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October 2nd, 2005, 08:12 AM
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I am having a tough time losing weight, even on 2000 mg of MET. I went to a nutritionist before and was able to lose only 10 1bs and get preg ( m/c at 8 wks). But now I can't get off 3 lbs. I'm desperate for any suggestions. I'm hearing a lot from friends and family , not DH, that if I really want to have a baby then it should be no problem to take off the weight. That hurts a lot. They don't know how difficult it is to loose weight with PCOS. I tried to explain it to them but they don't seem to want to grasp it.

Any suggestions?? I'm getting pretty depressed here. Don't mean to bring anyone down.

Keisha
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PCOS DX 2003
12/2004 - preg but m/c at 8 weeks
07/2006 - preg w/IVF but m/c at 4 weeks
06/2007 - trying again with new diagnoses - blood clotting issue
07/2007 - IVF cycle cancelled - TWICE
12/07 - BFP....waiting for Xavier
07/30/08 - RICHARD XAVIER IS HERE!




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October 2nd, 2005, 12:14 PM
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I don't mean for this to come across insensitive, and maybe I read your post wrong, but did you say you were trying to lose 3 pounds?? Maybe that was a typo? I know even a small amount of weight loss can make a huge difference, but 3 lbs is something that can fluctuate even throughout the day. Actually at my last appointment, my doctor told me they don't even consider 3 lbs a gain or loss. Meaning if you weighed in at say 100 lbs (lol for me) and the next visit you weighed in at 103, they wouldn't consider that a gain. So there is a 3 pound window in either direction.

As for a diet, I have GD and I've actually lost weight during this pregnancy on that diet. Basically common sense. . .watch your carbs (and have them with protein) and cut out sugar. I know it's easier said than done (believe me I know) but there are so many great substitute products on the market with splenda and such.

Good luck to you and I hope you are feeling better these days. . .
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October 2nd, 2005, 12:43 PM
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I dont have any definite answers for about one diet or another for PCOS. Ive always had a hard time losing weight, but hope when i got on metformin (in the week or so) it will help. If you need a weight loss buddy or anything I'd be glad to help.
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October 2nd, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Women with PCOS tend to have a better weight loss when they're on a very low carb, low fat diet.

I understand how hard it is for people to get the whole weight loss thing for cysters. I think everyone at one point or another has gotten exhausted trying to explain it. I always just say that all my hormone levels are misadjusted and so losing weight is a lot harder for me.
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October 2nd, 2005, 02:37 PM
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I was one of the lucky ones that by being on 2000mg metformin daily I was able to lose about 10 pounds a year without changing my eating habits.

I am hoping that it will happen this time around, but I'm not sure since I am on Depakote. Early this year, I was put on 3 bipolar meds and now I am over 100 pounds overweight.

I stopped taking all my meds including metformin in March, but am now back on the Metformin. I have heard too that a low carb, low fat diet was a best way to go.
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October 2nd, 2005, 08:24 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by michelemybelle@Oct 2 2005, 01:14 PM
I don't mean for this to come across insensitive, and maybe I read your post wrong, but did you say you were trying to lose 3 pounds?? Maybe that was a typo? I know even a small amount of weight loss can make a huge difference, but 3 lbs is something that can fluctuate even throughout the day. Actually at my last appointment, my doctor told me they don't even consider 3 lbs a gain or loss. Meaning if you weighed in at say 100 lbs (lol for me) and the next visit you weighed in at 103, they wouldn't consider that a gain. So there is a 3 pound window in either direction.

As for a diet, I have GD and I've actually lost weight during this pregnancy on that diet. Basically common sense. . .watch your carbs (and have them with protein) and cut out sugar. I know it's easier said than done (believe me I know) but there are so many great substitute products on the market with splenda and such.

