I’m a 32 year old recently diagnosed PCOS suffer who is in need of help and I don’t know where to turn.
I’m very new to PCOS having only been diagnosed this year but have basically been offered no help. At the start of the year I suddenly starting putting on weight (previously a healthy weight and a size 8 - 10, i'm 5ft 2) at a extremely fast rate, I had come off the contraception injection the following May and it took me 6 months to get a period, i felt normal up to around Feb this year and then suddenly put on over a stone in around 2 months, my diet had stayed the same, very healthy during the week and a few treats at the weekend but I have eaten like this all my life, I have various food intolerances and allergies so food has always been a big deal in my life, I make sure I eat well 80 - 90% of the time, I started getting very bad skin and my periods disappeared again, around June time this year I was told I had PCOS, the doctor told me unless I’m trying for a baby (which I’m currently not) that there wasn’t much he could do, try going on the pill so I would get a period and then hopefully that would make me lose weight (which it hasn’t, I was on this for 5 months and although I did get periods I was still putting on weight). My skin has cleared up but no matter what I do I cannot lose weight, I’m active and like exercise, I work out around 3 – 4 times per week with a mix of hot yoga and running, I eat gluten free, wheat free and mostly dairy free, I’m allergic to most nuts (apart from cashews and brazil nuts), mushrooms and can’t eat much fiber due to IBS, this doesn’t leave me with a lot to eat, yet I’m still not losing weight, I have tried every diet under the sun since Feb, currently trialing paleo which does seem to be helping not putting anymore weight on but I cannot lose anything to get back to my normal weight. This is really affecting me, my confidence, my sanity, I feel it is making me obsess about food and eating, I’m constantly analysing what I eat, it's really getting me down. I eat very clean, meals are pretty much green veg, salad, meat or fish with good fats (avocado, coconut oil and I do eat eggs), no fruits as i'm worried about the high sugar ( if I eat seeds and nuts they tend to go straight to my tummy fat) eating like this seems to be maintaining my heavier weight but I’m losing nothing, then if I do have a treat day due to a birthday or a family meal out I’m then 3 - 5 ib heavier the next day, if I’m away for the weekend and relax a little more I will come back 5 – 6 pound heavier, that isn’t an exaggeration. I’m sorry this is such a long email but I really don’t know where to turn. I’m considering a nutritionist and a trainer but I’m worried who I can trust and that they will be giving me the right information, also that the cost of this will be so expensive.
If anyone could help I would be so grateful.