There are a lot of PCOS women out there who think Keto is the answer. It is sold as something that will get results fast and is the current biggest ‘trend’ in diets.
Before I go into the geeky stuff about why keto is scientifically not good for us PCOS ladies, let me just say a little bit about my alternative philosophy.
I’ve done strict diets – many times in my life, for long periods of my life…I tried Keto, and it was hell on earth for me! And I got no results!
And guess what? I was miserable. I wasn’t living. All I did was think about food 24/7 and either avoid social situations because of it or just feel anxious and self-conscious when I was there.
So my first point is: life needs to be fun! And keto is most definitely NOT FUN. And if you’re wondering… yes of course you can be on a diet and have fun. If it’s my diet you’re on!
My second thing is…diets for PCOS have to be sustainable. PCOS is with us for life. Yes, we can reverse the symptoms, but it will never go away. We need to look after ourselves always. So whatever ‘diet’ we adopt, needs to be something we can do forever.
Okay so now to the geeky stuff:
3 Scientific reasons why you shouldn’t do keto:
- It’s bad for your gut microbiome
You’re going to hear a lot about the gut microbiome from me because it is one of the biggest factors in how healthy we are. And PCOS women for some reason have to work a bit harder to make sure we nuture a healthy diverse microbiome. Not heard of the microbiome before? Read my other blog here to learn more.
Our microbiome needs fibre, and lots of it, it needs phytonutrients, it needs a variety of different veg and fruit.
And why is the microbiome important for PCOS? Part of our microbiome is called the oestrobiome. It actually recycles oetrogen back into our blood stream!!! And more natural oestrogen is exactly what us PCOS ladies need. It is the hormone we are low on. The more we can keep hold of, the less PCOS symptoms we will have.
2. Your body will think you’re starving
Ketosis is the state our bodies put themselves into when we go through a famine. The evidence of how this affects our menstrual cycle is a bit unclear right now. But some women (even those without PCOS) stop having periods or start having irregular periods with keto. This makes sense as a starvation is not what our bodies view as a good time to be making babies.
3. Mental health
It might be true that ketones make us feel good (if we can get into and stay in ketosis) but a diet as strict as keto isn’t good for our mental health. It promotes an over-focus on food…counting, measuring, monitoring our urine. If that doesn’t make us unhealthily obsessed, I don’t know what will! And referring back to my philosophy at the start, how can we live our best lives and have fun if we have to focus on every gram of carbs we eat?
With my philosophy the whole aim is to reverse your PCOS and then forget about it. Yup, PCOS shouldn’t define us and it doesn’t need to.
Living your best life with PCOS means reversing the symptoms so you can feel confident, and healthy.
It means not having to think about your PCOS all the time. It means having a healthy lifestyle that is just your normal, but that still allows you to eat without any restriction 20% of the time. Now that is living!
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