I have lost 2.4 lbs that I know of (I didn't have a scale at home for a while), but feel better about myself knowing I'm doing this, I'm committed to this, and it's working. I weigh myself once a week at the same time of day.
The only "problem" I've experienced is having my period often. I say "problem" in quotes because it's probably not a real problem seeing as how I never got it on my own before.
I did, however, get my period twice in 10 days. Had it the first time during the placebo section of my birth control pill - the normal time to have it. Began a period again 7 days into a new pill pack and still have it (5 days now). Is this normal for the period to break through a pill pack? I take Desogen, so it's a steady hormone throughout the month. I am still taking the pill as scheduled, though. Anyone else have this "problem?" I'm assuming/hoping it's just my body beginning to work on its own the way it should.
I also have a question about beginning to take resveratrol and lutein which I have heard are both two great anti-oxidants. Would taking either or both of these present any problems or are they a good addition to the multi-vitamin, etc, that I'm taking that I purchased from this site?
Anyway, to anyone out there who is suffering - this diet is the way to go. For the first time in the 10 years since I was diagnosed with PCOS, I am finally losing weight safely and steadily! I'm really excited to reclaim all the parts of my life I've hidden from because of my obesity.
Congratulations on your first steps towards reclaiming your life! Some focus and hard work is necessary but it is definitely doable! And don't forget to exercise. :-)
Antioxidants are very important for women who have PCOS, because the majority have some level of chronic inflammation, which is worse if excess weight is an issue. Part of the inflammation is due to "oxidant stress". You can think of oxidant stress as your metabolic fires burning out of control. Anti-oxidants are the fire engines that put out excessive fires. You need some fires but not too many. If there are too many fires, you have inflammation.
There are dozens of antioxidants. Resveratrol and lutein are two good ones. Other antioxidants you might look into are R-lipoic acid and vitamin E. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. Selenium is helpful. The list goes on. It's a long list.
A dietary source of antioxidants is in raw vegetation and raw nuts and some seeds. In other words, a healthy diet consisting of whole foods is your basic source of antioxidants. On the other hand, if you consume junk food or "convenience" food, you do not get the antioxidants because the processing has destroyed them, or they were removed during the manufacturing process.
Taking antioxidants should not interfere with other treatments such as birth control pills or metformin.