Lose Weight with PCOS On an Indulgent Diet with Dessert
I want to lose a few kilogrammes of fat to see if it will help with my PCOS symptoms, but I choose to do so on an indulgent diet that includes dessert. I tried a bone broth fast recently, and on the first day, decided to change it to the bone broth and cacao fast, as it was already hard enough.
My chocolate and dessert addiction is something I choose to
embrace fully in my life and along my PCOS journey, and adding and
experimenting with healthy desserts in my diet has given me the freedom to do
so. As I am writing this blog post, I am ten kilogrammes lighter than I was a
few years ago.
The good news is that I lost the weight eating dessert
almost daily (it turned into daily when I moved into my own place and started
buying my own food), and all while having PCOS. What is cool is that I managed
to cut out sugar, dairy, gluten, vegetable oils, and grains, all while
following my dessert diet.
The key is to make desserts that contain healthy
ingredients. If you go on Pinterest (I am still working on developing my own
dessert diet recipes), you can find a lot of indulgent recipes that are
sugar-free, low-carb, and free of processed foods.
If you keep you portion size reasonably small around your
main meal, then you will have some calories left over for a healthy dessert. If
you are concerned about your macronutrient intake, you can, for example, only
eat protein and vegetables at your main meal, and then eat a dessert that
consists of mostly fat.
Do yourself a favour and search for fat bombs on Pinterest. They
have been essential in helping me develop my indulgent PCOS diet. If you can
make a recipe that contains a balance of protein, carbs, and fat, you can even
act like a ten-year old and only eat dessert for your entire meal. Now that is
an indulgent PCOS diet.
When most women with PCOS think about losing weight, they
probably imagine themselves going on a boring diet and missing out on desserts,
and with years and years of dieting behind me, I have tried many of these
unindulgent diets, and have barely managed to suffer through them.
There are also few things that infuriate me as much as the
boring, typical “bodybuilder diet” that is low in fat and mostly consists out
of steamed broccoli, brown rice, and chicken breasts. If you ask me, that just
lacks imagination. Having PCOS is hard enough already. You do not have to make
it worse with a boring diet. Improving your PCOS symptoms while eating
indulgently is possible.
If you eat more strategically, and just stay conscious of
the ingredients that you are using, you can follow an indulgent, dessert diet,
and satisfy your sweet tooth while also losing weight.
I managed to lose weight the fastest when adding more
healthy desserts to my diet, as it helped me stay satiated. You do not have to
deprive yourself. You can indulge your sweet tooth and become healthy at the
same time with PCOS.
Plus, this will allow you to serve dessert when hosting
dinner parties, and you can take some with to a party, so that you do not have
to feel sorry for yourself when at a party and people start eating cake.
You may even start developing a whole new passion for making
desserts. If you are lazy, however, you can make a healthy dessert where one
batch will last you for two weeks. In my household, we rely on these chocolate
fudge fat bombs.
They are pretty much pure fat, and remind me of chocolate
ice cream. These fudge blocks are incredibly indulgent, and I highly recommend
that you give them a try. As each serving has 200 calories, they are easy to
fit in at meal times. I can have a block at each meal, and just ensure that the
rest of the meal only has about 300 to 400 calories.
Fudge Brownies for PCOS
tbsp. cacoa powder
3 tbsp. xylitol/erythritol
chocolate, broken into pieces.
coconut oil in a saucepan and reduce to simmer once hot. Whisk in the cocoa
powder, and add in the coconut cream, xylitol, and dark chocolate. Stir until
the chocolate has melted and all of the ingredients are well-combined. Remove
from the heat. Leave for two to five minutes to see if the mixture starts to
split. If it does not, you can pour the mixture into moulds, a baking tray, or
casserole dish. If it does, keep it in the saucepan and whisk every 10 to
15 minutes until it looks like the mixture is starting to keep its thick
consistency. You can then pour it into a baking tray, moulds, or a
casserole dish. Place in the fridge for an hour or the freezer for 10 to 15
minutes, slice into blocks and enjoy,
tend to melt, so it is best to eat them soon after taken out of the fridge.
If you want to lose weight with PCOS the indulgent way, you
can do so. You can lose weight without eating boring foods, and become
healthier at the same time. The indulgent eating principle also applies to the
rest of your diet.
If your biggest weakness is pizza, there is a healthy recipe
out there that you will love. Cannot live without mac and cheese? Find a
low-carb version on Google or Pinterest. A whole new world of possibilities
opens up when you realise that almost any indulgent meal or dessert has a
healthy alternative that will be better for you and actually help you manage
your PCOS symptoms, instead of making them worse.
If you try the fudge brownies, let me know what you think.
As much as I love health and wellness, I also love sweet treats and
experimenting with healthy recipes.