How to lose weight with PCOS

The Facts:

The best way to lose weight fast with PCOS is to…

Get rid of or lower your insulin resistance so you can lose weight normally just like everyone else and there's 8 simple ways you can get rid of insulin resistance…

1. Eat right meaning…

2. Exercise meaning…

3. Lose Weight

4. Use supplements like…

5. Deal with Stress

6. Get more sleep (at least 7-to-9 hours)

7. Stop Smoking

8. Metformin

If you still can't lose weight with PCOS…

She lost 125 lbs. with PCOS…

I've lost 125 pounds in one year. It was hard to imagine I could ever do this! Your website rocks, and so do u! You really helped a LOT! It was exceptionally hard for me, being i have a metabolic disease called PCOS.
I am insulin resistant, meaning i produce to much insulin at a cellular level, and everything i ate, even salad turned to sugar, which then of course turned to FAT! BUT JUST FOLLOW WHAT ADRIAN SAYS EXACTLY, AND YOU TOO WILL LOOSE THE WEIGHT! IM LIVING PROOF!Lisa Liebergott-Council - Read her full story here


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LaVonne

hello. I've been showing signs and symptoms of PCOS for the past two years I was diagnosed shortly after this summer.when I finally consulted a doctor I weighed 317. I am 29 and 5 feet 10 inches. I was on metformin for a little bit but it was having adverse effects that I just couldn't deal with ,leg cramps and making me really really really tired. I am now down to 278 on a good day sometimes back up to 280 281. But I really just need set diet guidelines and exercise guidelines. Everything's chaotic all the time for me. I am a full time single parent to two children who are on the autism spectrum plus I'm a full time student and I work. I really need something laid out that I can fit into my world. I am not expecting easy and quick, just workable. If you can help me figure this out I would be so grateful. Thank you for your time.

February 26, 2015

Adrian Bryant

use this workout and this diet

they are very laid out and work well for people like you

February 26, 2015

Beckie Beckie

I am 24 years old, I'm 5'6" and weigh 224 lbs. For the past year and a half I have been dealing with weight gain. I had stopped getting the Depo Provera injection and ever since then my hormones and weight have been out of control. I gained 60 lbs in a year. I've been going to the gym 5 to 6 times per week and doing group classes such as yoga, spinning, zumba and total body training. I have lost 11 lbs since my highest weight but I seem to have plateaued and stopped losing weight. Since getting off of Depo Provera, and dealing with MANY specialists, my doctors have diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Pre-diabetes and Sleep Apnea. I am going to start taking Syeda birth control pills to help balance my hormones. This entire process has been a nightmare and I want to get to the bottom of this but nothing is working. Is there a special diet I should be following? Please help me.

February 25, 2015

Beckie Beckie

Also, I forgot to mention that MOST of my life I've stayed around 180 lbs give or take before Depo. I have went on and off diets but I need help with a daily plan. I clicked on the links that you have recommended to others but is there a day to day diet plan that guides you on what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between? Thank you.

February 25, 2015

Adrian Bryant

are you tracking the amount of calories you eat?

February 26, 2015

Beckie Beckie

I was with my fitness pal app but I found myself logging everything in the morning and then after lunch time I would stop logging or cheat and not log something. I also stopped adding my work outs in too. I need something that plans an entire days worth of food and something that is simple to stick to. Everyday it's the same thing. Good in the morning, bad at night. I need something that will keep me full the whole day.

February 27, 2015

Beckie Beckie

When I was tracking and doing well I was only eating 1,800 to 2,000 calories per day. Most of my weight feels like it's fluid retention. I always feel enormous after a work out and late at night right before bed. I take OTC omperazole daily and I'm supposed to start Syeda on Sunday.

February 27, 2015

Adrian Bryant

ask your doctor if those medications cause water weight gain but you need to track those cals so you can see HOW much to eat to lose weight and you also do this workout

February 28, 2015

Constance

I am 29 years old, I am 5"0 and weigh 340 pounds. I NEED HELP! I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20, but I was having problems long before then. For the most part I eat healthy however I often do not eat enough. I lost 20 pounds and then gained. Just last month I lost 17 pounds in 2 weeks no excersising then gained 5 within the next 2 weeks while exercising. I finally have normal cycle due to my bc. I'm not sure what to do! I quit eating fast food a month ago and haven't had fried food in years now. I don't have a problem eating healthy but I'm not sure if I'm eating the right thing. My weight is becoming a serious problem and my husband and I want children. What can I do?

