Reducing carbohydrate is very fashionable at the moment but really it is just a novel way of reducing calories and therefore weight. The 'Low Carbohydrate Diet" is a term used for very vastly different dietary regimes and nutritional completeness , yet talked about as if they are all the same thing. For example could mean - just removing pasta, bread, rice and starchy vegetables or less that 45% of energy coming from carbohydrate foods or having less that 50gm of carbohydrate/day.The two posting above are a perfect example of this.
To help you understand it is always wise to critically look at information you are given. One text recommends 20gm carbohydrate/day , which is their definition of a low carb diet. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/347395-a-low-carb-diet-for-pcos-symptoms)/This would mean that you would be unable to include any dairy products, fruit or any of the whole grain cereal grains the Dietitian recommends in the article, also only a limited quantity of non starchy vegetables could be included. So meeting your nutritional needs will be difficult which may affect other areas of your health especially long term. Also if carbohydrate is reduced, the chances are that fat will be increased. This can increase insulin resistance which is the very thing you are trying to overcome with PCOS.
Looking at the second text http://www.livestrong.com/article/347395-a-low-carb-diet-for-pcos-symptoms/, this boasts the same benefits as the diet above .They recommend 41% of your energy intake coming from carbohydrate. This is what they call a low carbohydrate diet as well. This would mean around 150gm carbohydrate/day if you were following a weight loss diet, more if not. This dietary regime is a much better way to go, if you want to be able to meet your nutritional needs through your food especially where you can include all those foods you would need to eliminate on the dietary regime above. The whole grains, such as steel cut oats, brown rice and quinoa that the Dietitian recommends in the above text could then be included. I am sure by now you can work out how different the amount of carbohydrate intake is, between both diets, and the large range of nutritional completeness, yet both regimes being called a "low carbohydrate diet".
A vegetarian/plant based diet ( which has little processed carbohydrate) is a high carbohydrate diet ( 60% of energy) with well researched health benefits, lower body weight, long term health benefits. A medierranean way of eating also has the same health benefits. Be a critical thinker. Don't be tricked by magazine journalism.
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