Beginning to a new start!


I've just joined this site in hope that I can start making changes now, I'm currently over weight for my height which is 5"3 and about 73.3kg. I also suffer from pollysystic ovaries, so if I want a chance of having a family in life I need to act now! I'm currently 22, almost 23 and I feel now is the right time for me to make these changes so me and my partner can plan a future!

I'm hoping to reach a goal of 53.9kg or there abouts! So if anyone has any hints or tips please let me know!!


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  • Welcome :-)

    My advice is to make small manageable changes. I've lost 2.5st since January and when I first started I reduced my calorie intake to 1440 and then once I'd got usee to eating less for a week or so I then added exercise. I'm now trying to make sure I exercise for at least 30 mins a day 5 days a week with a view to increasing it as I get fitter and less weighty.

  • Thanks! That's a really good start!

    I have a my fitness pal app on my phone and I'm monitoring what I'm eating but I'm only reaching 1200 a day I'm finding it a struggle to eat anymore! When I first started trying to make changes I was only taking in 600-700 calories a day. Mainly the wrong food and no exercise, the docs told me to eat more to kick in my metabolism and burn the fat. Just finding it quite hard hitting the right numbers ATM!

  • There have been a few posts on here about PCOS. Has your doctor advised you on reducing your carbohydrates or on eating low GI?

    This is one possibly useful link.

    Good luck with making the changes.

  • All they told me was to stick to a Diabetic Diet really, not too much red meat, or wheat products. Like a high fibre diet. Its really hard to stick too, i never know if im eating the right things or the right amounts. But the MyfitnessPal app seems to look like i am :)

    All the GP has really said is i need to lose some weight and sent me to a weight nurse, ive had to do all the digging myself in what else can help PCOS.

    Thanks for the Link ill deffinately look into it.

  • I've just been reading up on that link, it says to eat more protein. The doctor told me to stop having my Maxitone sculptress protein weight loss shake as in their oppinion it made me gain weight because it was adding muscle mass. I might try taking it again as long as i cut my diet down to a healthier one and keep up the exercise too.

  • The protein shake has carbohydrate in, which is likely to make you gain weight. You need good quality protein on its own, eggs, fish or chicken would be fine if you don't want red meat.

    This is an article by Dr. Briffa on PCOS, which may be worth a read.

  • Hi Penel, I have had a look at this link. Are the quantities of protein he recommends a daily amount, i.e. 1.5-2.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight? Thanks

  • Hi Windswept, it's not clear to me if it's a daily amount but I guess it must be. I'm afraid I didn't pay much attention to the amounts. It does seem a lot to me, unless you are a fitness fanatic. I have tried to work out what this would mean in practical terms and I think I can manage to eat about 1.2 grms of protein, but I am struggling to work it out.

    Having looked around the web there are various studies on eating more protein without health issues, unless you have kidney problems.

    If this advice on protein is not good advice, perhaps I had better delete it!

  • Hi again,Just to be sure it was the authority nutrition link I looked at and as you say it does seem high. For me to get that amount I would need to eat nearly 1.5lb of steak a day!

  • Perhaps have a look at Sammytowil on the question page, who is also talking about PCOS.

  • Yeah, I already had a read through. Just going to try and do the best I can. Going have eggs for breakfast and see how I go. I've also done a fit women app today which Is Pilate type exercise routines. Such a good app!

  • Good luck.

  • Lowering your insulin levels is key to normalising your hormones. Control your carbohydrate intake between 10 and 14 portions per day (1 portion = 10g carbohydrate), ideally 3 meals x 4 carb portions. Follow this link

    Eat low GI carbs, reducing intake of fructose too which glycosylates haemoglobin seven times as much as glucose. Follow this link

    Make up the balance of your meals with natural, additive-free, unprocessed protein and fat foods such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, cheese, coconut oil, palm oil (not hydrogenated), olive oil, butter, and lard.

  • At least you have started! Well done .. keep going!

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