(Closed) PCOS (Soul Cysters) any thoughts on HCG?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here’s a link to an older post about the hCG diet/supplement use. 

In summary, I was unable to find any randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trials that demonstrate the benefits of hCG use for weight loss.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was on the hcg diet and lost a lot of weight, but then gained it all back and more.  I don’t know much about whether it helps with PCOS without the diet.  However, my doctor just put me on metformin to help with the insulin resistance thats part of my PCOS.  I havent been on it long, but it seems to be helping a bit.  I normally gain weight even just even eating normally (which for me isn’t much) but I’ve noticed I’ve been staying stable.  They say working out and eating a high protein low carb diet really helps.  Stupid PCOS makes your body really love to gain weight off carbs, and I loooove carbs.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@lawschool bride: Thats what Im doing now- taking metformin and eating only whole wheat carbs or carbs from fruit/veggies…and not too many carbs! i think its working…

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Metformin and only carbs from fruit and veges.  No breads or pastas or rice.  3 meals a day, no snacking.  It’s hard but you get used to it and the more you lose the faster you lose and your body picks itself up.  When you get to your goal weight you can start to reintroduce things into your diet and manage it well.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@sunrunner: I was worried after staying off of carbs that once I lost the weight I would put it back on if I re-introduced carbs…is that not true?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I would not want to start missing with my hormones. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@AmeliaBedelia: Im looking into these drops now… Are they safe to take with metformin? Did your step-mom tell you?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am googling them and I see that Dr. Oz had a segment on their many hazards…will look that up and report back.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Wow – we’re date twins and PCOS Cysters…  I have PCOS and have been diagnosed for over 12 years now.  I’m on Metformin, and have been for a few years, I also had lap-band surgery, so I no longer am afforded the ability to eat the breads I used to love (still do, however my band doesnt)…. Metformin has helped me tremendously in my energy, and also losing weight.  If I eat too many carbs – I’m in the bathroom w/in a half an hour (Max)…  I was on BCP’s before and they made me a mean, green monster (I’m not a fan of hormones) – and once I had a hysterectomy – I dont need to go on them for that part…  I’ve never looked into HCG’s, but like BCP’s – I’m not a fan of adding hormones to the body.. Just my 2 pennies 🙂

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hm…I wouldn’t try HCG.  I’d be too worried it’d negatively affect my hormones even more than they are screwed up now.  The diet associated with HCG is really unhealthy, 500 calories will induce starvation so that when you do go back to normal eating habits you’ll gain a ton of weight.

I was on metformin for a little bit but I kept having these really weird headaches.  I’d get like a brain zap/shock and then a really bad headache so I quit taking metformin.  Plus it didn’t bode well with my digestive track even with no carbs.  My doctor said my insulin levels were in excellent shape so it was really just for losing weight and didn’t help me lose weight.

I think strict no/low-carb diet and exercise is the only option for me now.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@AmeliaBedelia:  I have PCOS.  This is the ONLY diet that has ever worked for me.  I am getting ready to start my 3rd round this week.  In my first round (32 days) I lost 35 pounds.  I gained back 5 pounds during a vacation.  My 2nd Round (40 days) I lost 30 pounds and have kept all of it off.  I am currently down 60 pounds and I feel great.  It takes a lot of dedication and for me it has helped to have another reason to do it other than vanity.  At my weight with the PCOS, having children would be extremely difficult without fertility so that has been my motivation aside from wanting to look smokin’ hot in my wedding dress.  

Below is a picture of me during the first week of my 2nd round and another picture at the end.  This is what 30 pounds in 30 days looks like.

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