Michaela, a mum from our Healthy Mummy community, is sharing her weight loss success story with us. She has suffered from PCOS (Polycyctic Ovarian Syndrome), which is a conditions well know for playing havoc with a woman’s weight.
Today I am sharing with you my story on PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).
* I hope you can take away from it what you need, and also I cannot stress enough that I am not a professional in PCOS, this is just what’s helped me and what I understand to be true.
I’ve noticed there are a lot of women in the Healthy Mummy Facebook support group with questions like “Does The Healthy Mummy weight loss challenge work for someone with PCOS?” and “How much weight and in what time frame have people lost when suffering with PCOS” etc.
I want to say:
“YES, it is totally possible to lose weight using the Healthy Mummy 28 day weight loss challenge if you suffer from PCOS.”
I am proof of it.
The Healthy Mummy’s Low GI diet plans and exercise plans, are exactly what someone with PCOS should be introducing into their everyday life. For me personally I need healthy nutritious foods AND exercise combined together to maintain steady weight loss and the healthy mummy provides both.
I LOVE the 28 Day Challenges! Healthy Nutritious meal plans that are completely customisable to suit your needs and daily exercises to incorporate into every day.
Understanding your body with PCOS
There are many factors involved with PCOS, and I’m not going to go into everything as I’d be here all day, but here are some that have been useful for me to help understand my body better, and to then help with my continued weight loss.
What foods are best for PCOS
As mentioned before a Low GI diet is best for PCOS. Foods that are full of nutritional value that will fuel your body, think Wholefoods that are natural, fruits, vegetables, fibre and protein.
If you have processed or refined sugars in your diet then ditch them!
Does your diet have too many ‘added hormones’ in it?
As some may be aware added hormones/chemicals are not good for our bodies let alone someone with PCOS.
PCOS is usually linked with a Hormonal Imbalance, so doing what you can to help your hormone levels really helps your PCOS symptoms as well as aiding in weightloss.
I know a major thing for me was finding out that dairy has the hormone IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor 1) in it. Since reducing added hormones in my diet and limiting dairy products to a bare minimum, my PCOS symptoms have improved greatly.
The Healthy Mummy Smoothie is dairy free and uses non genetically modified soy protein isolate, this is free of all oestrogen and hormone.
Do you have insulin resistance?
Some might know that PCOS is closely linked with Insulin resistance, or at least heightened insulin levels compared to those who don’t have PCOS.
Higher insulin in our bodies due to resistance or similar can lead to more fat being stored, as our bodies are not processing the insulin as affectively as it should.
High insulin levels can cause mayhem in our bodies, leading to those glorious symptoms we all hate such as increased hair growth, weight gain, skin tags, fatty liver, high cholesterol, Polycystic Ovaries as well as an irregular menstrual cycle.
Following a Low GI diet such as what is on offer from The Healthy Mummy programs, is exactly what a PCOS diet should be incorporating.
Eat regularly to keep blood sugar levels stable. Lots of protein, healthy fats, fibre and avoid processed foods and refined sugars.
Incorporate 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week or as much as you can.
What has worked for me to lose 17kg
Introducing The Healthy Mummy Low GI plans, and ditching the High GI foods that I was eating previous to starting.
I love the 28 Day Challenges as the weekly meal planner is completely customisable and meals are easily adjustable to suit all dietary needs.
The reason I’m now following this is due to information I’ve read, and also researched from www.pcosdietsupport.com (Please note before going on any type of restrictive diet speak to a professional, I am not and nor do I claim to be a professional in PCOS this is just what works for me.)
With Breakfast and most Lunches sorted with a Healthy Mummy smoothie, adding in small snacks and eating a healthy nutritious Dinner was simple. It helps keep my metabolism going as well as keeping my blood sugar levels stable.
Introducing regular exercise into my daily routine from incidental exercises, daily walking, 28 Day Challenge exercises as well as The Healthy Mummy Post Pregnancy DVD.
I love the 28 Day Challenges due to the HIIT daily exercise as well as the new introduction of the Pilates. A great variety which really gets your heart rate up.
Understanding my body with PCOS and being aware what is best for it, and what will ultimately help not hinder where I want to be.
Some advice from a fellow PCOS sufferer
1. Do not let PCOS define your journey
I’ve never once let PCOS get in my way of where I’ve wanted to be, on my weight loss journey. Yes it can be damn hard compared to the next person, and yes sometimes you will want to throw in the towel.
2. Do not get disheartened by slow results
Those little results whether it be on the scales, measurements, non-scale victories are getting you one step closer to where you want to be.
Research PCOS, ask your GP or even speak to a naturopath about what PCOS means for you and your body, and what steps you need to take.
3. You are worth it
You are most certainly worth spending the time on to make you the best version you can be. You need this more than you know and you can do this. A little belief can take you a long way so start believing in yourself.
4. You can and you will do it.
I wish you all the luck in the world and I truly believe you can and will smash it out of the ball park. PCOS is NOT what defines you, you are the creator of your own journey.