Hi I'm 14 and have the same prob can u help me,by giving me a diet to follow
I would like you to know I am 24 and living with PCOS. I found out when i was 11 that I had it, it runs in my family my grandmother mom and aunt all have it, do not listen to them when they say you are unable to have children, my aunt has three kids my mom had me and my twin brother and my grandmother also had four children so yes it is possible. I want to post my success story to you however, with the PCOS i have always been overweight and that resulted in being diabetic, I started watching what I ate around November of 2013 and I joined my local gym in January. Before I started this recent journey nothing helped and diet alone is not enough i was sluggish on all kinds of medications and my periods were outrageous. as of today I went to the doctor and I am proud to announce I no longer have to take medication for my diabetes for it has gotten under control and I started my journey weighing 280 pounds in November and I am now 220 pounds! Besides the medication my periods are light and on time every month, something that has never happened since I was 13! So you can do it I have hope since I finally see that it is possible to lose weight and live a normal life with PCOS we just have to work harder than most. The facial hair is still a problem and I shave my face everyday but I wear foundation which covers up the evidence that I shave, the doctor said that once i get my IUD in I will start to notice that the facial hair and acne will start to go to normal, i highly recommend and IUD rather than standard birth control, the side effects are less and you don't have to remember to take it, it lasts for five years. My friend also has PCOS and it has done wonders for her, with this disease we need the extra hormones, my doctor also prescribed me prenatal vitamins, seem to be working, my biggest advice would be to cut out sugar like soda sweets candy etc but DO NOT eat anything diet or sugar free the sugar alcohol is horrid for us so if your craving something sweet just eat it, everything is ok in moderation. Water with lemon and a oinch of raw sugar is my best friend when I'm craving something to drink that has a little taste. Also stay away from fried foods, I eat all raw vegtables and buy fresh chicken and fish not frozen and I eat small amounts of red meat. I know this post is older but I happened by it today and thought I would share. It's hard to deal with but better knowing you're not the only one and others can help! Good Luck
I was diagnosed with pcos 10 years ago. I tried to lose weight but never got anywhere. This may I decided enough was enough and joined weight watchers. I was 17st 2 on my first weigh in. 3 weeks ago I weighed in at 14st 8 and that was my last weigh in as I was 7 weeks pregnant. I'm now 10 and still think am in a dream.
Losing weight is the most important thing. I was on metformin but it did nothing apart from make me gain weight. I have lost the weight by my self and it has been hard work but solo worth it. Xxxx
I am 22 and I was diagnosed with borderline pcos. I was also told to eat healthy to keep the symptoms at bay and keep me out of becoming full-fledged pcos. I cut out all simple carbs (anything processed), and I work out everyday for at least a half hour. The weight fell off (I lost forty pounds in four months) and my periods are perfectly regular now. The facial hair and the acne is much better but not totally gone. Sugar is poison to a woman with pcos. Stay away from it. It worked for me. Good luck.
I'm 21 I was diagnosed with pcos at age 15 because i started to have crazy weight gain darkening of the skin and i was growing facial hair for a young girl that is very hard to deal with but as time went on i figured out how to adjust to my diagnosis and I basically let myself go i got to 253lbs and i looked at myself and decided i would follow the doctors advice and try as hard as i could to lose weight and so i have been doing a yogurt smoothie and chicken diet and doing some flat tummy exercises that only take 8 minutes a day and i have seen amazing results i thought of the diet on my own because i was put on every diet under the sun and put on metformin 1000mg a day 500mg am & pm. and that didnt work so I decided i would make up my own diet and maybe its not the healthiest but i feel wonderful i started the diet on october 5th, 2013 and i have already lost 38lbsi started at 253 and i'm now at 215 only after a short time and an added plus i finally saw aunt flo for the first time in 1 and a half years this morning. so ladies if i can do it you can do it and i figure a few more months regular periods and i can finally TTC.
