Hi, everyone. I'm so glad to find this forum. I'm just starting out on this PCOS journey, and I am a little lost.
I was diagnosed with PCOS in June. Symptoms: 3 heavy periods/year, "pearl necklace" cysts in ultrasound, rapid weight gain in last 2 years, increased facial hair/acne.
I was tested for insulin resistance, but my fasting insulin bloodwork came back at a 4, which is a great number. I was on day 10 of SouthBeach at the point of the test (duh moment for me, and I didn't mention it to my dr. at the time, so it isn't her fault. :0) )
I lost 10 pounds on the first 2 weeks of Southbeach, which was thrilling! But I completely stalled out after that, even though I followed the plan, even continuing the induction phase one more week.
So my obgyn put me on metformin, 500 mg. 1x/day, and I lost 2.5 pounds that first week. Another thrilling moment, because with as cautious as I am being with my diet, it is so nice to FINALLY see some movement on the scale.
But here we are, 3 weeks later, with my weight yo-yoing up and down around that 12 pound marker. I just can't peel off the fat!
Exercise: I walk on the treadmill 30 minutes, 3x/week. Not a lot, but more than I used to.
My diet: I am following South Beach, except more strictly. I do not eat any grains (no brown rice, bread, quinoa, pastas, etc.) or hi gi foods. I eat one serving of fruit per day. Coffee is my vice, but I only add a dash of cream (real, not powdered) and some carb-free flavoring if the mood strikes. 3 cups a day. No sweets, nothing. I don't know what else to cut.
Any advice? I would be thrilled with a .5#/week progress, even! If it would just go downward even a little, it would make this lifestyle/diet change feel worth the extra effort. I will do anything at this point to get things going.