Good luck to you and I hope you are feeling better these days. . .
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I wish it was only 3lbs LOL...I mean I can't even loose that small amount. You mentioned Splenda...isn't there some sort of health concern with the liver with that? I've tried the whole carb and protein thing and you get out of routine and 20 lbs shows up out of nowhere..........
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ME 35 /DH 32
PCOS DX 2003
12/2004 - preg but m/c at 8 weeks
07/2006 - preg w/IVF but m/c at 4 weeks
06/2007 - trying again with new diagnoses - blood clotting issue
07/2007 - IVF cycle cancelled - TWICE
12/07 - BFP....waiting for Xavier
07/30/08 - RICHARD XAVIER IS HERE!




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October 2nd, 2005, 08:30 PM
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Originally posted by daisy15@Oct 2 2005, 01:43 PM
I dont have any definite answers for about one diet or another for PCOS. Ive always had a hard time losing weight, but hope when i got on metformin (in the week or so) it will help. If you need a weight loss buddy or anything I'd be glad to help.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think I will try a personal trainer at this point because for all of my discipline I am getting nowhere.

daisy15 - thanks for the offer I will be taking you up on that!!

Enough of my personal pity party.... a new day is coming and I will just have to take it one day at a time. Frustration level is high because I hear the tickin' louder now that I am 33!
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ME 35 /DH 32
PCOS DX 2003
12/2004 - preg but m/c at 8 weeks
07/2006 - preg w/IVF but m/c at 4 weeks
06/2007 - trying again with new diagnoses - blood clotting issue
07/2007 - IVF cycle cancelled - TWICE
12/07 - BFP....waiting for Xavier
07/30/08 - RICHARD XAVIER IS HERE!




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October 2nd, 2005, 08:50 PM
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Originally posted by angeleyes@Oct 2 2005, 09:24 PM
... You mentioned Splenda...isn't there some sort of health concern with the liver with that? I've tried the whole carb and protein thing and you get out of routine and 20 lbs shows up out of nowhere..........
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Here's the conundrum with sweeteners and PCOS (aspartame, splenda, stevia etc.)
The problem with sweeteners is that when you eat/drink them the taste buds send a signal to your brain that the body is about to recieve sugar in the system. signal tells the liver not to produce sugar from the raw materials but to begin storing sugar to control the level of sugar in the blood. When the sugar isn't delivered the brain & liver send out a hunger signal to get the sugar the taste buds said it was getting. So you in turn become even more hungry with a craving for sugar/carbs and are more likely to over eat during the 90 minutes after you ingested the sweetener.

So you are more likely to sabotage your diet by using sweeteners than you would by just avoiding them especially if you are on a low carb/fat diet as many cysters are. That's not to mention the fact that you might be confusing your system that way.
It's hard and it's an everyday battle for a lot of us but we just have to take it one day at a time. We don't get to go on a chocolate cake binge for two weeks and then expect to be able to fit in our jeans I guess we need to band together and come up with a healthy living routine. One that tastes good (healthy chocolate cake maybe?), is tailored for us and one that we can live with every day!
I'm on a plan now that allows me room to cheat everyday that I've done pretty well with. My grandpa (a dr.) recommended it to me so maybe we can work from that.
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October 3rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
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I haven't really craved sweets since I cut them out, sounds strange, the first time in my life actually. Erica has a point though, the biology of it is complicated and everyone's body reacts differently, but I think if you take things in moderation, like splenda, or even real sugar, you can find what works for you.

For me the GD 'diet' has worked wonders, but of course you'll have to find what works for you. Like I mentioned, it's basically common sense. The hard part is actually doing it. Like Oprah says, the discipline comes from DOING it, you can't just wait around for the motivation to carry you.

After I have this baby, I'm definitely going to need to get my bootie in gear and exercise more. Lately, I'm in just too much pain. LOL.

But take one day at a time (or better yet, one meal at a time) and do the best you can do.

We're all here for support!
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October 3rd, 2005, 11:15 AM
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I'm only on 1000 mgs of metformin but it changed my eating habits all in itself I have been on it for 1 yr and 1 month and I've lost 25lbs from the time I started Met. until now and was 1 week away from being 5 months pregnant in between.
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