PCOS, Weight Loss, and Fad Diets

I find that many people these days are looking for a quick fix. We are all hoping there is a magic diet, pill, or drink that is going to make us lose weight over night. It’s impossible to go onto any style of social media without seeing some form of smoothie or wrap that is promising instant weight loss. And for some reason, we actually fall into their trap. I am no exception to this. I have tried just about every low carb, meat free, liquid only diet that is out there. They may have helped me lose a few pounds temporarily, but as soon as I go back to my normal life style the weight comes back on. In my opinion, most of the diets are unattainable long-term. We all wish that there was an easy way out, but let’s be real.. We didn’t gain this weight over night, and it would be foolish for us to think we are going to lose it over night. The best diet you could ever go on, is to JUST EAT WHOLE FOODS.

One of my biggest pet peeves about weight loss and dieting (on social media) is the promotion of unhealthy foods… as healthy foods. As someone who used to count calories, and a follower of SEVERAL people on Instagram who counts calories, I see this all too often. If you are eating a reduced calorie diet to lose weight, you are obviously going to be attracted to the foods with fewer calories. This means you ultimately get to eat more. But eating/drinking 0 calorie, 0 sugar, low-fat foods is probably NEVER a better option. Yes, you can subtract zero calories for your Large coffee with six shots of sugar-free caramel flavor, but do you really think the chemicals in the sugar substitute is a healthier option? It may look better in MyFitnessPal, but I’m sure your body would prefer some agave nectar that has calories, or better yet plain green tea? My issue with this, is that people are going to be more drawn to the chemical filled, low-calorie foods, instead of eating a snack with whole foods and higher calories, IE. Avocado toast. And unfortunately these online “models” have a huge fan base of people looking to copy what they did to lose the weight. Again, just eat clean! There is no secret!

I am a member of many PCOS support groups on Facebook. This is a place where women struggling with the horrible endocrine disorder can go to support each other, and to educate others with their own experiences. One of the most common questions I see posted on these pages is “what kind of diet will make me lose weight with PCOS?” This is when the fad diet rambling begins. Yes, I know that we are a special case with insulin resistance and the (much too) easy weight gain. But I am convinced that our diet needs to be no different from anyone else, with or without PCOS. If we eat whole, clean, foods, cut out most sugar, consume low-fat meats (cutting out most red), make sure we get our daily dose of water, and exercise several times a week, are we not going to see results? Yes, women with PCOS should watch their carb and sugar intake, but shouldn’t everyone? In my opinion there is no Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diet. There is just healthy living.

I know how hard it is to lose weight. And I know we all WISH that there was something we could do to speed the process up, but unfortunately the best results I have seen for myself, is to just eat clean. We are all different, and every single body reacts to certain things differently. We just need to find what works best for us, and to focus on living as healthy of a life as we possibly can.

Although I am NO WHERE near perfect, I have made a lot of progress with my healthy lifestyle changes. I am just short of 40 pounds down, and working towards the last 27 pounds the best that I can. I decided to share one recipe a month (starting in January) that is PCOS friendly, and has helped me on my journey so far. Feel free to share YOUR favorite recipes or snacks that have helped you along the way! I am always learning and love communicating with fellow weight-loss friends!

Cyster Love,

Heather

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Hello! My name is Heather, and I am a 30 something year old looking to share my experiences through PCOS, Infertility, and my journey to Self Love.

12 thoughts on “PCOS, Weight Loss, and Fad Diets

  1. Congratulations on the weight loss πŸ™‚ I love this post it is so true. I also have PCOS as well as diabetes so I to was always looking for the quick fix solution. After seeing a dietitian I found what you just said is so true. Eat! whole foods. I wasn’t eating enough being on all the fad diets which was causing me to actually gain weight. Now I eat something every two hours and it regulates my sugar plus helps me lose weight. It’s all about eating the right things. Boiled eggs, then two hours latter, and apple, then a yogurt, then a giant salad with salmon, then a protein bar, etc. Learn to make healthy choices has helped me loose 35lbs and still going πŸ™‚ Thank you for writing this I found it very encouraging.

    1. Yes you are so right!! My most recent visit with a nutritionist I was complaining that I seem to be stuck.. she said I actually needed to UP my calorie intake… OK sounds good to me! lol Congrats on your massive weight loss! You are doing great! Keep up the good work, I know how hard it can be! πŸ™‚

  2. I definitely agree with this, and I love that you’re bringing attention to this. So many of us with PCOS are desperate to lose the weight, and we sometimes forget that the weight is a byproduct of the hormone issues. I used Whole30 (whole foods only) to treat my hormone issues/insulin resistance and it changed everything for me. I’m still not at my goal weight, but I don’t care. The weight I’ve lost has stayed off, I’ve developed healthier habits, and I’ve resumed ovulating on my own. I am a total believer in how a good diet (rather than dieting) makes a difference.

    1. Yes absolutely! And good for you! It’s so important for us to realize it’s all about being healthy, and not about fitting into a size zero jeans. Quick fixes are just that.. you will drop weight quickly.. but it wont last! and being skinny doesn’t always mean being healthy! Congrats on gaining your healthy habits, and new lifestyle. you’re doing wonderful!!

  3. Love this!! I have seen such a difference in my health just by eating real, whole foods. I agree, fad diets don’t work, and counting calories is really stressful, and a dangerous habit to get in to. Great post! Looking forward to your recipes. πŸ™‚

    1. Amazing!!! Great job! Don’t you just feel awesome? Losing weight with pcos is so hard, but SO worth the fight! Congratulations on your huge milestone! <3

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