February 25, 2015

Adrian Bryant

are you also keeping up with how much you eat as well? the drastic weight gains can only occur if you are overeating or taking something that is causing water weight gain

February 26, 2015

Constance

My issue is I do not eat enough. I have a scale and I also have a plate that I use to help with my portions. I only drink water and if I want flavor I have the zero calorie ICE sparkling water. I have gone days where I don't eat until 2pm and some days one meal a day. This is not on purpose but my schedule has been all over the place. That is something that I am working on. I am not sure if anything I am taking causes water weight gain.

February 26, 2015

Adrian Bryant

certain medications can cause water weight gain and of corse salty foods do also but doyou know your exaact calorie intake

February 26, 2015

Constance

According to myfitnesspal my goal is 2,180 calories daily most of my daily entries are between 1,100 and 1,500 calories a day some have been less.

February 27, 2015

Adrian Bryant

only 1500 cals AL should be losing weight so double-triplecheck that to make sure that is correct and also add a workout plan like this home workout

February 28, 2015

anonymous33

I am 5'4" and 34 yrs old. I am weighing in today at my heaviest at 327lbs. I have PCOS and im insulin resistant. I was diagnosed at 18 though i have been dealing with the signs and symptoms since i was 12yrs old (my first period).
I recently quit smoking.
i have a very low maintenance job.
i have tried medicine like metformin and birth control.
I have gone the holistic route, and took liquid tinctures from plants,etc.
I have tried so many diet plans, through a nuritionalist as well as a dietician.
My problem is, i can lose 20lbs...then its like i plateau. Then comes frustration followed by stress eating.
I cant run but i do participate in 5k walks. I dont have access to a gym.
Your advice?

February 10, 2015

rada

hi adrian
i am 28 n 5'.my wt is 80kg..i was diagnosed with pcos 3 yrs back. I have been overweight since my childhood but never unhealthy.now i want to become slim n pregnant.and one more i rarely eat junk ..i am on metformin for a while..please help me from depression.

February 10, 2015

Laila

Hi,

I've been overweight since I was almost 7 or 8 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14. I've been fighting my weight for years and have never been able to do it, My family/friends no longer take me seriously when I try to diet aswell.

I cant to intense work outs at the gym as my heart rate accelerates very fast and I faint, After fainting a few times at the gym, I visited a Cardiologist whom recommended that I do not do intensive workouts - which makes it even harder to lose weight.

Im 23 years old now, my height is 5'1" and Im 70 kgs. Im really sick of being this way and Im hoping you have a weight loss plan suited to me and my condition. What would you recommend? I'd like to get to 52 - 53 Kgs.

Thanks, I look forward to getting a reply from you.

February 07, 2015

Adrian Bryant

what diets have you tried in the past and as for working out... see this

February 08, 2015

Hur

Hey. I have the same issues. Try to do an hour of ONLY walking a day and replace one meal a day with a healthy low carb low sugar protein shake. I know it is SO SO difficult and SO frustrating for us nobody understands.

February 09, 2015

Priya

Hi,

I Have been diagonised with PCOS on November 2014 and my doc prescribed me Premence plus tablets for 3 months. I got my periods 12 days late which used to come around once in 2 months. Now my date was feb 1 bt i haven't still got it. I really want to lose weight. I weigh 58 kgs now. Pls help me with weight losing tips as i am really worried about PCOS.

My doc said she will prescribe me Metformin only when i want to get pregnant.

Pls help

February 05, 2015

Adrian Bryant

how tall are you

February 05, 2015

Priya

I am 5 feel 3 inch tall..

February 06, 2015

Adrian Bryant

use this plan

February 06, 2015

Alisha

Hi,

I really like your website because it gives me hope that I might be able to lose weight. My problem is that I have PCOS and lung issues. If I try running or exercising too much, my chest hurts so badly I often can't continue. Just a fifteen second "run" can cause me to breath heavily and my lungs will burn and I can't get air. So, I try walking for an hour a day, and my diet is very good. I'm gaining weight. I eat at least one to two servings of vegetables a day, mainly because it's winter right now. When the crops come on, I'll eat a lot more. I have extremely little sugar in my diet. The main source of sweet is from fruit with minimal added to cereals, and baked goods. I make my food from scratch and make sure to eat less than 1500 calories. SOmetimes, I eat 500-800 calories because I don't feel like I need more. I'm still gaining weight. I don't know. I'm at the end of my rope. I've gone to doctors and they just don't know. I'm on Metformin, and it helps me feel better but I'm not losing weight. I just don't know what to do any more. I thank you for any help you give me.

