Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Low Amylose Diet: The Discovery

Since September 2012, I've lost about 30 pounds by combining Metformin with a low (let's get real here, low-ish) carb diet. However, I noticed these last few months, that my weight loss has plateaued. I've been doing a dance in the 208-212 pound area, but haven't really lost any significant weight in about three months.

Yes, I just posted my weight on the internet. Yes, if you can do simple math, you can figure out how much I weighed in 2012. Be nice, ok?

One day, while searching around YouTube for stories from ladies who also have PCOS, I found Christina's  SubfertileFrugalista channel (she also has a blog.) After perusing through her videos, I found one titled "The PCOS Diet That Worked For Us."

The PCOS Diet That Worked For Us by SubfertileFrugalista

In this video, Christina talks about the Low Amylose Diet that was prescribed to her by her RE. Christina has PCOS and had been trying for 3.5 years to have a child. They had tried every treatment you could think of, and was on their last ditch effort when they went to an RE to do IVF. Christina's RE, "Dr. Miracles," suggested going on the Low Amylose Diet. If they weren't pregnant after three months, then they would do IVF. I believe on the fourth month, they conceived, but sadly lost their little girl. After another couple of months, they conceived again and had their daughter Wren. As an added bonus, Christina lost 11 pounds in the first month of following the diet and 20 pounds overall.

A diet that allowed her to conceive after 3.5 years of infertility?! Of course my interest was peaked. From what I understand, Dr. Miracles "invented" (for lack of a better word,) this diet, so I haven't been able to find much literature on it, but Christina spells out the rules during her video. They are:
  1. Avoid all simple sugars such as candy, sodas, cakes, pies, ice cream, etc. These are almost pure forms of glucose.
  2. Avoid vegetables that are grown underground, corn, bananas, and foods enriched with maltodextrins or corn syrup.
  3. Avoid wheat, rice, rye, barley, and oats.
  4. Eat a minimum of 3 servings each of above-ground vegetables and fruits daily.
  5. Eat at least 6 ounces of protein every day.
  6. Avoid low fat foods.
  7. Don't count calories!
At first I thought this diet would be impossible. Giving up sugar, candy, cakes, ice cream, soda, bread, corn, carrots, potatoes, and bananas would surely be the death of me! A little melodramatic perhaps, but this girl loves her some bread and butter.However, I convinced myself that I would start off slowly and see what happened.

Next I'll talk about foods that follow the diet and don't taste like grass....much.

*I am in no way a nutritionist. You should probably talk to your doctor about starting a new diet...unlike I did. Don't be like me!*


  1. I've been doing something similar called the Whole 30. I actually just started a facebook group for it if you want to join. It's all clean eating, no processed foods, sugar, grains, etc. PCOS is a biotch but we can manage it! Here's the link if you want to join:

    1. I asked to join the group, what an awesome idea! Thanks for inviting me!

  2. First off, congratulations on losing 30 pounds - that is fantastic. You should be proud of yourself. Second, I think it makes sense to try something new since you've plateaued, especially if you ease into it. And I love that you don't have to count calories on this new regimen. Best of luck.

  3. I nominated you for the Liebster award! Don't feel pressured to participate, but I wanted to let you know :)