How long did it take for you to notice a difference? I went off of birth control and gained 10 pounds in one month. I am now on MF 1000mg/day for 2 weeks and have not noticed any weight difference at all.
hi..i also have a success story to share ...i was the fattest kid in my family ..used to eat each and everything .and weighed 50 kgs at the age of 10 .my periods were erratic right from the biggening.nothing for three to four months and then a full month of them .but i didnt have any othe r pcos symptoms ..then i took a homeopathic medicine for curing those month long perids .as a result i stopped getting periods at all .i gained weight like hell and weighed 75 at the age of 18 . i never knew it was pcos . i knew nothing about my disease .went to a doctor and she only told my to follow the prescribed diet plan ,no sugar ,no coke (mind u i used to drink coke in place of water .literally ) i didnt follow it .then i met failure in my real life and got really depressed .i was angry with myself for being a loser ,thick hair on face ,fat cow .good for nothing . i started starving myself ..wouldnt eat anything .just 1 litre coke and 2 - 3 chips packets once a day .simply means one meal a day .only after one month i got my first periods in 5-6 years .the i kept on losing weight ,without really an intention to lose weigth (mind u i was hopeless ), and i mangaed to get 5 times in a year .my diet was very irregular .i never stopped drinking coke .but i didnt eat rice .and very small portions of food .eversince i have reached 55 kg mark i get my periods every month after 32 days .without any pill .i just eat less of everything .i have lessened on coke now .because now i know it is the sole cause of my disease .i stil have symptoms ,facial hair ,less hair on scalp .hirutism ,sugar cravings ,but my condition has gone way better then it used to be .i dont get those mood swings that often .i have busied myself in studies .they also helped me lose weight .so all in all the condition can be improved if you diet .reduce your portion size and drink a lot of water .
I have pcos and my doc is no help at all she didnt help with weight loss and doesn't even reply my emails ive been looking for another doc that could help would u mind giving me your docs info and province. maybe he/she could help its been really hard for me gaining weight with no one helping me
I am 20 years old, mother of a two year old. I was 18 when i had my little boy. Before i was pregnant. i weighed 120. I was very athletic and ate pretty well. So after the pregnancy i was 170. Two years later and I the scale showed 160. So i went to my doc and she discovered i had PCOS. I wasnt ovulating, I wasn't loosing weight even if i was exercising, walking to work, but then again i wasn't eating too well eithor. So its been one month I take 500 mg once a day and june 1st i am starting to take it twice a day. I now go to the gym three days a week, eat healthy and drink 8 water bottles a day. When i first started i was sick to my stomach, and felt like i was pregnant. But now that my body is getting used to it i cant wait to up my dose. One month later i am now 154 lbs. i know, 6 pounds but thats progress, its actually healthy to start off with progress. And it gives me motivation, like oh maybe when i up my dose ill loose 16 pounds next month. So i hope my story helps. I am very motivated because it can work if you work with it. You cant just take the pill and exspect results. I go back to my doc at the end of august and my goal is to sit there and smile and tell her look at me, i loved it! and ofcourse i hope the PCOS will help too. But mostly my weight. So GO US! WE can ALL DO IT. and good luck to everyone.
I have PCOS and tried everything too. My highest was 280 pounds. I finally switched my diet to consist of 80% plant based raw food. and wow, I lost over a hundred pounds in a very short time. I wasnt even trying it just fell off. Getting rid of the hormones in the food was the key! We have enough hormones why add more! lol. My periods became regular and I recently went to the dr because I had a cyst rupture from clomid and they did a scan and said I have no cycts on ovaries anymore! I think a combination of plant based foods, and my vitex /maca combo helped a ton. I got married and kinda fell off wagon and bam gained 20 pounds. now I am trying to be strict again because I want another child...naturally if I can :)
Hopefully u know I meant starchy carbs not crabs!