February 03, 2015

Adrian Bryant

how are you tracking calories and what is your curent weight and height?

February 04, 2015

Rachael marie

Would doing a sugar cleanse diet help?

January 21, 2015

Adrian Bryant

never heard of that diet

January 23, 2015

Natalie

I have type 1 diabetes and pcos I need help losing weight because I used to be curvy now I'm a little on the large size and I don't feel attractive please help me

January 06, 2015

Adrian Bryant

then use this workout and this diet

January 06, 2015

Amber B

I am 27, just got diagnosed with PCOS. I was at a very good weight just 20 pounds overweight at 18. I was working out every day. I trained with the National Guard, you can guess how intense that was. But I had no idea about PCOS so of course I wasn't on the special diet. I have had severe PCOS symptoms my entire life. I went through changes in my life that caused a lot of upsets in my body. I am now 303 pounds, only 5'4 i have lost 50 pounds but as I am finding with most PCOS patients I stress and put it back on. I know diets do not work. I will not look at this as such I am looking to make a permanent lifestyle change to resolve this conflict. A little about myself. I am not insulin resistant I eat very healthy, I have a severe intolerance to spinach and cabbage families. I am severely allergic to mold so tofu is out. I am not opposed to drinking only water for life. I work from home late hours. I recently picked up a new habit walking my 4 dogs until they are exhausted not me and I mean I walk them each separately. I found out I am very sensitive to chromium it makes my blood sugar drop dangerously low when I take it and eat healthy. I am not sure how to proceed from here. Can you advise or should I seek a Specialist (AKA Nutritionists advice) Also stress really effects my symptoms.

December 28, 2014

Adrian Bryant

I would further ask a specialist for your unique concerns but overall... weight loss is all about energy so in reality you are not fat or overweight you just have a lot of backup energy you need to use (get rid of) and you simply do that by eating less with a a href="http://www.nowloss.com/nowloss-diet.htm" >diet like this where you can eat whatever you like (but talk to a specialist about what foods are okay for you and also use this workout

December 29, 2014

Michele B

Do you think it is ok to take the vitamin Bs and the chromium if you are taking metformin?

December 22, 2014

Adrian Bryant

it probably is but im not a doctor so check with one to be sure it is okay

December 22, 2014

Alia

Hi Adrian,

I'd really love your advice on how to get the scales moving. I was diagnosed with PCOS 10 years ago (when I was 16, I am 26 now) I have been taking 1.5gms of Metformin for almost the entire ten year period, along with an androgen halting med(aldectone) I'm short - 5 ft 1inches, and weigh 68kgs (149pounds currently) and eat under 1200 calories daily. I lead an extremely healthy lifestyle- vegetarian, don't drink/smoke,cut out dairy two years ago,and pretty much workout 5/6 days a week for 1.5 hours daily (alternate everday between yoga,spinning,weight lifting and running at the gym) I struggle to make the scale move at all, have major belly bulge and want to get off the metformin as well. Would love your advice,. Below is a sample from my food dairy
breakfast- One apple, Spinach & blueberry smoothie and an omlette
Lunch- Kidney beans/lentils with brown rice
evening snack- a piece of date/dark chocolate + latte (with almond milk and no added sugar)
Dinner-noodle Veggie stir fry with Tofu (soba noodles are made with either buckwheat or multigrain)

I would be extremely grateful for any tips that you may have on such a case of PCOS and weight loss.
THanks in advance :)

December 11, 2014

Adrian Bryant

apply these rules to your workout or at least start using this workout here

December 12, 2014

sarah

I have just recently been diagnosed with PCOS but in the past have been following strict diets and exercising 4-5 times a week for 30 mins on the treadmill im 24 and a mother of a very active 2 1/2 yr old I have about 20kg atleast that I need to loose just to get back to a comfortable size but 30kg to get back to the weight I was before I had my daughter. I aslo have gall bladder problems and could possibly need them removed can someone please point me in the right direction

December 04, 2014

Adrian Bryant

use this workout and this diet to fit your busy schedule

December 05, 2014

MUNMUN

Hi

I am 29 and diagnosed with pcos i am taking myotol f 2 grm daily and also doing heavy workout in 6 days of a week ,But i am unable to loose weight ,kindly guide me with a good diet plan ,as i am also taking less food intake

November 25, 2014

Melanie

Hello there,

I really love your article but I am in desperate need of help. I was diagnoised with PCOS this summer and I have been working very hard to try and lose weight. As aresult, I placed myself on a very strict diet.

