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pcos and unrealistic expectations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2012 at 2:48 AM

I've had pcos since I was 13 years old. I've seen a specialist in which he told me I would always struggle with weight fluctuation even if I exercise and eat healthily. I would have to work 10x harder than other people to acheive the goals I want. I am trying to get my abs to show more and it's reaaalllly difficult. He said I have unrealistic expecations of myself. I have my upper abs showing but my lower abs and obliques don't seem to want to lean out. Since going Paleo i've noticed more consistency in blood sugar and maintenance of weight. Maybe I need to be more patient and keep lifting. Anyone else have pcos and have a figure competitor stomach? ( my goal ) People have said I am too hard on myself but if it's not impossible than why not keep striving toward my goal?

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on July 24, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I was talk about being neurotic in general no low body fat. Read the answer fully before you try to lecture someone.

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on July 24, 2012
at 04:01 PM

"hasn't hurt me a bit"- going super low body fat for women can put their fertility in total jeopardy, so yeah, it can "hurt her a bit". Also dangerous for bone health, at any age.

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on July 24, 2012
at 06:57 AM

hey thanks, i saw that vid posted in another question about pcos and have it open in another tab to watch when i am not up in the middle of the night with insomnia. haha, thanks! and to the OP, here it is for you if you are interested! http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=I0WOqaTTzaI&feature=autoshare&nomobile=1

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Dr. Michael Fox of Florida is your man. He knows how to restore your fertility, help you drop your weight, and have a baby if you want it. Seriously. You can see a video of him on Eenfeldt's blog.

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on July 24, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Yes, I don't think you're being terribly realistic, because MOST women can't pull off the kind of tummy you're thinking of. Go google pictures of athletic female celebrities who have $$ trainers and relatively hard bodies - even they don't have cut abs when they're not airbrushed. Strive all you want to, but don't do it if it makes you miserable. And I've got to ask - what makes this worth it? My knee jerk reaction is to think wanting those abs could be (note, I said could, not is, I don't know you!) hollow and an indicator of a lack of self-love. Why not focus on a new lifting PR or learning a new sport or doing something else amazing WITH that body? An aesthetic is just that. Why not aspire to an experience?

FWIW, I had PCOS. I know where you're coming from. I'm a verrrry fuel efficient engine.

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:54 PM

I know this isn't the type of answer you are looking for but I just want to chime in and say that I have gotten very lean in the past and it seriously screwed up my hormones (I don't have PCOS--at least not that I know of). My cycles still aren't that great over a year later. And now I'm having fertility issues. I can't say for sure that those are related to the previous low body fat, but I am sure that it didn't help things.

You might not be concerned with your fertility, but trying to reach such an extreme aesthetic goal--especially when you already have hormone issues--just seems like playing with fire to me.

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I am 43 and have had pcis all my life. I have always struggled with my weight and been as High as 275. I started paleo and Crossfit in march. With 6 weeks I'd lost 10 inches on waist and hips and dropped 25 lbs. now I'm down to 138 and size 6. Never thought I'd be lower than 165. It just fell off!

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E6c676dcd53d2fceffb4533ac47cefd5

on July 24, 2012
at 03:06 AM

i have pcos and have never been able to drop to very low body fat. i can always seem to carve out my upper abs and still have a pooch on the lower half. also hard to drop the booty meat. but guess what? my boobs totally deflate. hot. i'd like to hear some success stories. even dr bernstein gives no hope to us pcos ladies.

3cdc762b2ae30b4ca3529f011ccac174

(186)

on July 24, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Dr. Michael Fox of Florida is your man. He knows how to restore your fertility, help you drop your weight, and have a baby if you want it. Seriously. You can see a video of him on Eenfeldt's blog.

E6c676dcd53d2fceffb4533ac47cefd5

on July 24, 2012
at 06:57 AM

hey thanks, i saw that vid posted in another question about pcos and have it open in another tab to watch when i am not up in the middle of the night with insomnia. haha, thanks! and to the OP, here it is for you if you are interested! http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=I0WOqaTTzaI&feature=autoshare&nomobile=1

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on July 24, 2012
at 06:09 AM

Peggy the Primal Parent kicked her PCOS with an uber strict (but effective!) diet. She also has a few pics of her-no body fat on that chick.

Screw what "everyone else" thinks. It's your life and body and even if one is a bit neurotic that's ok too. I dare you to find one person with any goals at all that isn't at least a bit neurotic about one of them.

Anyone who says they aren't is a damn liar. Im neurotic as hell-hasn't hurt me a bit.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on July 24, 2012
at 04:01 PM

"hasn't hurt me a bit"- going super low body fat for women can put their fertility in total jeopardy, so yeah, it can "hurt her a bit". Also dangerous for bone health, at any age.

3dd59bff899261860c0bdaae8540cc70

(636)

on July 24, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I was talk about being neurotic in general no low body fat. Read the answer fully before you try to lecture someone.

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