I am a 33 yr old woman with history of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and type 2 diabetes. I am thinking about starting Velocity Diet to lose 20 lbs. I am 5’ 2" and currently weigh 151 lbs (BMI 27.6) and have ~33% body fat (according to the handheld body fat monitor). I have lost 50 lbs in 5 months through diet and exercise since December 2013.
My goal for losing the next 20 lbs is to be fit and strong for pregnancy and child birth. I had an ectopic pregnancy at my heavier weight last October (~201 lbs), and have just suffered loss of a second baby due to missed miscarriage in the first trimester a few weeks ago ( at ~149 lbs). Due to the grief of losing second baby and the physical pain of miscarriage, I didn’t follow the diet and exercise program for 2 weeks after miscarriage.
In a short amount of 8 days, I gained 8 lbs (is that even possible?). My body has a tendency to gain weight very quickly, and lose it painfully slowly (possibly due to PCOS).
Doctors recommend weight loss as a way to manage hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS, which are apparently less at lower weight (although 40% of PCOS patients are normal or underweight). I am sticking to their recommendation by aiming to lose another 20 lbs which will put me in the normal BMI range, and be in the 20-25% body fat (which is ideal for pregnancy). My diabetes is well controlled with Metformin, a common drug for insulin resistance/glucose control.
However, I have issues with emotional eating and binge eating and portion control, which have become difficult to manage after the recent miscarriage.
I have the following questions for you:
Would you advice me to go through the Velocity Diet to lose the 20 lbs of fat while building lean muscle?
How would I maintain the weight loss after the diet ends? Could you mention diet and exercise specifics for maintaining the weight loss? Is this plan appropriate for women with insulin resistance issues?
Can I eat in the maintenance mode if I become pregnant? How would you recommend modifying the nutrition program for pregnancy?
Will this diet help me in overcoming emotional eating and binge eating and portion control issues? Or will my food obsession grow worse after the diet?
Is HOT-ROX safe for pre-conception?
I take a pre-natal multivitamin supplement and vitamin D3 supplement. Can I continue to take them along with the supplements required for the Velocity Diet?
I am trying to get rid of my sugar addiction by avoiding simple sugars and am using stevia as a sweetener. My ultimate goal is to be rid of all natural and artificial sugars (which is impossible in the modern world). What ingredients are used in the protein shakes to sweeten them?
Will I need access to a gym and someone to explain me how to do the exercises prescribed in the program? I haven’t been to a professional gym in a very long time. I do train with a personal trainer weekly, we mostly do circuit/strength training using free weights, kettlebell and bosu/stability ball.
I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. What are the lean protein sources that you recommend that I eat for the healthy solid meal portion of the diet?
Do you allow legumes/beans in any portion of the diet (eg. maintenance mode)?
Thank you so much for answering my questions! (and I am sorry for long list of questions). Your answers will help me make an informed choice before I embark on this diet!
Thank you again!