I eat the same thing every day:

Breakfast-
1cup oatmeal uncooked
1 cup green tea

Snack-
15 Almonds

Lunch-
1 cup of salad
1cup of chopped vegetables (cucumbers and tomatoes)
1 tbs dressing
4oz cooked chicken
15 almonds

Snack
15 Almonds

Dinner
1 cup of salad
1cup of chopped vegetables (cucumbers and tomatoes)
1 tbs dressing
4oz cooked chicken
15 almonds

Snack
15 almonds
1 cup of green tea

I make sure to measure everything exactly everyday.

As for exercise, I go boxing 5 days a week for 40 minutes at a gym.

So far, in the course of 5 months I have only lost 5 pounds and I have been taking 1,500 mg of Metforming. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

November 20, 2014

Adrian Bryant

first of all how many calories is al of that and it does not matter WHAT but how much you eat so see this

November 20, 2014

Jessica

I would bet you're close to your daily fat limit and 400+ calories with all those almonds. Salad dressing is usually full of not-so-good fat or sugar or both. Check your calories and find a snack other than just high cal almonds.

January 10, 2015

Hannah

You can't eat that many almonds they r packed full of calories cut the almonds you'll lose weight

January 28, 2015

Stephanie

I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 11. I'm now nearly 28. I've had great success with this diet in the past. Over the last year I put on 20 lbs. I recently got married and want to have a baby, so besides wanting to lose the weight I put on, I have been strictly following this diet for two weeks now. I also exercise at least three times per week (I did that before starting the diet). However, I have lost NOTHING so far and I am getting very discouraged. I weigh 145 lbs. and my ultimate goal is to get back to 125. I'm not in a hurry to do this, but I would have hoped that after two weeks of strict dieting and exercise that I would have lost something. I write down everything I eat and keep up with carbs, protein, calories, fat, sodium, etc. Any clue as to why the scale isn't moving?

October 29, 2014

Adrian Bryant

what is your calorie intake and describe your workout plan

October 29, 2014

Stephanie

My calorie intake is no more than 1200 a day. I log everything I eat. I do 20 to 25 minutes on the treadmill about 3 days a week. And I adjust the speed and incline every 2 minutes. In addition, I also use small weights for my arms three times a week. Two and a half weeks and nothing lost! Very discouraging.

October 31, 2014

Adrian Bryant

use these workout rules and are you sure your cal intake is less than 1200 or are you just writing down WHAT you eat and not HOW MUCH?

October 31, 2014

Stephanie

Again, I will say I am writing down EVERYTHING. Please don't say that I am doing or not doing something when I have already clarified. I asked advice, not to be treated like I'm an idiot. I write down WHAT, and HOW MUCH. That's what I mean when I say EVERYTHING. I NEVER go over 1200 and most of the time I am under that. I know how to count calories and carbs and protein. I've done it for years and stated that I had. I measure out and write down everything that goes into my body, including water intake. I've done all the normal stuff which is why I asked advice.

November 04, 2014

Adrian Bryant

How tall are you?

I'm not treating you like an idiot but usually in my experience with helping people lose weight when they claim 1200 and are not losing weight then something is off in the way they are getting that number. I just want you to be extra certain you are at 1200.

Have started using the workout rules I gave you? also looklook at these 12 tips here and DONT WORRY...

Me and you WILL figure this out and get you back to 125!! stay in touch

November 04, 2014

jyoti

hi

iam 31 facing PCOD since i was 14
I am super heavy, facial hair, dark skin, hypertension, diabetes, depression, thyroid and what not, and on top of that cant tolerate metformin!!!....but i still feel life is very beautiful and i will be free from all this one day....:-)

November 07, 2014

nikiya

Hi adrian i was diagnosed with pcos when I was 20 years old and I am now 23. My weight keeps going up and down and I was at my heaviest when I weighed 215 pounds. I went on a strict no carb diet and lost 10 pounds in two weeks since than I was able to maintain that weight which is 205 pounds. I recently tried the no carb diet again and I have been doing it for a week so far and haven't lost anything. I'm so depressed and frustrated because I mainly want to lose my belly because I have a lot of belly fat and I also want a bigger butt. It just seems like Im never going to get to that point because I have been trying to lose weight for a very long time but my weight just goes up and down. I never had a flat stomach since I was 13 and to everyone around me it looks like Im not trying but they don't know my struggle I need help badly.

