(Closed) PCOS has changed my body.

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16…I guess it didn’t ever really change my body, I was always overweight. Medication helps because it helps your body feel full, so you won’t overeat. Are you on the right medications? The best thing to do is what you are doing – there is only one good way to lose weight and that’s with diet and exercise.

Post # 4
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh, I’m so sorry! Maybe you could try going to a specialty lingerie shop and asking if they have any waist cinchers or something that could nip you in and make the dress fit again?

Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 2006

My sister suffers from PCOS and it has gotten progressively worse for her, especially after the birth of her daughter, who is now one. I know she struggles so much with this. She just had a doctors appointment and the doctor pretty much told her straight out that meds don’t do anything for the weight loss, he said the she needs to exercise 4-5 times a week and eat significantly less than most people. I recommend Windsor Pilates to work your core, all exercises are geared towards to core, the videos are pretty inexpensive you can find them on Ebay, you would need the basic 20 minute workout, it is quick and easy, you do need to do it atleast 3 times per week to see results, but partnered with diet and cardio you will see results.

Post # 7
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree with ashleyk..Pilates works wonders, tends to "stretch" the body out making everything leaner. Cardio (not running, walking) at a faster pace that gets your heart rate up, You don’t have to run in order to lose weight walking helps alot.  Have you thought about getting a gym pass?  They are great with classes they can offer at all different levels plus you get to meet new people and develop work out buddys.  As far as diet….lets face it we all know what we should and shouldn’t eat…don’t be strict on yourself i.e. no carbs, sugars, no fat that sort of thing, lots of fruits and vegetables during morning and lunches and lean proteins for dinner, if you need a filler inbetween I always like a little single serving of no buttered popcorn with a little salt for flavor, or I make cookies and take one or two off the plate, pack up the rest for FH and send them to work with him, that way I get just enough to kill that little sweet tooth craving and his buddy’s at work think I’m the best for sending cookies for all the guys to enjoy (FH is a paramedic and police officer so you can imagine they don’t get to eat whenever they like) .  If you become to strict on yourself with your diet you tend to feel like your depriving yourself and end up over-indulging (atleast I do).  Hope this helps and good luck to you!!

Post # 9
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Because carbohydrates are often linked to high insulin levels, women with PCOS are typically recommended to follow a low glycemic index diet. Foods in this type of diet do not cause a quick rise and fall in blood sugar. levels and therefore help to prevent elevated insulin levels. Since carbohydrates are the main culprit behind rising insulin levels, many women may be tempted to cut out carbs from their diet or follow a low carb diet– this is not necessary.

There is nothing wrong with having carbohydrates in your diet so long as they are the right kind of carbs. Instead of choosing starchy, processed carbs, which contribute to high insulin levels causing your blood sugar to remain low while you crave more carbs, opt for whole grain carbohydrates. Because they have more fibre in them, they take longer for your body to turn into sugar and therefore have a low gylcemic index. 

It is difficult to say precisely what is the right proportion of carbohydrates for women with PCOS as each woman is different and has their own dietary needs. Some experts, however, suggest that women that are overweight and affected by PCOS try reducing their daily carbohydrates intake to 40% of their diet.

In addition to aerobic exercise, weight training is also recommended. Although many women shy away from weight training for fear of bulking up, exercising with low weights and doing higher repetitions of an exercise will actually help tone your muscles. Better yet, because muscles burn more calories than fat, building up your muscle will help you burn more calories throughout the day, even while you are resting. Furthermore, weight training helps to build up bone density, which can prevent osteoporosis later on.

Again, this is not medical advice, but just general information about PCOS.  Please continue to work with your own provider to find the optimal program for you!

Well, I hope this helps!  It sounds like you are on the right track 🙂

Post # 10
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

PCOS is difficult to handle, are you maybe suffering from emotional eating?  If not I’d suggest a bootcamp combined with a very restrictive diet.  Like 800-1200 kcal per day with less than 50g carbs.  My trainer put me on that for 2 weeks and it worked wonders!

Post # 11
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve been going through something similar in the last year- I haven’t been diagnosed yet, doctors still doing tests, but I gained nearly 20 lbs, and it’s all in the mid-section/arms. I’ve been eating more veggies, cutting alcohol out almost completely, and staying away from refined carbs. My blood tests finished this week (YAAAAAY), so I’m finally back on BCP, and hopefully will be able to shift a little weight as it gets my hormones back in line. In all the reading I’ve done on PCOS in the last few months I kept seeing boards where women said they had a lot of success with the South Beach Diet. Essentially, as doctorgirl said, a diet low on the glycemic index is often recommended to women with PCOS, insulin resistance, estrogen dominance etc. South Beach falls into this criteria. I know you mentioned you’re doing Jenny Craig, which is great, but I think you have to approach your diet both for the reason of weight loss, as well as keeping your PCOS as under control as possible. While most South Beach recipes are fairly simple and strait forward, I believe there are prepackaged frozen meals etc. (though personally I’d recommend only resorting to frozen when you’ve absolutely no time).

You mention you haven’t done any serious "hard core" exercising yet. Again, going with what doctorgirl said, your best bet is a mixture of cardio (fast walking, dancing, anything that gets your heart rate up) and a bit of weight training, resistance exercise (crunches etc.).

As far as DVDs I’d recommend The 30 Day Shred which is a combo of weights, resistance and cardio, and The New York City Ballet Workout, which has a lot of the elements of pilates, focuses on the core and keeps me more interested than other pilates DVDs.

Post # 12
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I would also recommend visiting some of the PCOS websites out there, like http://www.soulcysters.com/ 

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