13 09:02:15

Poppy ! Really? You mean to tell me that if you consumed 600 cals in one day then burnt off 2000 cals on the same day that you would still put weight on? hmm

Most people who claim to be unable to lose weight are usually just denying exactly how much they do actually eat. They often forget the 3 glasses of wine, the 6 milky sweet teas, the chocolate, the cakes etc.

Being overweight is your responsibility as no one forces you to eat and so its up to you to regulate your calorie intake and keep yourself healthy rather than leaving up to the NHS to pick up the pieces for your selfish irresponsible behaviour.

CecyHall Mon 01-Apr-13 09:04:00

The 5-2 diet was the worst thing I ever did with regards to my PCOS. I'm so sick of it being touted as the way to go for everyone.

It made all my PCOS symptoms a million times worse and with further research (which yes, I should have done first) I found articles which said that fasting was a bad idea for the syndrome.

gallifrey Mon 01-Apr-13 09:06:36

the thing is that I've done weight watchers, slimming world, the 5:2 diet, slim fast etc and when I was able to I used to run 3 or 4 times a week. I used to have a horse so I was very active (I am disabled now) I didn't lose a lb!
I am convinced there is something else going on in my body that is preventing me from losing weight.
It might be pcos it might not but I am showing other symptoms of this and struggling to lose weight is one of them.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 01-Apr-13 16:25:35

Exercise more, we have slightly more testosterone than other ladies <plucks chin hairs> if my understanding is correct so you should be able build up muscle easily and muscle burns calories better than fat.

Or I could be wrong, I've had it so long I forget what's up and what's own with the hormones.

Ask for a scan, colleague of mine lost weight everywhere but the tummy and he had a massive cyst there.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 01-Apr-13 16:25:47


PoppyAmex Mon 01-Apr-13 17:06:26

City, you clearly don't understand PCOS or insulin resistance.

PoppyAmex Mon 01-Apr-13 17:07:44

And I'm not actually overweight anymore but there's no need to be aggressive and resort to name calling.

I'm not selfish or irresponsible. You're ignorant.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 01-Apr-13 17:21:32

Is there a nice gp in your practice who would do a long term blood sugar control test for you? I'm very slim but my gp does a random blood sugar and a HbA1c (3 month average sugar presented is %, should be 5ish) level every year so that if I do get problems we can treat them early.

Long term we have a much higher rate of type two diabetes than non pcos sufferers.

I'd aim for losing 1lb a week so you don't damage the metabolism.

Queenofknickers Mon 01-Apr-13 18:10:26

Ask for metformin but make sure you ask for the coated or gastro- resistant ones - the others cause nausea in some people x

smokinaces Mon 01-Apr-13 18:19:15

My pct will only prescribe metformin in pcos if you are actively trying to conceive. Otherwise its a no no.

My gynea banned me from the contraceptive pill. That helped. Then he gave me the mirena which has regulated my cycle but not affected my weight.

With regard to losing weight, I have had pcos for twelve years. I have tried almost everything going. The ONLY thing that works is low carb. Long term. No quick fix, you need to take it on for life. Not no carb, but low carb. Meat. Fish. Vegetables. Salads. Plain yogurt. Knock the fruit on the head, it is awful for pcos with the sugar. As is pasta. Reducate yourself about blood sugars and food and you will do it.

TheLightPassenger Mon 01-Apr-13 18:20:38

I prob dont have pcos. And prob do have insulin resistance. From what I have read you need to do about 5 hours per week brisk walking level exercise and try to eat less carbs and or lower gi approach. Sympathies, it is so demoralizing when dieting buddiese seem to so easily lose a stone a month when a pound a week is an achievement!

TheLightPassenger Mon 01-Apr-13 18:22:52

Btw i tried 5 2 for a month and felt dreadful BUT it has left me with less cravings for processed sugary stuff etc

smokinaces Mon 01-Apr-13 18:31:58

Oh and get rid of your low fat yogurts, mayo, cheese. Go for the full versions, just smaller amounts. Much better for blood sugar stabilisation. And less shit tbh.

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