October 27, 2014

Adrian Bryant

forget about the gimmicks and go back to the basics of counting calories or use this if you hate to count cals plus what about exercise? if not then heres a workout

October 28, 2014

Shannon

First I want to ask the guy who wrote this article if you can help me...
I'm 31 yrs old 247lbs. I was diagnosed September of 2014 at a weight of 266lbs. I've lost some weight since being diagnosed last month, however, I have noticed that I am feeling more tired and have very low energy. What can I do to increase my energy level to help burn fat off? I have some physical medical problems that don't allow me to exercise the way that I should. (Back is messed up and my knee has screws in it). Therefore, I'm unable to do running, jumping, and anything that has to do with laying on the floor on my back. Can you help me???

For those who are bashing about this article.. I personally feel that there is nothing wrong with how he has stated things. The truth is ugly...being fat or over weight is not pretty at all. The truth hurts and yes some individuals don't excersie the way they need or should. That is on them. He's simply giving good information to help us. If you can't handle it then move on and do what you've been doing already...if it was working for you you would not be here reading this article finding out ways to get rid of the extra weight now would you. Sorry not trying to be mean but it's the truth if you were happy with your weight you would not be reading this article looking for ways to shed lbs. So stop bashing a man who is trying to help individuals and be thankful he is trying to help...not many men would care to help women with PCOS because most have no clue or understanding of the condition. So again, thank you Sir for putting this information out there. I for one will be here to benefit from your positive efforts.

October 26, 2014

Kerri

I think it's hilarious that a man, who will never experience PCOS, that I also have not seen any documentation on his medical training, thinks he can possibly empathize with women, and tell them how to get rid of the extra weight it cause.

October 21, 2014

Adrian Bryant

did you see the lady who I helped at the end of this article?

October 22, 2014

MQ

Empathy is not segregated by gender. A person can emphasize with a another human struggling with their health even if they do not share the same malady. I don't see the author claiming to be a doctor, but instead gathering and distributing information that may be able to help people. Lots of the tips he has listed are supported by medical research and commonly suggested by physicians in treating pcos.

This comment is so ignorant, sincerely.

It's not about what is between your legs nor being able to identify with another humans struggle because of what is between your legs.
Human health is human health ffs.

The fact you made it into some gender bs is pretty sad.

October 23, 2014

nive

I was diagnosed with pcos in February... I checked for pcos because I missed my periods.and there was sudden increase in my weight in a month and half.. from 58 to 65...and the doctor put me on 250mg/twice a day...and I immediately got my periods after 15 days of starting metformin...and after six months I have lost only 1 and half kgs..and went to gynecologist ...she incresed my dosage to 1000 mg a day...but my brother(he is a doctor),he is not allowing me to take 1000mg a day...he wants me to take only 500 mg a day... And I jus hate how I look now..I was so good looking before this pcos...its like am depressed ....I am avoiding meet my friends because they ll make fun about me ..they way I look ...they ll make fun about my weight... One of my friends mom said she couldn't identify me...as I am Indian ,I couldn't avoid carbs completely..someone tell me ways to reduce my weight
P.S:sorry for my poor English

October 07, 2014

Adrian Bryant

are you tracking your calories now and what about exericse?

October 07, 2014

Ana

What do you think of intermittent fasting for insulain and pcos

September 03, 2014

Adrian Bryant

My unqualified opinion is that it should help people with PCOS

September 03, 2014

Hannah

Hello! So I am 18 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS about two years ago. My doctor put me on 2500 mg of metformin a day and I'm also on a new birth control as well. Since I was diagnosed, I have gained almost 20 pounds so now I am 5'3" and 180 pounds. I ride my bike about three miles every day uphill with no gears and I drink tons of water. I want to know what else I can do to lose weight and be healthy because I am absolutely lost and I feel like giving up on the goal to lose weight. I feel helpless!

July 21, 2014

Adrian Bryant

is the birth control contributing to your weight gain?

July 21, 2014

vikki

I feel the same way! I eat veggies like they're going out of style! ..I cut out the sweets except fruits..im extremely active..i keep losing the same 3 lbs just to gain back 6! all the damn time..i cant help but feel frustrated..im tired of being heavy..i can barely look at myself sometimes...im not sure of what else to do..and don't even get my started with the facial hair

August 12, 2014

esther

omg. i litreally go through the same thing everyday. i eat healthly. im a vegan too. i excerise and i have put on 25 pounds this year alone. im 19. i dont fit into any of my cloths. i litrelaly want to ccurl up in a ball and die because i hate my body so much. i used to be a perfect size and now im overweight. nohing i do helps i only put in weight

August 28, 2014

Hannah

The birth control definitely contributed to my weight gain but it's just so hard to lose. What do you suggest?

