PCOS and insulin: Is keto the solution?


What a controversial little word. It seems like everyone is talking about keto right now. Some people are die-hard converts, while others instinctively dismiss it. How can eating bacon every day help you lose weight? Bacon is full of fat, and fat is bad, right?

Not necessarily.

I’ve talked about my struggle with finding the best diet for my PCOS a bit on this blog, but it’s something I want to explore at much greater length. I have insulin resistance PCOS, which means diet should always be my #1 priority when treating my PCOS. I have to be SO careful with what I eat because my blood sugars don’t behave like everybody else. Seriously. They spike if I even think about eating a piece of chocolate, so I have to be very mindful. It’s been challenging, but it’s also been really eye-opening.

I don’t always enjoy the fact that I have PCOS, in fact, sometimes I even loathe it, but I’m also kinda grateful for it. It really kicked my ass into gear and made me re-assess how I was fueling my body. And that’s really what it came down to was seeing food as fuel and it made me think about what food can give me, both good and bad.

For example, if I eat pasta/bread/potatoes, or anything else really carb heavy, I’ll be asleep on the couch within 20-30 minutes of finishing my meal. I’m not exaggerating here, ask my husband. It’s like snooze city up in my house after a carby meal. That’s just how my body works.

But, you need carbs, right?

I’ve had SO many people say this to me. They seem almost insulted when I tell them I don’t eat bread anymore. “Oh, you have such good willpower,” they’ll say. But it’s not even a matter of willpower for me, it’s a matter of health, and how I feel after I eat bread, and I feel like garbage. It’s gotten worse too. I started cutting out dairy and gluten last spring, and now I find I am okay with a small amount of cheese, but gluten is completely out of the question. It wrecks total havoc on my digestive tract. I get stomach pains, bloating, constipation, and MAJOR inflammation in my hips and lower back. To the point where it hurts to stand for longer than 5-10 minutes. I am not exaggerating here either. Seriously, ask my husband. Who has watched me hobble around the grocery store, holding on to that cart for dear life, who has rubbed my back and made me hot water bottles more times than I can count. It’s that kind of pain. But, I’m still repeatedly told that I should eat bread because it’s part of a balanced diet.

The thing is, my diet will never look balanced to the average person. I can’t follow the Canada food guide or the 80/20 method. I have to find a diet that suits my syndrome and my needs. Because I have tried all of those things and they don’t work for me.

Which brings me to keto. I have researching keto and trying out keto recipes for quite awhile now, but if I am honest, I’ll admit, it all seemed REALLY extreme. I mean, I love bacon, avocados, and butter just as much as the next person, but can I really survive off of food like that? I’m gonna try. I’m going to try it out for a month, just to see how it goes. I know it’s dangerous to put your body into ketosis and then take it out again, but if it’s not working for me, then it’s not working. I don’t really eat a lot of carbs, to begin with. I get most of my carbs from fruit, vegetables, and the occasional slice of gluten-free bread, so I don’t anticipate it being a huge leap for me.

I’m actually really excited to try this diet out. I have seen so many social-media cysters have success with this diet and lifestyle, and I can’t think of any reasons, other than the fear of uncertainty, to try it. I hope this is what I need to finally regulate my cycles.

I will be blogging my experiences, of course. I’m not sure if I am going to post weight updates or anything like that. I will see how I feel. I don’t really need to lose a ton of weight. Maybe 20-30 lbs, which is still a substantial amount. I would like to get my BMI to a normal range, just to see how it affects my PCOS. I should note that I am very comfortable with the size I am now, which is a 10/12, but I am a lot heavier than people guess. I have been told I carry my weight well.

I don’t think 20-30 lbs will affect me too much. I’ve already lost 40 lbs since being diagnosed with PCOS, and I can see a difference, but it’s not as shocking as it looks on some other people. I guess I have heavy bones or something.

I know this will sound extreme to some people, but so is paying $12,000 – $15,000 for IVF. Putting myself and my family into serious debt is pretty extreme too.

I’m going to give keto a try. I hope you’ll all support me.

Are any of you doing the ketogenic diet? Comment down below!



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Hi, my name is Jodie. I'm a 30-something teacher who loves writing, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my husband and our two pugs Rocky & Rosie. x

4 thoughts on “PCOS and insulin: Is keto the solution?”

  1. My mom is doing the Keto diet right now. I will probably follow suite. I too have insulin resistance PCOS – and after all the research I did myself, it does sound about right for my needs at the moment. All the best luck to you. I will be following your month long journey!

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    1. That’s awesome. I am hoping my mom will follow suite too. She has type-2 diabetes and is now on insulin. I really think it would help her manage her disease. I know she’s interested in keto, but scared to start. I felt that way for awhile too, but then I was like, “what have I got to lose?”

      Let me know if you decide to try it out. 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome!! Yes, I am loving it so far too. My blood sugar numbers have been AMAZING since starting. I think keto may have been what my body needed all along.

      Thanks for commenting. I look forward to reading your blog. 🙂

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