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I am losing weight but girlfriend is gaining, has PCOS, is Paleo not for her?

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Created January 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Hello all,

I am consistently losing weight, we've been on paleo for about 3-4 weeks. But my girlfriend has polycystic ovary syndrome and she is not losing weight and mostly gaining weight.

My question is, is PCOS and paleo not going to work? Fatty foods is bad for the blood sugar levels and even though we're eating good/lean meat she's still gaining. Any tips for her diet to stay on paleo with me?

Paleo has drastically changed the way I eat and the way that I cook. I don't think I can look back now.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:53 PM

2/2 However, when you cut out crap food, you are singularly left with a lot of healthy, fatty foods - some okay, and some **awesomely** healthy. For what meats to eat: ruminants (four-legged grass eaters) include beef, lamb, goat - eat this everyday; fish, especially small fish and cold water fish - eat this 3 times a week to everyday; birds (chicken, duck, quail, etc) or pork eat 1-2 times a week. **Avoid**: cold cuts, and any preserved meat with nitrates; yes, this means that bacon is just fine to eat, but make sure it's "uncured".

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on January 18, 2013
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1/2 Common misconception! (And that's okay). For a normal, SAD eater, saying "Stop eating fatty foods!" will overall (likely) yield a positive result, because it means no donuts, no fried dough, no pizzas, no pasta with alfredo sauce, no triple cheeseburgers from McD's.

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on January 18, 2013
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I was going off of what the WebMD PCOS article says, they didn't go into detail about what their definition of "fatty foods" was so I was just assuming they were speaking of meats. We definitely aren't deep frying anything anymore :) Portion size is definitely something we need to change, she actually brought this up last night. We've been splitting things pretty evenly but that will stop tonight.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:06 PM

Hi Ben!

I also have PCOS along with endometriosis. I've been paleo for a year and it's been the best thing I've ever done for my body. I'm a whole new person! However, I didn't lose huge amounts of weight on the diet, but I have had shift in body composition. I've also experienced basically all my symptoms from both diseases (which I had two surgeries for and was "lining up for a third") have disappeared. My health is back!

I want to make something clear about fat. This diet focuses on saturated fat. We have been mislead for decades, being told that saturated fat is bad. This is not so!! It's great (as backwards that may sound to our brainwashed western minds!) it's essential that we eat it, and it's essential that we stay away from industrial seed oils. So it's down to the KIND of fatty foods your girlfriend eats. You can certainly fry, but make sure it's in saturated fat!

Personally, I think your lady should have a look into doing Jack Kruse's leptin reset. We did it last year before going paleo and it is so incredible. I lost 5kg and my husband lost 15kg. For me it was more about getting my health back (it was in tatters!) This would be great for her PCOS and all those stubborn symptoms. Here's the link http://www.jackkruse.com/easy-start-guide/

Lastly, two things for her to consider. 1. What is her exercise like? There should be a far amount of heavy lifting! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/action-item-4-exercise-primally-move-lift-and-sprint/#axzz2II1SwfXg and 2. Gut health. This is hugely important for overall health and for weight loss. Have a read here: http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut In my mind, once your health falls into place, your body composition and fat will change too.

So yes, paleo is fabulous for PCOS and no, fatty foods do not have a negative effect on blood sugar-quite the opposite. She should focus on fat and moderate protein and keep the carbs quite low.

Good luck to you both! Well done on listening to your bodies and changing your lives for the bettering of your health. That's a big step. Keep it up :)

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:37 PM

Ben - I'm in a similar boat to you. I love to cook, and given my fiance's and my schedules, I tend to do the most cooking. One thing I learned: we don't need equal portions. If we evenly split food, I'd still be losing weight, and she'd be gaining, so definitely watch out for portions - men and women are not built with similar requirements!

Fatty foods is bad for the blood sugar levels and even though we're eating good/lean meat she's still gaining.

What? Where did you read this? If by "fatty foods" you mean deep fried, breaded bits of whatever, then absolutely stay away from that for metabolic reasons. But eating "healthily fatty" cuts of good meats is more healthy for most than chowing down on more white chicken breast, for e.g.

Eating fat, especially veggies and starches cooked in good fats, has been shown to lower hypoglycemic effects of these foods.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:53 PM

2/2 However, when you cut out crap food, you are singularly left with a lot of healthy, fatty foods - some okay, and some **awesomely** healthy. For what meats to eat: ruminants (four-legged grass eaters) include beef, lamb, goat - eat this everyday; fish, especially small fish and cold water fish - eat this 3 times a week to everyday; birds (chicken, duck, quail, etc) or pork eat 1-2 times a week. **Avoid**: cold cuts, and any preserved meat with nitrates; yes, this means that bacon is just fine to eat, but make sure it's "uncured".

E9418685ac45d1db4f5ba545f4613744

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:44 PM

I was going off of what the WebMD PCOS article says, they didn't go into detail about what their definition of "fatty foods" was so I was just assuming they were speaking of meats. We definitely aren't deep frying anything anymore :) Portion size is definitely something we need to change, she actually brought this up last night. We've been splitting things pretty evenly but that will stop tonight.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on January 18, 2013
at 03:52 PM

1/2 Common misconception! (And that's okay). For a normal, SAD eater, saying "Stop eating fatty foods!" will overall (likely) yield a positive result, because it means no donuts, no fried dough, no pizzas, no pasta with alfredo sauce, no triple cheeseburgers from McD's.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I agree with the above answer on portion size. I work out a lot (probably burn around 500 calories a day) while my boyfriend is mostly sedentary. We eat about the same serving sizes or he even eats slightly more. If your activity levels are similar then she should be eating quite a bit less than you.

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on January 18, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I have PCOS also. To be honest, I experienced a similar situation to your girlfriend, gaining weight my first two months or so after changing diets. I don't know why or how, but after a couple of months, I experienced a very noticeable "shift", and I started losing excess fat. Not fast, but steadily, and easily. It was also around the same time I started skipping breakfast, too, so that may have played a role.

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on January 18, 2013
at 11:00 PM

As a paleo woman I understand the importance of fat... but HEALTHY fat, and that every person reacts differently... My body does not like too much meat... even if it is organic. I have found that eating fish I lose weight very easily, but add in even a few chicken brest and it becomes more difficult. I also get a lot of plant protein in my diet like hemp and pea protein (I do a lot of resistance training so I need the extra protein). Most of my fats come from flax, hemp, olive oil and fish. Like I said everyone is different with how their body responds to different nutrients so it is important to track what she is eating and how she responds to each certain thing. Also women are very different in how they lose fat (our bodies have many more fat holding hormones) so it may take a long time to see results

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