January 03, 2015

Adrian Bryant

I no very little about birth control but is there an alternative your doctor can issue that will not cause water weight gain?

January 03, 2015

Elle

Your tone and language comes off so hateful and degrading.There is no reason to relay the information in this manor. You can promote health and fitness without putting people who are overweight down.

I have PCOS. I do exercise and eat healthy and I am still 15 pounds heavier than I would like to be. I am not unhealthy. My blood pressure is consistently 110/60. My LDL and TG levels are very low and my HDL is well-above the ideal. My HA1C is normal. I still have difficulty losing weight and maintaining it.

I think you consider your tone and your phrasing when creating these posts. While the information is good, it shames people who aren't skinny which doesn't really help anyone.

Remember that skinny doesn't equal healthy.

Let's all be kind to one another and foster a community of acceptance and love. Weight loss is a long and difficult journey. Encouraging words will got a lot further than the phrases I've seen on your site.

"Skinny girls crave water like you crave soda"

I don't crave soda. I don't drink soda. I drink water, tea, and a little coffee. Don't assume all heavy set people make the same choices.

"...your ugly fat"
That is called fat shaming and doesn't benefit anyone. It only fosters self-hate and loathing.

Stop focusing on fat versus skinny and focus on healthy and feeling good no matter what size you are.

If women are visiting your site, it's because they are seeking change, so stop punishing them for their past and help them look toward their future.

June 29, 2014

Adrian Bryant

are you referring to this post?

The post is not meant to shame, demean or be hateful to anyone. It was written with the spirt of guiding people on giving them a blueprint of how to get thinner.

It was writtten in the same vein as "habits of succesful people", "how rich people make money" and etc.

there was no ill will here on my part but back to you and your last 15 pounds...

what exercises have you tried in the past and are you currently tracking your calories? lets both work together to figure this put and get those last 15 pounds off

June 30, 2014

Kendra

Are you aware that Adrian is also a product of his own website? Meaning that he was once a much bigger guy at one point. The context of the post was not to demean but to let the reader not be comfortable with that one thing that has created stress in their life; fat. It is ugly. There isn't anything pretty about it. If you took an opportunity to really look at his website, you will see that he addresses other reasons and issues that people have for their lack of being healthy. But it simply boils down to self will. I was fat once. I hated my fat but I was lazy. Simply put, I didn't want to put in the work to be healthy. When he promotes being skinny, he is simply meaning that if you are unhappy with how you look and you need to lose the weight, the skinnier version of you is what you should aim for. Whether you are 250 and only want to lose 20 lbs, if that is your new skinny, then so be it. I was just like you. I had PCOS, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, my good cholesterol was above average, I ate salads, starved myself and nothing seemed to work. I know how you feel. But coming to his website motivated me to use his tips. Now I am 44lbs lighter and full of muscle. I encourage you to not take what was written as an attack but a reason to be mad at the fat on you and plunge into something different that what has not already worked for you. I did and I am happy with the skinny me (not skinny by a long shot but smaller than the old me).

July 07, 2014

Dawn

Elle,

Are you sure you and I read the same article? I'm asking because I don't see the "fat shaming" or this so-called tone at all when I read it. I even re-read it after reading your post and I still don't detect what you are seeing.

In fact, I found the content thorough, informative, easy to understand, and encouraging.

I'm sorry, but I think he did a great job writing this , and it will help others I'm sure. I think maybe you are seeing things differently because of your own insecurities.

You talk about acceptance. His article isn't about appearances. People struggling with PCOS who are insulin resistant and overweight can see MANY of their symptoms improve if they lose weight, even just 5% of their total body weight. (Note how I said if they are overweight. Not everyone with PCOS is.)

He recognizes that it's harder for us with insulin resistance and gives a wonderful guide on how to actually accomplish weight loss.

His focus is on being healthy, NOT skinny.

Hope this helps you see it in the helpful and informative way the author intended it to be.

~Dawn

August 06, 2014

Emily G

Thanks for a great reply... I felt I was being yelled at & sick of being told about how fat I am!!! I'm trying hard too lose the weight, it's just not happening!!!!

September 04, 2014

rg

I have PCOS and 28 years old ,and have missed or irregular periods and my doctor prescribed me gonadil capsules for 3 months.

Whether it is beneficial for pcos.

June 25, 2014

Adrian Bryant

what did your doctor say?

June 25, 2014

Alison

"You're simply not losing weight because you're not exercising enough and/or you're eating too much so…"

You're simply a moron of you believe that. I eat under 1500 calories a day. Low carb high GI foods. I work out 6 days a week and I've lost like no weight. Please educate yourself on pcos.

