Sorry for my absence! But I told you guys I wouldn’t be writing unless I had something to SAY, and I am always true to my word 🙂
Today I needed to put some of my recent life choices out there, along with some of the justifications for WHY I made these changes, and share some important information as well.
On Friday 7/24 I made the decision to live a low carb lifestyle. I realize I might lose some of your hear, as you hover over the while rolling your eyes. But, WAIT! This shit is important, dammit. This choice only came after MUCH research, and the information I found was startling!
For some background, I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. This changes things! I do NOT fit the cookie-cutter image of a woman. I am not made the same way. I have known this since I was 15 years old and I was rushed into the ER for emergency surgery, where they removed a cyst the size of a grapefruit from my ovary – and my right fallopian tube. Got your attention now? Good. I have been eating wrong my entire fucking life, and it makes me mad. Can you tell? I have been told (like so many other women) that simply eating less will cause me to lose weight. “calories in minus calories out! Basic math!” No, fuck you, because that is NOT how it works for a woman with PCOS and it is certainly not how it works for me.
When I first started my research I started here because I absolutely ADORE Google Scholar. What do you know, I found a WEALTH of information! Information I had NEVER been told, taught, or referred to. NOT EVER. Not in 27 years of living. Mad? Hell yes! Relieved? Extremely. I knew as soon as I saw the article popping up that I am wasn’t crazy to think normal diets just don’t work for me. I knew I wasn’t just “lazy” or didn’t have enough willpower. So I started researching the connection between PCOS and low carbohydrate diets.
In this study 11 women with PCOS started a low carb diet, and only 5 finished. This says to me low carb is HARD. There were no monetary incentives for participation in this study, so these women really had to WANT it. Only 5 did. BUT, for these 5 women this study had real world results. “there were significant reductions from baseline to 24 weeks in body weight (-12%), percent free testosterone (-22%), LH/FSH ratio (-36%), and fasting insulin (-54%). There were non-significant decreases in insulin, glucose, testosterone, HgbA1c, triglyceride, and perceived body hair. Two women became pregnant despite previous infertility problems.” Like, seriously?! That’s huge! And that is far from the only study to confirm these finding.
So, in the end I decided to set aside my preconceived notions and jump on the low carb bandwagon… and I haven’t been disappointed! I have lost 4.5 pounds in 4 days, but I have also gained energy. It is still too soon to tell what other sort of benefits this lifestyle change will bring for me, but I am happy to report – I am in it for the long haul! 🙂
P.S. I absolutely love this article here, so I wanted to include it! My favorite infographic was this one: