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.
Low-Carb Indulgent Fudge Brownies for PCOS
750ml coconut oil
400ml coconut cream
3 tbsp. cacoa powder
3 tbsp. xylitol/erythritol
80g dark chocolate, broken into pieces.
Heat the 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,
*These 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.