Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hello old friend

Perhaps friend is the wrong term to use here. More like Hello old foe that I beat before. I found out the reason why I keep gaining for two weeks, losing for two no matter what I do in regard to exercise, sodium, water intake, using activity points, not using activity points and so forth. The silly thing is, it is not a new revelation, but for some reason i did not factor this in.

I have PCOS- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. One of the symptoms is infertility , but it's root cause is insulin resistance. Diets low in fat and high in carbs with this condition are much like trying to empty out the ocean with a thimble during a hurricane. Atkins diet helps to lose weight, but causes other problems. South beach is better, but can be very restrictive. However, the principles behind both are worth following. My intake must be high in protien, low in carbs and good fats are much desired. Not only must I select whole grains, but I must pair them with a protien. I must also make triple sure i get in those healthy monosaturated fats and Omega 3's, and resistance training exercises will help do my body very good.

The thing that is making me laugh is that I was diagnosed with this almot 20 years ago and told the most effective cure was to lose 16 percent of my body weight. I followed the old, very carb restrictive Weight Watchers exchanges plan, lost 110 lbs and conccived my son. In my mind I thought that this was the end of my concern with PCOS , for I finally had my baby. However, PCOS does not just go away, and it can impact your health in ways much more devistating than infertility and facial hair. It puts a woman at increased risk for heart attack, diabetes, ostioporosis, ovarian cancer and a lot more. Time to face this dragon once again- back to a slightly different approach for me !

1 comment:

Rosie said...

How about the core program... or check out this book called Body For Life maybe you can incoporated that into the points program. I think Body For Life has a website.