“Losing weight comes down to calories in versus calories out.” (Right, or ???)
I’m sure you’ve been told this before.
Consuming more calories than you use is certainly one factor in weight gain. When you wish to lose weight, you need to use more than you take in. But, there is much more to this story. If you have consulted a professional to try to lose weight previously, you have most likely been told ‘it is all about less energy coming in and more energy going out’.
Many women with PCOS are told this and no more over and over again.
They leave the consultation feeling depressed, unheard, with a sense of failure and confusion. Scratching their heads and wondering.
They know they don’t eat as much as some of their slender friends and yet the kilograms keep piling on. Despite the low calorie, low sugar, low fat, high protein, lemon detox, alternate day diet…
Myths and facts about starving and ‘low calorie’ diets busted
If you’ve thought about or have been starving yourself to get thin, or have used laxatives or forced yourself to vomit, you are not alone.
Desperate attempts to lose weight have pushed women with PCOS towards serious eating disorders. Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of ‘bulimia’ (an eating disorder where a person binge eats and then throws up deliberately or uses laxatives to purge the food). The never-ending cycle of desperate attempts at losing weight and guilt over not being able to do so may trap you in a painful situation tainted with guilt, shame, and disappointment.
There may be reasons why a very low-calorie diet (eating less than 800 calories a day) seems appealing for a PCOS diet. However, although emotionally it may seem a logical step, it is not only unsustainable, it is very bad for you.
Starving is bad for you!
* When your body is repeatedly starved of calories, it can upset the balance of your thyroid gland
* Starving starves your muscles, and you need to maintain healthy muscles to burn fat and lose weight
* Eating less can cause toxic build-up
* A diet of fewer than 800 calories per day has been shown to hurt your cardiovascular system
So, what can you do?
These articles will help you discover how women with PCOS can lose weight and keep it off – for good…
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