First off I would like to say I had a terrible experience with Metformin. my blood sugar was never high and once I started it my blood sugar never went over 85. It did no good and I stopped taking it.
as far as losing weight...yes you can. I have been able to lose weight but it doesn't come off super fast. I have to be very careful about what I eat and watch the white starchy crabs and sugar. I exercise everyday also. if it helps at all I can lose inches easier than I can drop actual pounds so I look a lot thinner than the # on my scale would suggest! keep at it and don't stress!!
Hi Mika, thanks for replying to my post, I read your post and I relate to your situation. I went to see the GI specialist re my CT scan, (I was sent there by my primary care doc who said I had pcos) and the GI specialist want to do an upper endo and a lower gi laparoscopy. The GI also said that my primary care doc is wrong about the pcos. She said she when she (the GI) read the CT scan report her interpretation of the cyst were inside and not outside the ovaries. So GI highly recommened that I go to a OBGYN specialist as long as it doesn't offend my primary care. I sat there just bewildered. I had scheduled a pap with my primary care and called the office to have a referral to a specialist for OBGYN and they still want me to come in just to get a referral. GI said I will need more tests by a specialish in OBGYN before concluding diagnosis with PCOS. GI specialist was not thrilled about what my primary care doc had told me about my CT scans. So now I am at a loss as to what to believe until I go to an OB specialist. More tests...aaarrgh. I really don't know what to think but am trying to just not worry about stuff and continue working out hard and watching diet. I also just weighed my self and am down to 129.5lbs. not much weight but something better than nothing. So I consume anywhere between 1200 or less calories a day, rarely above 1800 cals (maybe when I eat a subway tuna sandwich?!)and I burn between 300-400 cals a day at the gym, sometimes more..depends. I do cardio for 40, 50 or 60 minutes (elliptical, treadmill), light weight, more reps., ab exercises. So I burn anywhere from 1200 or more calories a week. I don't drink soda, or sugary drinks either. So the math says I should lose lbs...but I don't. Blows my mind away. E.g I drink my multivit drink in the am, then a large cup of green tea, shakelogy with almond milk for breakfast. Then a cucumber/iceberg lettuce salad with carrot-ginger dressing and a bowl of miso soup. Dinner was3/4 cup rice with 2 pork meatballs (1inch diameter,reduced fat meat, and baked in oven) and lightly stir fried bokchoy with garlic and ginger, snacks were 1/4 cup almonds throughout day, and plenty of water. And this dinner is heavier than I normally eat. Two hours later I went to gym (did treadmill, speed walk and jog interval for 45 minutes plus strength on legs and abs), came home and had another vitamin drink (emergen-C 5 calories only, just mix with 4oz water), then a cup of herbal tea and more water, then I went to bed. I eat like this often. sometimes I just eat a really light dinner, just a bowl of veges and very little meat. I eat beef like once a month or longer. mostly chicken, turkey, tofu. So I don't know how all the theories of metabolism isn't working for me. And if I don't have pcos then I don't know what is causing this. BTW I am terrified of doing the upper gi and lower gi. I told my GI I have to think about it as I am scared of the procedure. She said she want to make sure there is nothing she is missing about my GI symptoms. Good luck with your new supplement, I hope it works.
Hi, I am 18 and I was just diagnosed with PCOS today. I believe I have had it for about a year or two now. I have put on 90 pounds, I have hair in spots that I shouldn't, have not gotten a period in 4 months, and I have crazy hormones. I used to be about 160 lbs, and I am now 250 lbs. I was just wondering and looking for people who have possibly gone through this as well, I was just put on 250 mg of metformin a day, and I was wondering if I could expect weight loss/ hair loss and regain my periods? Someone please let me know, I am so worried I will never lose this weight.
This really made me smile. What a lovely guy you must be to care so much about what your girlfriend is going through and do all you can to help her. Shows there are truly amazing people in the world, although often we find the opposite! Did you find that the lifestyle and exercise changes worked to alleviate any of the PCOS symptoms?
I just bit the bullet and got laser hair removal done. It was the best money I ever spent!
It is not 100% gone but I am ok with going to get a touch up treatment about once a year.
