after doing paleo for a while, does your insulin regulation get better (i have pcos)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Probably a basic question, but... I have PCOS (insulin/testosteron issues) and just lost about 17 pounds in a few months. I think i've cheated once in the past 6 months by having a breakfast croissant.

For some reason, probably becasue I'm going to get my period, today my bosy just NEEDED chocolate. I didnt have any of the unsweetend stuff on hand so I went to my office store and got dark chocolate - had 25 grams of carbs. That is a lot for me, I usually stay under 20 a day. All those carbs came from SUGAR (i also never eat real sugar, usually stevia or truvia). I had already been full from the protein, I had just eaten, it was just chocolate my body was sceaming for.

It was a rare cheat and I know i need to be better prepared in the future by bringing in my own stash :)

I'm wondering should I expect to gain 3 pounds now?! or is my insulin uptake probably more regular now that I've been doing paleo for 6 months? I get my period regularly now thanks to Paleo.. I wont cheat again, but I wonder if the aftershock of this will be less than it would have been pre-paleo...



on February 09, 2012
at 08:20 PM

You have a lot more self control than I do, well done. If you are having regular periods now, I believe that is a sign that insulin sensitivity is improving. You'll be ok, and the hormone ratio premenstrually supposedly offers some protection against the increased caloric/carb intake (i.e. chocolate) women are often driven to seek.



on February 09, 2012
at 07:53 PM

I lost body fat over the holidays despite eating a lot of sugary treats. If your metabolism is now good, there probably won't be bad consequences.

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on February 18, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Congrats on your achievements!

It is normal to gain weight after increasing your sugar intake but be aware that a large proportion of this weight will be water weight. A one time 25 g of extra carbs shouldn't set you back too much in your progress.

Go back to your clean diet and your weight should slowly go back to where it was and you will continue losing (if that is your goal).

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