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Pcos please be gentle

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unicornbird Tue 09-Aug-16 11:41:33

So after a lot of back and forth for the last year, I've got high liver function so can't drink, pre diabetic and now diagnosed with pcos. However the doctor won't give me hormone therapy as my weight is too high. Now for the last year I've fought and fought my weight, manage to get half stone off then I put on 2 stone the Nxt week even though I have done nothing different. Heart breaking isn't the word. Now I'm in catch 22 I can't lose the weight cos of the pcos but can't help me till I do. In between that I'm growing a beard chest and tummy hair and my boobs have changed as well.
I've done slimming world and weight watchers nothing works, so sitting in tears not knowing what to do.
Please helpsad blush

unicornbird Tue 09-Aug-16 12:06:57


thumb3lina Tue 09-Aug-16 12:13:56

I have PCOS too but I don't really know what to advise diet wise, as I've never been in your position. I know with any diet it's most important you try and diet slowly, if you crash diet you will regain the weight and more. Can you try an exercise regime and a low calorie diet? Maybe if you plan your meals ahead to have healthier ones it will help. Keep all treats/unhealthy snacks out of the house to avoid temptation and drink a pint of water before eating anything to help you feel full. I know someone who advised, as soon as you start to feel full while eating a meal squirt washing up liquid over it so you can't eat any more but probably a better solution would be to just give yourself a much smaller portion.

Cocolepew Tue 09-Aug-16 12:18:40

Look at a pre diabetic diet plan. It will be mostly low carb.
I was able to lose weight when I had PCOS and insulin resistance by following the GI diet.

unicornbird Tue 09-Aug-16 12:22:42

I've been doing low carb advised diets as they a re the only ones that allow me to lose anything, I can only get to -7lb and I will put at least a stone back on the following week. No one can tell me why.

Lj8893 Tue 09-Aug-16 12:23:41

I have PCOS and also find it difficult to lose weight. I have tried most diets. In the past I have said that SW didn't work.

I'm currently trying SW again and it's working for me, I've lost over a stone in 2 months. I have had to really focus and be determined though.

Give it another go, just be prepared to work hard at it.


Cocolepew Tue 09-Aug-16 12:46:00

Are you putting the weight back on after the diet or while you are doing it?
Keep a food diary and calorie count if you need too.

HumphreyCobblers Tue 09-Aug-16 12:57:06

This could be useful to you

I have self diagnosed with PCOS and I have been taking it for three weeks now. Am very interested to see if my cycle regulates. It is not harmful so if you have enough in your system you just wee it out.

unicornbird Tue 09-Aug-16 18:15:41

While I'm on the diet i put it all on plus more

unicornbird Tue 09-Aug-16 18:16:34

The link is invalid

Curlgurl Tue 09-Aug-16 18:17:59

When you are eating low carb what are you actually eating, what's your daily meal plan? If you are eating things like nuts and fruit then you will have to cut it out.
Unfortunately with PCOS you sometimes have to go ultra low carb, I know I have to when I want to lose weight.
Do you take metformin?

Badders123 Tue 09-Aug-16 18:20:00

I would really recommend the blood sugar diet by dr Michael Moseley
It's specifically for those who are pre or diabetic
If you do a search you will find a support thread on mn
Good luck

NotCitrus Tue 09-Aug-16 18:39:00

Have you been prescribed Metformin? It's usually suggested if contraceptive pills aren't suitable for PCOS. Some people including me find it gives them nausea but I found that helped with weight loss.

ggirl Tue 09-Aug-16 18:42:05

OP google Inositol for PCOS
it's got a lot of benefits for insulin resistance
and regulating periods
much like metformin

ggirl Tue 09-Aug-16 18:44:35


AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 09-Aug-16 19:37:42

Following a low GI/GL eating plan could help you. Colette Harris is herself a PCOS patient and has written cookbooks designed with PCOS in mind.

Low carb is not sustainable in the long term.

Not all PCOS patients are insulin resistant is a helpful website.

trinity0097 Tue 09-Aug-16 21:16:37

Low carb is very sustainable long term, I've been doing it for 18 months, lost 4.5 stone and it's just my normal way of eating.

How low carb were you going? You should have been aiming for 20g a day of carbs.

Curlgurl Tue 09-Aug-16 22:25:46

Of course low carb is sustainable

HumphreyCobblers Tue 09-Aug-16 22:53:13

Low carb is definitely sustainable, you don't have to do the Atkins! I eat more vegetables low carbing than most people ever do.

sorry about rubbish link, but do google inositol as a pp suggests.

unicornbird Thu 11-Aug-16 09:41:40

I did the 5:2 had the most success lost 7lb in 3 weeks on week four I put 1 1/2 stone back on. I really did cry, and fell off the wagon, I looked into the blood sugar diet which I'm gonna start on Monday.
The doctor won't prescribe anything due to my weight because it's too risky. The only help she offered was to send me to sw or ww, or that new government live well crap.

unicornbird Thu 11-Aug-16 09:44:21

Should probably add I've had the mirena coil in for 3 years and have 4 ds so I'm not trying for children or anything like that.

Badders123 Thu 11-Aug-16 10:40:28

Why Monday?
Why not today?
Come on.
You can do it.

Dogdays200 Thu 11-Aug-16 20:55:22

I have PCOS. It's awful.

Honestly, people make you feel like crap because your overweight. My doctor - gods honest truth - said to me 'you know you just have to stop putting so much food in your mouth, yes?' Exact words.

I went, unsurprisingly, to a different doctors who recommended a low carb diet. I spent four months on this diet and didn't loose a thing.

I then joined slimming world and again lost nothing. I went to see yet another doctor and this time they doubled my metformin dosage from 2 tablets to 4 tablets. This was at the end of March. Since then my weight started dropping instantly. I loose consistently 2-3lb a week. So yes it's slow, but it's healthy.

I've lost almost 3 stone now and I feel so much better for it, even though I have a long long way to go.

Please don't give up, or feel bad about it. Keep trying new things, go back to your doctor. It's trial and error but the answer is there somewhere!

Message if you need more info xxx

unicornbird Wed 24-Aug-16 09:31:10

Well on week 2 of the blood sugar diet, nearly eaten my hand off a few times, but lost 4lb so I'm very happy with that.
Still very angry I'm dealing with this, I'm pissed off with being tired all the time, the chronic itching and the fucking hair removal from my face, agony! I wax and pluck so it lasts longer, hair removal creams upset my very sensitive skin so rules that out and shaving means at least twice a day.
Any other ideas that work but won't leave me itching or wondering if I have any skin left on my face

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