Trust me, for your peace of mind....laser it the way to go.
I completely understand where you are coming from when it comes to trying to lose weight and how hard it is.
I was diagnosed with PCOS several yeas ago. I was told that I would not be able to have children but surprise I got pergnant. Unfortunately I had a miscarrage and soon after found out I had cancer. I am happy to report that I am cancer free now but I am still dealing with PCOS and how hard it is to lose weight.
Last year I decided that I would do whatever it takes to lose the weight. I got tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a stranger. I have tried all kinds of diets and workouts. I joined a gym for a while, I did the HCG drops (before they came out with a report saying it messed with your heart), I have done almost all the fad diets, and I even did P90X for 90 days.
So far the only thing that worked for me was when I started walking last year. Like you, I do not eat poorly. I cook almost everyday and hardly ever eat any fast food. Well this year I hit a plateau and was not able to lose a pound. Can you imagine doing P90X and not lose a pound!! Well one day when out with a friend I met a young lady that was promoting a diet suppliment. I didn't pay her much attention until she told my friend that she had a friend with PCOS and it helped her lose weight. She had my attention...LOL. She gave me a sample and I tried it last week...I lost a couple of pounds so I bought a week trial off her.
I am starting the trial and will see how it goes. If it's for real and helps me even lose 3 lbs in that week then I will be happy to tell you all abou it.
A lot of people don't understand how hard it is for women like us to lose weight or how emotional it is for those of us that cannot have children. I'm glad there are places like this for us to connect.
Anyway, I'll keep in touch and let you know what my progress is. Wish me luck!
I am 43 and just diagnosed with PCOS. After having a CT scan for a whole other reason...the results came back showing that I have PCOS. So my doc told me about it and said well that explains why you have trouble losing weight and sent me along my way. No explanations or insight on what PCOS was all about. So I went home and did research online to find out what PCOS was all about. I had my third kid in 2011 and had many complication and also had gestational diabetes, was on bed rest from complications of polyhydramnios and was on Procardia for stopping pre term labor. After delivery I had a tubal ligation. Weight prior to pregnancy was 122lbs and at the end was 178lbs. Prior to pregnancy I was told I had cysts in my ovaries. Several years earlier when I was about 35 yrs old I noticed I gained 20lbs in one year. I went to my doc (same doc) to tell her this is crazy. I also have MVP and I am not supposed to gain all that weight as it will make my symptoms worse. So I struggled for years trying to lose this excess weight. Oh, btw I was about 102lbs before all the problems started. My doc said just diet and exercise. OK...I have always had a very healthy diet, eat very little and exercise a whole lot.. all of a sudden I am gaining weight from every angle! I thought I was losing my mind. I can't eat like a regular person, I can't eat desserts, I can't indulge in anything or else the weight just appears the very next morning! I used to go to the gym every day do cardio and weights. So doc said it was muscle weight. But I don't do bulk forming weight exercises! I was extremely frustrated. So over the years I have stuggled to lose any kind of weight. I watch my foods, take weight lose supplements, anything to just lose 1 pound and it is just impossible. I had to swim, do taebo and go to the gym plus practically starve myself before I finally drop 1 llb!. This is not a joke it is the most frustrating thing to deal with. I kept yo-yoing losing 1-2 lbs and gain 2-4 lbs. Anyway after my pregnancy I worked out so hard to lose the pregnancy weight. I did tapout, for the entire length and pushed myself so hard, I lost 4 lbs. My weight is down to 130lbs currently and for the past 6-7 months I keep yo-yoing from 130-132 lbs no matter what I do. I even tried zumba and zumba myself so hard and still no weight loss. I took saffron extract for 8 weeks: no loss. I took Mega T, weight loss supplements, cleansing stuff, even drink shakeology with a strict diet, did the 17 day diet for 2 months...wear sweat inducing rubber pants to sweat