Hi - I'm a longtime reader/lurker here, but only recently dug up this old account so I can talk with all of you.
So, here's my situation:
I'm 24 years old and have lost over 100lbs. I did it mainly through crash dieting/starvation because no matter what "reasonable" diet I did, I couldn't seem to lose any weight. The only 'okay' thing I did while losing weight was go keto for several months. I hit a plateau but continued to eat that way for a long time (six more months) because for the first time in my life, I was eating *and* maintaining my weight.
Recently, I discovered that I have had PCOS since puberty, and adding that to my teenage situation of unnecessary psych meds (Depakote's a bitch) and foodstamp nutrition (ramen, ramen, ramen)...yeah, I got fat. And my testosterone levels are through the roof!
I received this diagnosis _after_ losing the weight. Now, riddled with loose skin (that is clearly still full of fat), I'm almost convinced that my only real option is massive surgery that I'll never be able to afford.
I've been advised to return to a low-carb/ketogenic way of eating. Okay, no problem, right? I know how to do that! Wrong, apparently. I'm now taking metformin for my PCOS-induced insulin resistance, which by all accounts should be making weight loss easier, ESPECIALLY in a very low-carb lifestyle. Yet it seems I can't seem to make the remaining weight/fat budge, even after over a month of religiously eating under 20g net carbs daily and taking the medicine with every meal.
I realize that exercise is a big one here, and having just come out of the deepest depression of my life, I'm happy to say that I'm ready for action, but I have no clue what the hell I'm doing. Some very serious social anxiety keeps me shying away from the gym, but I'm starting one of those 'work out at home for fat, sad shut-in' programs immediately, since I need to be doing SOMETHING. Hopefully this will help accelerate things for me.
I'm looking for anyone with experience or ideas in this department, do you have any nutritional advice/recommendations for me? Bear in mind that I am in college, do not qualify for foodstamps, have zero parental assistance, and pay for everything with the paltry student loans I am allotted.
At this point I eat a lot of eggs, chicken, ground beef, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus (when it's on sale...), and tea.
(5'5", highest 263lb, current 165lb after a ~10lb backslide)
Thank you guys in advance =)