I am quickly approaching my first year on keto. When I first started this journey I honestly had no idea how hard it would be to drop weight as a female living with PCOS. I actually didn’t even consider it might come into play. Keto has taught me that we are all different, vastly different, and our medical issues do matter.
I jumped into keto expecting to whiz through it all. I would lose all my unwanted weight in a matter of months and that’s all that mattered. It would be grand. Well, that is definitley not what happened. My first few weeks did not go as I had read many people write about. I didnt drop a single pound, not even what many consider as the intial water weight. I started panicking of course. What was I doing wrong? I started obessing over every carb. I was tracking every meal and it was honestly stressing me out! I eventually concluded, this was not worth it. I started eating intuitively. 4 months later… I found I craved fat, not carbs. My stress level dropped and I actually started losing. I got a lot of encouragement from this forum about all sorts of things I expereinced. Which was a great help.
The longer I spent on keto, the more I read. I was determiend to gain the knowledge to understand what was going on inside. It never occurred to me that my PCOS was insulin resistance as I had never had a glucose or insulin issue. It also never popped into my brain that my body might need many, many months of healing from the years of low fat, calorie restricted, yo yo diets.
Fast forward to today. Almost a year later, roughly 25 pounds down. Most people would say 25 pounds in a year is the slowest weight loss ever. I would have agreed in the first 6 months as sure, it can be maddening. With that said, its still a loss and its still heading in the right direction. I have a ways to go but I’m loving my keto life and accepting that things aren’t the same for everyone.
A few keto insights from a gal living with PCOS:
- weight loss will most likely be slow, very slow. this is probably normal for us lucky ones
- you may have a severe hormone imbalance but not to fret, keto can help!
- you may or may not start to believe you have a thyroid issue, and thats possible but dont jump to that conclusion. your hormones can really cause a lot of the same issues
- dont listen to people who say “thats not keto”. I personally find a sweet potato once a week helps my hormone regulation immensely
- Weight loss is great but keep in mind all of the other great things happening when the loss stops or stalls. Treating your insulin resistance being at the top of the list.
- If you weigh at all, stay off the scale leading up to those magic female days. It can really mess with your head to see the fluctuation
- Stop comparing your journey to others!
- Most importantly, keep calm and keto on
Thanks for reading and thanks to all the folks who have helped me over the past year. It’s been a life changing event.
Excuse my awkward facial expressions, candids caught me in a laugh.