more...nothing is working. I am not on any medications. I was prediabetic after third pregnancy. But my A1c levels are just fine now. So my blood glucose is fine, I check it all the time at home as I am paranoid that my glucose levels my go out of whack but it hasn't, my BP is fine, my hormone levels are fine. I don't know what else to do. The set back for me is my MVP (mitral valve prolapse) with this weight I get worse symptoms ie. palpitations as weight gain = increase blood volume which is harder on my heart. I need to lose this weight to try and go back to at least 110lbs. I recently went back to the gym and started interval training and on a strict diet.. So far after two weeks, no weight loss. I just want to cry and scream. I found this blog and I felt better that I was not going insane about my problems. It is good to know that there are folks out here with PCOS having the same troubles. Is there a way for us to find the most successful regiment without feeling defeated each time. Starving is not a solution, and being on a restricted super ridiculous low cal diet is insanity especially with crazy workouts. Will some doctor or researcher out there please help us figure something out. I can't take Phentermine due to my heart condition. I should not have taken weight loss stuff but I was desperate. I've cut out caffeine, I drink green tea 1-2 times a day, I take a Shakeology drink make with unsweetened almond milk, and eat a small dinner with half chicken breast, allowed/recommended veges and no carbs or very tiny amount of carbs, lots of water throughout the day, minimal snacks, (seaweed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds). I don't eat fast food ie. burgers, fries etc. If someone offers I will just try 1 French fry. I hate this syndrome and I hate stepping on the scale as nothing seems to work and it seems almost hopeless. I feel like I am pushed to the brink and I am hanging on by my nails. Praying for good solution to fight this syndrome back. PS. I see a therapist also...it helps.. when the docs can't do anything or don't want to.
I just found out that I also have this dreaded PCOS. I have tried phentermine, no success with that. I have been on that before and it worked for me. Not this time. I bought some new scrubs and with in 2 months after buying them they no longer fit. I have gained at least 30 to 40 pounds in 3 months time. I eat veggies, fruit, drink water etc. I don't know what else to do. It is very frustrating. I will be 51 this month and i just want to stay inside and not go anywhere at all. My doctor just put me on metformin 500mg 2x's a day. I have also noticed real bad knee pain and am going to physical therapy for it. I just want to feel better. I am tired of the pain that comes with it.
Totally agree, I found this out after long research. I Don't eat anything white -breads, pastas, sugar and flour. I made my portions smaller and eat mainly clean, Once I started eating this way I lost 20 pounds in 2 months and several inches, went from a size 18-14. Now if I could just find a way to control the extra hair growth on my chin.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago.. I was told the same thing to lose weight, i admit it was not easy for me because i love eating but the my husband told me that he wanted to have a baby and that's when i started cutting all my food intake and taking muaythai session but i became depress because i haven't lost any pound over the years until this january a miracle happened to me, even though i eat alot im losing weight without trying to diet and muaythai.. I only walk, managing a business and sleep late and the people around me told me that im losing weight.. Then i went to an ob to check me and give me some medicines.. It helps me and now im 4 weeks and 6 days pregnant..
My gyno explained it to me that pcos is a never ending cycle we're fat because we have it and we have it because we're fat. She told me that is extremely hard for us to loose the weight even with strict diet and exercise. She put me on phentermine. I LOVE it! I lost 20 lbs fist month. The goal is about 8 lbs a month to keep it slow and steady. Also for the facial hair she gave me spirolactone >I'm sure my spelling of these medications are off< it is a water pill but it WORKS! These are my only 2 medications. No metformin and no BC. She believes once I get to my weight goal everything will level itself off and I won't need anything any more. Good luck.