June 18, 2014

Adrian Bryant

How are you tracking those calories and describe your workout to me a little more. Let's work together find a way to change "lost like no weight" to "Ive lost a lot of weight"

btw- what is your current weight and height?

June 18, 2014

Dawn

Alison,

As someone with PCOS and insulin resistance who has worked hard to lose weight, the writer is 100% correct. Check his facts. He is VERY educated on the subject matter.

You are either eating the wrong foods, too much, or not working out enough. When you say Low GI, what exactly are you eating?

Definitely cut out ALL breads, pastas, refined sugars, etc, including the paleo and gluten free versions of this food. Track your food and servings sizes in a food diary or on myfitnesspal. It's a FREE app.

What kind of carbs are you eating? How many times per day? You may be eating too many natural sugars. Cut back on your fruit, potatoes, and grain intake. You may need to cut out your dairy too.

You may want to see about getting on metformin. If you are eating right it will help you with your weight loss.

Stop being so defensive towards the writer and re-evaluate what you are doing. You need to tweak something you are doing, because if you were eating 100% Clean, enough calories, and working out, then yes, even with PCOS and insulin resistance, you WILL lose weight.

Track it in a diary to see where you need to adjust what you are doing.

August 06, 2014

vikki

same here, ive even upped my workout..i walk home which is about a mile from the train..i take the stairs..i eat 5 to 6 small meals a day..no rice..heck. I don't even eat toast anymore..im so confused..i scared if and when I get pregnant im gonna be a balloon

August 12, 2014

Kacy

Hi Adrian, I checked your website last year and I was diagnosed with PCOS after that. I lost 40 pounds in first 6 months, maintained (now I am 130lbs; 5'2") for last 6 months and I am trying to lose belly fat now. Thank you for dedicating one section on insulin resistance and PCOS. However, I do have one request about diet plan, esp. bananas and potato tips. It is not advisable to eat high instant starch food since its spike up the glucose level. This can be very dangerous for people with insulin resistance condition. Thank you!

June 11, 2014

Ivy

I agree. There's lots of God info here. However, I do avoid bananas and white potatoes like the plague. Both of them are high glycemic and produce high insulin levels, especially in those of us who are insulin resistant.

June 12, 2014

Brooke

A lot of good information here. I have PCOS. It took me 2 years of tweaking my exercise and diet to lose 40 lbs. (I refuse to take Metformin as I'm not trying to get pregnant) I did several different Beach Body workouts. I followed the exercise programs and recommended calorie content to the letter.

What I found was that I could not lose any weight unless I dropped my carb intake to 30-35% of my daily caloric intake. That was even while doing P90X.

So for some people who may "still not be losing weight" it could simply be because their carb intake is still too high (even if it is lower than 50%).

May 16, 2014

Becca

Forgot to mention that I was already diagnosed with dysmenorrhea at the age of 9 and I have had swelling problems with my ovaries since the age of 7 but the pcos didn't develop till I was around 16 and I was diagnosed at 18 after finally finding a doctor who knew what was going on.

April 27, 2014

Adrian Bryant

how many calories did you consume on those diets and describe your cardio

April 29, 2014

Becca

I was diagnosed with pcos two years ago and they put me on metformin as well as the birth control I was already on for my heavy periods and to have a period when they stopped from the pcos..the metformin made me gain over 30lbs in less than a month and made my pcos worse now I also have irritable bowel syndrome and the Starches irritate and bloat my bowels and every day for two years I've been doing the same diet and exercise as my mom (eating healthy and doing a lot of cardio and resistance exercises) but still couldn't lose weight when my mom lost weight I would gain doing the same things..now I'm eating less of the foods that irritate my intestines and still exercising but my weight (currently 220) remains the same it won't go down and I am currently on vitamin D for a deficiency and primrose oil for my hormones but what else is there to help me lose weight with the pcos???

April 27, 2014

Susan

Hi. The only way you are going to lose weight and feel better is to give up wheat, dairy and sugar. I am completely gluten free and have lost a lot of weight. I also try to combine the Paleo Diet with the Gluten Free Diet. There are a lot of really good cookbooks out there for recipes and you don't have to make this difficult to deal with (work out a good plan for yourself that is budget friendly for your needs). I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 25 yrs. old and started to gain weight for every year that passed. The only thing that helped me (other than diet) was a complete hysterectomy a few years ago. It got rid of most of my symptoms but I still have to watch every thing I eat. Exercise is the other thing you MUST commit yourself to....it doesn't have to be workouts at a gym...just walking for 30 mins. a day will help a lot. Hope that this info helps!!!

