Advice for Losing Weight?

When I was younger I was a tiny child. As I grew older, teenage years, I started gaining weight. I took up karate and never lost a pound. When I was 19 I found out I had PCOS. That's when I was told that it would be hard for me to lose weight. So I became determined. I cut out all but 20 carbs a day and lost a lot of weight. I ended up pregnant. I don't regret that. It's been 12 years and no matter how many carbs I cut out I can't lose the weight.


Before I get hate, please know I go to the gym 5 times a week and I eat clean. I only drink water and on rare occasions a Monster Zero. What am I doing wrong? I am on Metformin for the PCOS. I don't want to lose weight so I can have more kids. I'm too old for that, lol. I just want to lose the weight and be healthier for myself and my family. Any and all help is appreciated.

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November 12, 20190 found this helpful

This is definitely a question for your doctor. PCOS is a rough illness yes, it definitely affects how people lose/gain weight.

Everyone is different and without knowing your entire medical history, I would not give (NOR SHOULD YOU TAKE) any online advice on what to do.



There are just to many variables and if you have other things going on, like Thyroid issues or auto immune diseases, you could end up having all kinds of other issues if you followed something told you worked for them.

Once you get a full work up and plan from your doctor, you may want to join a PCOS support group and find some buddies who you can reach out to for support (NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, BUT EMOTIONAL SUPPORT).

There are many out there including those on Facebook.

I feel for you..many years ago, I was worked up for extensively for PCOS and it was finally decided I did not have it, but they never figured out what my problem was. At least you have a diagnosis. Sometimes that in itself is half the battle!

I will send up many prayers for you for positive solutions!! Post back with updates!


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November 12, 20190 found this helpful

You need a doctor to check your hormone levels. If you are out of balance that may be why you cannot lose weight.


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November 12, 20190 found this helpful

These are questions for a Doctor! There may be some under lying problem that is doing this to you. And after all of these years,please get the right answer from a professional!

November 12, 20190 found this helpful

I recently was told that I need knee replacement surgery in both knees. The surgeon said he would not do the surgery until I lost 25 lbs. I agreed. He did give me a diet that he said he gives all of his patients that need to lose weight and it seems to be working as long as you do it right.


It's considered a rapid weight loss program and should only be used as a kick off for weight loss. Be smart : )
First 6 weeks:
Any meat, veggie and fruit that isn't processed such as bacon.
Cook with water, spray oil, butter, oil,etc.
No processed foods
No Beans No potatoes
I found out that corn tortillas are ok but Not flour
Drinks-water, any sparkling flavored water, but without Any kind of sweetener
Coffee, tea, 1/2 N 1/2 or cream is also ok but no sweetner
Lunch meats are acceptable as long as they are 'natural', not processed with all that stuff like nitrates
The Second 6 weeks-
Same as above but you can add a bit of something processed

Tips for all 12 weeks-
You can pretty much eat anything as long as it's not processed during the first 6 adding small amounts of processed (or none) the second 6


Calorie restriction is important. You will still lose even it you don't exercise at all, it will just take longer
Eat small meals and eat often
Have rescue snacks available at all times so you won't be tempted to eat something you should not. Keep on hand small apples, proper precooked meats, nuts, applesauce cup, even rabbit food
Salad dressings are ok as long as you can see through them such as Italian, raspberry
Continue with no beans, or potatoes
No desserts
But My dessert is a chopped sweet apple peeled or unpeeled with a bit of butter and cinnamon and cook in microwave for about 2 1/2-3 minutes
Juice is ok in very limited quantities as they are high in natural sugars and therefore calories
Very limited alcohol

I'm on my third week and it is not as hard as I thought it would be. I cannot exercise so it is coming off slow currently at 6 lbs which is 2 lbs per week


Good Luck
Along with this program I am using MyFitnessPal to help me keep an eye on calories


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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

My adopted daughter is a nurse and she has been fighting this issue for years. You are doing everything right and nothing wrong. I would actually talk with your doctor and see if there is anything they can give you to help with this issue. There might be another drug you can take to replace the one you are taking now. It seems like you have been taking this drug for a long time and you have lost weight on it before. After having a child your body changes and maybe it is time to change the drug they are giving you.


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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

It sounds like you are doing everything you possibly can and it's a hormonal imbalance. I'd ask the doctor for sure.


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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

I do not know your body type, but I suggest you research Cushings Syndrome, and Cushings Disease. Do any of the symptoms fit?


It is not well known, but often misdiagnosed as PCOS. It is also possible to have Cushings and PCOS.


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