(Closed) Losing Weight with PCOS- low carb the most effective option?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago and have had some luck on a low GI (Glycemic Index) diet. It’s not necessarily a low carb diet, you just have to be very careful about what kinds of carbs you consume. Basically you have to stay away from anything that would cause your blood sugar to spike because that aggravates PCOS symptoms. 

Additionally I went off the BC pills my doctor perscribed and switched to metformin, which regulated my cycles about as well as the BC without the weight gain or cardiovascular side effects I was worried about. The way I see it the BC only treats the symptoms of PCOS (irregular cycles, acne, etc) while metformin treats the cause (insulin resistance). Your views may be different but that was my reasoning for the switch.

I do NOT recommend taking both at once though, which my doctor tried with me for a while. It caused my blood pressure to skyrocket for some reason and I almost had to take a third med for that. Ideally I’d like to use all natural methods. I’m about to phase off the metformin to see if I can manage my symptoms with diet and excersise alone.

As I’m sure you know, losing weight with PCOS is extremely tough. Everything I’ve tried has helped only slightly. Although low carb can be effective in the short term it can be very hard to maintain for long periods. I can’t speak for anyone else, but moderate carb low GI with plenty of excersise seems to be the most effective long term solution in my case.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

1lb a week on 80-100 carbs a day should be doable. I don’t want to alarm you but your weight loss may plateau before you reach your goal. That’s what turned me off of low carb initially, I felt like I was sacrificing a lot for not much payoff. If it works for you and gets you to your goal that’s GREAT but unfortunately for me it didn’t so I just concentrated on low GI and increased my excersise. 

I guess I was lucky that my insurance at the time covered the tests I needed for metformin and most of the cost of the drug itself. It’s not necessarily the best option for everyone, I just liked it better than the BC my doctor was prescribing and I had to choose one or the other.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I have PCOS and I am finding weight loss to be VERY SLOW and it’s frustrating.  I’ve been doing WW since February 4th and I’ve only lost 18 pounds.  I’m currently on just BC, not Metformin.  But I am interested in finding out more about taking Metformin. 

But why is losing weight with PCOS so tough?  I figure if I didn’t have it, I would have been able to lose almost twice the weight by now.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Evie19Metformin hasn’t caused any side effects for me. I’ve heard it can cause nausea and headaches but I’ve never had a problem.

@SM1982 PCOS comes with insulin resistance, and when your insulin is too high it can make your hormones go out of whack, and then you get an increase in hormones that cause weight gain and resist weight loss. The link below explains it pretty well:

http://women.webmd.com/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-and-weight-gain

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have PCOS. I started metformin and weight watchers about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago and lost 65lbs. I was on birth control until a year ago to regulate my periods (I was lucky if I got one a year) now I get them fairly regular.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The side effects of metformin for me are an upset stomach….I’m not nauseated but I have diarrhea all the time.  Too Much Information….but it is awful.  It goes away after a couple weeks for me but getting through those couple weeks is awful!  I did not lose any weight on it…but I also have never been able to take it long term….I probably could if I could move my office to the bathroom! 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have pcos. I lost quite a bit of weight with metformin but it made me vey sick and when I lost my insurance I gained back all the weight within a few months.

The only thing working for me now is to be completely gluten and grain free and low carb (mostly limiting fruit).

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have no had any side effects of metformin. Sometimes I wish I did cuz then I would “cheat” less.I was told by my doctor that I would have side effects when I wasn’t eating properly. Just make sure you watch your carbs and take it with food.

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