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I was diagnosed with PCOS over 30 years ago. Back when they didn't know much about it or how to treat it. No diet ever worked for me until I went to a metabolic syndrome center in Chicago about 5 years ago. For the first time in my diet career I lost 42 pounds in three months. If felt wonderful. The inflammation pains disappeared and my clothes were falling off. But...and its a big but...the diet was really restrictive. No dairy, fats, no pork, grains, potatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, NO SALT, no coffee. Basically you could have chicken, beef, turkey, and non fatty fish baked or broiled or boiled, certain vegetables, certain fruits, and water. At one point I would have run over an old lady holding a chocolate cake JUST to get the dill pickle behind her!! I dreamed of drinking pickle juice!! After four months my mind gave up and of course the weight came back. Since your diet was somewhat similar I thought maybe it would work better (I don't think the 42 pounds in 3 months was a good thing. My skin got saggy). I would be happy with 6-8 pounds a month. I've been on Whole 30 for 16 days .................... (I know we aren't supposed to weigh). My question is.... Should I be doing something different with your diet because of the PCOS? It has its own set of rules that defies most diets.

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Hi Moaner,


First you'll notice that I edited your post. Weighing is against the rules of the Whole30 and we do not want people publicizing their broken-rule results because it makes others feel that they might be better off weighing themselves.  There is so much more to this journey than the scale, please put it aside for 30 days.


There is no specific PCOS protocol but the Whole30 is naturally anti-inflammatory which is has been experientially reported to assist some people with PCOS.  http://whole9life.com/2011/02/whole30-contest-winner/


This post from an older thread is also very wise and reminds us that we are all unique and what results may come for one are harder or different in others: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/11382-pcos/?p=122186


Please also note that besides the elimination of dairy and grains, you are free to eat all the things you've noted on the no list above: "No dairy, fats, no pork, grains, potatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, NO SALT, no coffee."  And if you want to eat pickles, just read your labels and choose one without added sugar or other "no" items and you're good to go!  :)

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