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diabetic diet [Mar. 8th, 2009|03:02 am]
Weightloss Support For PCOS
are insulin resistance diets the best for women with pcos trying to lose weight?

[User Picture]From: wolfmare
2009-03-08 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be different and *NOT* jump to say yes. I tried going with an insulin resistance diet, and ended up fiending for the very carbs I was supposed to avoid.

I'm on Weight Watchers. I've lost almost 25 pounds since New Year's, and I'm NOT starving, I'm NOT fiending badly for things I can't have because... I can have what I want! It's all about portion control and keeping honest track of what you've been eating. I don't even *want* junk food anymore, save perhaps a once-a-week splurge which is totally allowed within the points that I have. And you don't have to join, all the info is available online.

Go ahead and try the insulin resistance stuff if you want. But keep in mind there are alternatives, and that when your main goal is to lose weight, you have to find what works for you.
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[User Picture]From: spindr
2009-03-08 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad ww is working for you - 25lb is a brilliant weight loss! :)

However, as you say, you have to find what works for you, so I'm going to add a contrary pov: when I was on WW, I was eating far more than I've ever eaten in my life (they're big on ensuring that you "eat your points"). I ate healthily within my points but still put on 1lb the first week...and 3 the second - despite going to the gym 4x a week! It was awful. :(

The only thing that works for me is a lowish carb diet based round veg and lean fish/meat...which I guess would be like a Type 2 diabetic diet. OP - good luck with whatever you decide. I've lost 16lb since new year; I'm Type 1 diabetic though, which increases difficulty with weight loss even more than PCOS on its own...so I'm happy with that loss.

Edited to correct (some of the...) typos.

Edited at 2009-03-08 02:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: wolfmare
2009-03-08 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'd also like to point out though, that the two aren't mutually exclusive. I do eat carbs in moderation, but I can also choose how much and what kind of carbs. Doesn't have to be just one or the other.

And ouchie... I'm not fully diabetic, but my mom was, and many of my aunts and uncles. I know how hard that can make it to lose weight. I actually veered the opposite direction... My blood sugar tends to be *too* low.
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[User Picture]From: spindr
2009-03-08 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, I agree. What I mean is that - for me - WW was just far, FAR too many calories. My metabolism works at a snail's pace (which is common for ppl with PCOS, iirc).
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[User Picture]From: wolfmare
2009-03-08 03:20 pm (UTC)
Something else I just thought of... I also have the mixed blessing of a surgically absent gallbladder. Thus, I can't digest most fat. It might very well be that WW would affect me the same way, but that I'm simply unable to absorb all of the calories because of that.

Who knows? To each their own. Awesome though that you persisted and found something that did work for you :)
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From: fluffy_tufts
2009-03-08 08:01 pm (UTC)
i dont have a gall bladder either
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[User Picture]From: wolfmare
2009-03-08 02:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Odd thought after I'd already replied: The problem may have been you were exercising too much. If any of it was resistance work, you'd have been building muscle and putting on weight while actually slimming down and toning up. I actually had the same thing happen a few years ago while trying to lose weight.
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[User Picture]From: spindr
2009-03-08 03:11 pm (UTC)
Heh, sadly, not. My body simply does not need the amount of calories that WW says it does.
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