Hi (hopefully) friends,
I am a 32 yo mother of 3. So to to make a long story short, I have been recently diagnosed with PCOS by a naturopath after the traditional medical community failed to help me. She is suggesting a paleo lifestyle change, along with some key supplements to address my specific nutrition/hormonal needs. I have been trying to switch my diet over, which is INCREDIBLY hard, because I have 3 littles to care for daily and very low energy (one of my initial complaints that brought me to the doctor). I find paleo to be very time-consuming to execute, but I feel I've made pretty good strides over the last couple of weeks. To me it's been a drastic change, and I am hoping it will feel more like a routine as time goes on, rather than a never ending chore.
Anyways, I am excited that my mood has stabilized and my acne has almost completely stopped!! This is truly a miracle, because I've been dealing with it off and on since my early 20's, with severe acne of late. My question comes in with regards to weight loss. I am a good 50 pounds over weight since having my last munchkin. I have gained significant weight in my past pregnancies and shed it at will (running, better eating habits). Now it will not budge. I was hoping this new paleo lifestyle would help me start a weight loss journey, but it ain't happening. I have read of people losing weight the first day, and here I am over 14 days in, and NOTHING. Am I expecting too much too soon? Is there some kind of muscle building period? Sorry, I know this may be vague. I just wondered if anyone could relate or offer some encouragement. I know changes are happening due to my mood and acne improvements. I am so ready for the weight loss part.
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on December 12, 2014
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on December 11, 2014
at 11:17 AM
I don't know very much about PCOS other than it is caused by hormone inbalances and could be fixed through diet. I did run across a paleo blogger by the nickname Paleo Pepper who has cured herself through paleo who might be able to provide info. You can find her here: http://paleopepper.com/pcos/
In any diet, if you see crazy results in the first week it's due to water weight. Each molecule of glucose we have running around our systems holds on to 4 of water. Cut out the carbs, and the water goes, as does quite a lot of weight. That's not fat loss and that won't help in the long term. It's just bad advertising.
It can take several months of a clean diet to see lasting changes, but the good news is that it's not just in fat loss, but all sorts of health problems go away.
Similarly gaining muscle is likely happening, and you may even see an increase in weight as this happens, but this is a good thing. As muscle is denser in volume than fat you wouldn't notice much of a change.
Part of the trouble is that your weight will fluctuate +/-5LBS via water. So if you measure every day, you won't notice small changes such as 1LBS/week, which is a very fast fat loss by any diet. If anything you'd want to ignore the scale, except once a week or once a month, and look at it over a long term.
You shouldn't rely on your bathroom scale as an indicator of progress. A tape measure or fat loss calipers and some math would be better. While they're wildly inacurate, a fat loss scale can help if you're careful to measure at the same time, in the morning, while well hydrated. These things measure percentage of body fat, muscle, water, and bone.
It took you several years to gain all that weight, it's not going to go away overnight. Stick with it, and in a year you'll be amazed at the results.