So Far So Good - But What about Wheat in the PCOS Diet?

by sameera
(columbus ,ohio)


Like every one else, I was so depressed for a long time, not knowing what's causing me this weight.

I am an Indian... recently got married and moved to USA.

Since then, I felt I went on putting on weight and nothing could help me reduce it.

I went 6 miles walking, swimming and taking care of the daily chores (doing dishes, cleaning, cooking and lot more.) I occasionally had inch loss but never weight loss.

I used to cry and started blaming it on the country.

My periods were irregular and the flow was scanty. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. Even the medication didn't help much.

Thanks for your book. It helped me realise that eating right is more important than just cutting down on food and waiting to reduce weight.

But I have a major problem... as I'm an Indian, wheat is our staple food. I have been a veggie all my life. But after reading your book I started eating chicken breast and fish.

I eat whole wheat flour mixed with old fashioned oats made rotis for lunch with a healthy vegetarian or chicken curry.

Do I have to avoid even this amount of wheat I eat? It's completely home made. Dough is just made with water. Please suggest.

thankz again.. :)

sameera reddy.


Editor's comments: In some cultures, there is an emphasis on refined carbohydrates such as white rice or highly refined wheat flour. These foods are not helpful for PCOS. So the less you eat these foods, the better off you are likely to be.

If you feel you must continue to consume refined rice and refined wheat, then try to minimize the amount you eat at one time. Also try to have to some protein and healthy fats (such as nuts) with that meal in order to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrates.

When you absorb carbohydrates too fast, your blood sugar rises too much, too quickly. The result is an excessive response by insulin. When you habitually consume these "high glycemic" foods, you force your insulin to remain too high. This leads to problems such as insulin resistance, difficulty in losing weight, and increased production of male hormones, all of which results in infertility, acne, hirsutism, hair loss, weight gain, etc.

It's probably OK to have some wheat but you want to be careful.

Think of wheat as a minor accessory item for your meal, not a staple food that forms the core of your meal and your diet.

There's always a tradeoff between what we want to eat or customarily eat vs. what we should eat.

And please, resume or continue your exercising! Losing inches from around your waist is every bit as important as total weight loss. So if your waist is shrinking even if you're not losing weight, that is a good thing.

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my two cents
by: Anonymous

I am Indian as well. I was only 18 when diagnosed with pcos. Though I did not have insulin resistance, I have a strong family history of diabetes. I had to give up rice, completely. Oatmeal, a salad bowl per meal helped. Trust me, I know how difficult it is to control those cravings. Within 2 years, I lost nearly 20 kg. Another thing, give up dairy as much as you can. Ever since I did that, my hirsutism decreased dramatically. All the best!

chakki atta is still wheat
by: PCOS Editor

Chakki atta is wheat, which contains gluten. Gluten causes problems in the lining of your intestines and therefore leads to systemic inflammation. You want to avoid this.

But if you're going to eat wheat anyway, then stone-ground wheat (chakki atta) is better than highly refined wheat (white flour), which causes your blood sugar to go up, which is another thing you want to avoid.

A better grain than wheat would be quinoa, amarinth, or brown/black/red whole grain rice. NOT white rice.

Weight loss
by: Anonymous

I am a PCOS sufferer. Can you eat chakki atta?

Re: So Far So Good - But What about Wheat in the PCOS Diet?
by: Anonymous

Hi Sameera,
I’m an Indian too and I can totally relate to you when it comes to eliminating wheat in the form of rotis or even rice. Since this is a staple in our diet from the time we were young, it is almost impossible to eliminate this from our meals. But you’ve got to weigh your options. Do you want to continue with PCOS and risk being diabetic just because you cannot resist the urge to eat a few rotis a day? Or do you want to bring an end to PCOS and maintain a healthy lifestyle?

It was hard for me but I’ve read the book and followed the list of foods that are recommended and those that should be avoided. Instead of eating rice for lunch, I added plenty of salads ( or any veggie that you like) along with my curries. The first few days were hard but over the course of the week, my body stopped craving rice and carbs. So far I’ve dropped 5lbs and I’m hoping to loose more as I go along. This is my second week following the PCOS diet. I too have tried all sorts of weight loss techniques and none have been as effective as this. Following the guidelines in this book is just the solution I was looking for.

Sometimes when I come across a bag of soft white, fluffy bread, I do feel myself weaken at the thought of a good sandwich but I always remind myself that giving into those cravings would only throw me even further back in my walk towards a healthy lifestyle – PCOS free

Good luck and do keep us posted on your success.

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