May 02, 2014

T. Smith

Please do not spread your gluten-free pseudoscience drivel on a website meant to help people with actual facts.

June 21, 2014

Tiffany

Amen!

July 06, 2014

Jay

She's actually right. The gluten makes insulin resistance worse, along with milk which is high in oestrogen, and makes you produce more insulin. More insulin, more fat gain. I went gluten and dairy free and dropped 35lbs in 6 weeks- I kid you not. I ate healthy carbs like New potatoes (low gi) sweet potatoes with protein (to lower glycemic load). I was super surprised. Ive since put on weight because they found a massive cyst they had to remove (I was bed bound for a very long time), but now it's been 6 weeks of exercising and i've pretty much emulated my last results by doing it all over again. Do some reading. Science said the world was flat once, remember.

July 23, 2014

Dawn

When they say "gluten free", they don't mean Gluten Free pasta and Gluten Free bread. The easiest way to cut the gluten is to cut the processed foods.

Eat more natural. Proteins, fruits, veggies, some nuts, healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil.

It's not pseudoscience. During the 18th century when people needed to lose weight, the doctors told them to cut back on the processed carbs like breads, cakes, pastas, etc.

Don't let the term "gluten-free" become the same as "fat free/low fat" or "sugar free". Celery is naturally gluten free. So is chicken, steak, nitrate free bacon, salmon, shrimp, potatoes, apples, berries, almonds, etc.

If it comes from a box, don't eat it! Whether it says paleo, gluten free, sugar free, whatever. The boxed/pre-packaged food is the problem.

August 06, 2014

shikha verma

hi,
i m an married indian girl 26 years old.i have been diagonsed wid pcos 9 years back.at that tym my weight was 45 kg but after starting my treatment it goes to 70 kg nw.i m taking glychiphage,dub5, trazer f .i m trying to conceive from last 2 years but..,doc advised me to losse weight but it seems to be impossible for me. wat shud i do.jus fed uppp!!!!!!

March 24, 2014

Ixi

Hi, I am 30 years old and I have PCOS and arthritis so I have troubles working out because of pain in my joints I have 60 kg but it is too much for my high (160 cm) but everything goes to my belly fat. I am trying to loose weight but I have so much troubles because of PCOS, I lost 4 kg but it stopped on 60 kg, also I am vegetarian and on 80% on raw food diet, so I don't know what I should do anymore to loose weight.

February 18, 2014

Adrian Bryant

does a bike or eliptical hurt your joints

February 19, 2014

Durga Devi

Hello,
I have been diagnosed PCOS 4 years back. I use to get my periods 2 or 4 months once. I was taking English medicine for more than a year as the doctor was saying that it will be cured only if I take for more than 6 months or 1 year. But I didn't see any improvement.I stopped taking 1medicine.then my periods stopped completely and my weight increased nearly 6 kgs. Then I started taking ayurvedic medicine for nearly 2 years. I found little improvement. But it is almost 4 years with my treatment, didn't find any good sign of curing it. Still not getting periods at all. Now I lost hope in both medicines. Want to mention, now I am taking somewhat proper diet and exercise which both are very difficult to follow. Can you please help me to get rid off this? This giving mental pressure and I feel very frustrated with this.

Thank you

February 17, 2014

Adrian Bryant

use this workout and this diet to get on the right track

February 17, 2014

prini

i have been diagonised with pcos..whenever i miss my periods ,i gain weight..once i gained 6-8 kgs in a month and half..i was in pretty good shape before..now i missed my period agin and gained a kg..so i went for a checkup and found i have pcos..nw i have totally gained 9kg in 7 month..my height is 5'6 and i weigh 65..nw i have been prescribed with only 500 mg metformin once a day for 6 monthss..i have no side effects as everyone says..i have been takin it for d past 4 days..will metformin work for me?m so scared....as i m a indian we can never avoid rice...i have reduced the intake..and doing zumba half an hour...and will metformin work for me with such low dosage?

March 04, 2014

adrian bryant

you'll have to consult your doctor on metaformin

March 05, 2014

Brittanie T

Ok. So I have PCOS and IR and am on 2000 mg Metformin. I gained about 70 pounds in under 6 months. I workout 5 days a week, count calories ( I Try to stay at about 1200) I try and eat good most of the time. I can't lose any weight. I don't know what to do anymore. I maintain my weight but my belly just keeps getting bigger. I am so done with this! Does any one know of anything else I can do? I will try just about anything.

February 15, 2014


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