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4/12/17 5:34 P

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I have PCOS and see a nutritionist as well. I do a 1200-1500 calorie diet, and do high protein low sugar (general rule is if the sugar content is higher than the protein content it's a NO). I wonder if increasing your protein might help. I don't intentionally do low carb, but I have noticed myself cutting way down on carbs simply because higher carb foods tend to have higher calories as well. This has been very successful for me - I recommend talking to your nutritionist about a higher protein diet next time you see them. Several other PCOS Sparkers have mentioned doing high protein as well.

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4/11/17 6:19 P

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I tried very low carb a few different times. I kept my daily carb intake under 5%. Every time I tried it, I got physically ill. My doctor had recommended it and after a few attempts, the last with a food log, she told me that some people just cannot do low carb and that my body doesn't have a tolerance for it. As for calorie goals... I just follow what Spark says. If I cut my calories down to a very low amount (12-1600) then I find I won't stick with it. So I stay around the 2000 per day that Spark recommends and even then it is a HUGE challenge not to overeat. I also have a sitting job and struggle with being active enough. But I'm making baby steps to change that!

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I tried very low carb a few different times. I kept my daily carb intake under 5%. Every time I tried it, I got physically ill. My doctor had recommended it and after a few attempts, the last with a food log, she told me that some people just cannot do low carb and that my body doesn't have a tolerance for it. As for calorie goals... I just follow what Spark says. If I cut my calories down to a very low amount (12-1600) then I find I won't stick with it. So I stay around the 2000 per day that Spark recommends and even then it is a HUGE challenge not to overeat. I also have a sitting job and struggle with being active enough. But I'm making baby steps to change that!

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4/11/17 6:17 P

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Yeah, there's so much conflicting information out there. Hope your doctor can shed some light on it.

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4/11/17 3:38 P

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I try to keep my calories between 1500-1800 however I got into watching 600 lb life and the doctor was putting them on 1200 calorie diets. I realize I am not 600 pounds but still very large so that has me rethinking my calorie input. For a lot of people they don't count calories when counting carbs and I don't either but I do watch them just to make sure they aren't getting out of control. I think I will definitely bring this up with my doctor and see what she says. The nutritionist that I saw recently recommended 1800 but she also recommended 120 carbs which I totally disagreed with.

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I haven't tried super low carb myself, though over the past year I've gone from like 70% carbs to 25-30% most days. I do not think it has affected me.

I DID have a bit of headaches and tiredness when I first started restricting my calories (before I cut back on carbs). I was just under 300 and tried to cut down to 1200-1300 and it left me feeling pretty crummy. I went up to like 1700 for a few months until I dropped weight, then brought it back down again a few months later when I was closer to 250 (and yes, I know everyone says, don't cut down calories that low if you're over 250 because you won't have enough energy to fuel your body, I was just not being responsible).

I'm not as familiar with PCOS, though I've seen a lot of folks around here mention it.
I felt REALLY sluggish before even getting into the calorie restricting, due to my thyroid. My doctor finally listened and adjusted my dosage (which previously kept me at the high side of normal, and which now keeps me at the low side of normal) and I felt SO much better within a few weeks of starting that new dose.

Best of luck.

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4/11/17 2:18 P

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I wish I could be more active with the teams but I normally use the spark app on my phone and cannot access them. I have been on spark many many times in the past but this time I am 38 years old and the mother of two toddlers. My beginning weight was 412. I am on my third week of super low carbs and I won't do a weight check until I go to my doctor next week.

I have PCOS and cutting carbs has been the diet recommended by my doc, a nutritionist, and many many books. I am doing really well. No cheating, no temptations, etc. What I am finding though is that my legs hurt more now than before I started low carb and I am just beyond tired which may be a result of having young kids but it seems like I am always dozing off or having a hard time keeping my eyes open.

I should be feeling better by the third week shouldn't I? I was previously addicted to fast food and pizza and like I said I have not had anything like that for going on 3 weeks. I take a women's multivitamin daily, and a D3 to supplement.

Is this normal? Is there anything I can do? Do I just need more time? Any advice would be appreciated. I previously did Atkins induction in my 20s and within a couple of weeks I felt energized and just felt good. My high weight then was 327 and I was quite a bit younger so perhaps its just a little harder now. I want to continue this new way of eating but it almost feels like I am getting worse than better.

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