I have a similar story, gained 2 1/2 stone in the last two years and my PCOS symptoms started at the same time??? Weird. Anyway over the last 3 months I have lost 23lbs by following the Slimming World lifestyle. Please don't cut out carbs, I really don't get why people do silly diets like that, you'll only put the weight back on you can't live like that! If you are serious about losing weight you need to cut out the bad fats, if I can do it you can :) good luck, my weight loss doesn't seem to be dropping off so quick now and I still have 50 day long cycles but it was worth a shot
Just like you, once I started gaining weight (out of the blue, no change in lifestyle) NO amount of diet an exercise would cause lasting weight loss. In fact, the more I exercised and the less I ate, I CONTINUED to gain weight. I was ill, at one point, and didn't eat for SEVEN DAYS! Didn't lose an ounce!!! I did that 'Insanity' program, and GAINED 2lbs. I went back to my previous diet & exercise routine, and lost 6lbs in one week.
That's when I realized HOW LOW my daily caloric intake has to be, for even diet/exercise/cinnamon to lead to weight loss.
It's said that women with PCOS have a BMR that is as much as 30% slower than would be expected. A woman my age and activity level is believed to have an average BMR of around 1,100 cal/day. It seems mine is closer to 800, and that's about right, if one were to believe the 30% deficit.
So, think about that. Most claims about the energy outputs of various activities are greatly exaggerated. Even if I did 300 cal. worth of exercise, and another couple of hundred calories worth of extraneous activities, that still only comes to around 1,300 cal/day. That's pretty tight.
I believe that's partly why I gained weight on 'Insanity'. I was eating healthy foods, but in the amounts proscribed in the plan, INCLUDING a sugary recovery drink, post exercise. When I stopped 'Insanity', I ate less, exercised less, and definitely cut out that sugary recovery drink. I lost almost a pound a day for the following 7 days.
I continue to lose weight, incrementally (well...isn't it always incrementally?). But it is so easy to stall. Too many carb's. Too many calories. I forget to take my cinnamon. I skip exercise one day.
Thankfully, since starting cinnamon and really cutting back on food volume (since I have been eating a very healthy, low-cal. diet for years, both before and during weight gain), I have maintained my weight loss. So, that is also encouraging. Every bit of weight loss I achieve, I seem to be able to maintain without extra effort.
Although my diet is wildly varied, here's a sample day:
Freshly-made green juice (collard greens, cilantro, bok choy, one kumato tomato, organic blueberries, organic strawberries, a couple of pineapple spears, and organic kale), plus a small kale salad (organic kale torn into small pieces, organic raspberries, 1/2 cup of fresh papaya chunks, a few slivers of fresh pineapple, 3-4 organic walnuts, all drizzled with a raspberry balsamic glaze), and a seed shot (a shot glass with 1/3 raw, organic sunflower seeds, 1/2 raw, organic pumpkin seeds, 1/6 organic sesame seeds) In all, it only takes about 10 min's to prepare this breakfast, which is why it's probably the most common for me. Cleaning the juicer takes about 20 min's, and has to be done immediately. That's the annoying part.
Steel cut oats with a splash of organic maple syrup (and/or fresh apple or raisins & cinnamon)' plus 2/3 a small glass of acai/pomegranate juice with 1/3 beet juice
2-3 Brazil nuts plus 100ml of low sodium tomato juice
PLUS 1,500mg of cinnamon (or less, if cinnamon in oatmeal)
1 Tbsp spicy hummus with 4 warmed, wholegrain mini (2") pitas
1 organic banana
1/2 cup of coconut almond-based yoghurt, or vanilla coconut-based yoghurt
1 cup edamame with 1/2 glass of grapefruit juice
Homemade coconut soup (organic vegetable broth, mini can of coconut milk, splash of lime juice, 2-4 organic mushrooms sliced, a few organic basil leaves, 1 cup chopped organic cauliflower, 1/3 cup fresh cilantro)
1 slice of wholegrain bread with blackstrap molasses, plus 1/2 glass of grapefruit juice
A cup of lemon green tea
1 cup of curry lentil soup plus 4 warmed wholegrain mini (2") pitas
Vegan vegetable & brown rice (or pasta) dish
Large kale salad with kumato tomatoes, fresh herbs, 4-5 nuts (walnut, almond, 2-3 Brazil nuts) with a balsamic or peppercorn dressing.
PLUS 1,500mg of cinnamon