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Why is my weight lose so slow am I on the wrong diet.

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Hello everyone just wondering what’s everyone’s advice on diets Iv been on slimming world for 14 weeks now and Iv only lost 8 pounds it was 10 pounds but I can’t seem to get back to that I’m so upset my doctor told me I need to lose weight and I’m really trying and it’s just not coming off I was wondering if anyone found weight watchers better or calorie counting ?

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Exercise, if you want it to come off quicker, you need to move.

PCOS can make it extremely difficult to lose weight - more so than for someone without PCOS. Has your doctor spoken to you about Metformin? Although it is also used for diabetes, it can help assist women with PCOS to lose weight. If your GP is not aware of it you may need to speak to a gynaecologist about it. It can have negative side effects (particularly in the beginning) such as diarrhoea and nausea but these usually taper off, for most people, after a couple of weeks or so. There are some women who don't have any success with it, or who are unable to tolerate it full stop (the nausea and diarrhoea is particularly bad and never abates), but for many it can make a huge difference.

Slimming world works for some but it didn't for me. I lost initially then plateaued then gained some. Take care with the amount of carbs you can eat (rice, pasta, potatoes) and remember even 'free' food has calories. Take care also with fruit due to natural sugars. Plus exercise if/when possible. Good luck. It isn't easy. What works for one doesn't for another. Blows my mind regularly! All the best x

Well done on losing the weight you have! I do slimming world and it took me almost a year to lose 2 stone and get to my target weight. But I got there in the end and am now a healthy weight and for the last 6 months my periods have become much more regular. I think it's been easier for me to keep the weight off as I lost it slowly and in a healthy way. I would say keep going! Do you listen to the slimming world podcast? It's really good and reminds you there's lots of people out there going through the same thing! Good luck 😊

Losing weight is difficult so I feel your pain! For me a combination of a low carb diet and exercise worked wonders for me and my husband. I also cut out alcohol completely even before my IVF cycles.

In my opinion, exercise alone does not help you lose weight. It can help maintain your current weight though if you don’t go crazy with eating anything and everything unless you have good metabolism!

Diet alone does not help you loose weight quickly enough unless you are okay with losing about 2 pounds a week or less.

It takes much longer to lose weight than it is to put on! So patience is also needed- expect to be in it for the long haul.

Good luck!

Personally I never found weight loss groups helpful as you’re often surrounded by people who don’t have the same struggles as PCOS and it’s very easy to feel disheartened when they lose so much more in a week than you do. My weight has been up and down for last 20 years since I was diagnosed and I have found that the best thing has been a combination of healthy diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately diet/calorie counting alone has not worked. It has to be both. I’ve also been on Metformin for the last 15 years or so which I would say helped me lose weight at the beginning and now I feel that it stabilises it rather than contributes to losing more. I try to eat lots of fruit and veg, and I stay away as much as possible from white carbs like bread and pasta as well as refined sugar but I do allow myself treats from time to time. I’m not going to lie though, it can be a real struggle and I feel like I put on weight just by looking at food. I also weigh my carbs and have done for years as I think it’s very easy to over-do portions with things like rice, cereal etc. I have got into walking in the last 5 months and have seen the biggest difference for years and I have lost about 10lbs since September which is a real achievement for me personally given how hard it can be to shift the weight. Obviously everyone is different but I have found that this has been helpful for me. Good luck!

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