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“Hillary Wright’s book on PCOS is a must-read for the millions of women affected by this common disorder. It not only explains the why of PCOS, but offers practical solutions that are critical to beat the disorder. This book empowers women to understand their bodies and live longer and healthier lives.”
--Michael M. Alper, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School
 
“This comprehensive, researched-based resource demystifies PCOS and offers hope to women with the condition. Wright’s wealth of professional knowledge shines through on every page, and I am particularly impressed by how deftly she translates the latest scientific studies about PCOS into specific diet and lifestyle advice that’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine.”
--Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author of Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy

About the Author

Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD, is the director of nutritional counseling at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF, a Harvard-affiliated fertility treatment center, and a nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She lives with her husband and three sons in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158761023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587610233
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By EweeSweetie on April 26, 2011
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This book gives a very nice overview of PCOS and a concise description of the syndrome. However, the diet plan that she lays out is quite complicated. It involves EXTENSIVE counting of carbs and basically, relies on the glycemic index to determine what and when to eat. For the most part, it is correct but it was too much for me to follow, while trying to cook for a family. Basically, I took control of my PCOS by:

1. Cutting out grains and refined starches (sugar, breads, pastas)
2. Cutting out root veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions)
3. Increasing protein
4. Increasing water.

That's it. That's all there is to it. I even allow myself one small helping of "Carb laden" food a day and have steadily lost weight and increased my fertility.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on November 30, 2010
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Very thorough and informative. From following the meal plan laid out in the book I have already lost 10lbs. in not even a week! This isn't just a "diet" book although it says on the cover. It helped me understand the syndrome. I have read two other very well written books about PCOS and this is right up there with them if not better. The author provides info on studies that are very recent about PCOS. I feel more comfortable about my condition. This book helped me feel empowered with the proper info and tools to tackle this condition. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has PCOS.
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Christiane Jones on January 10, 2011
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I was first diagnosed with PCOS nearly 18 years ago. After feeling as if the medical community completely ignored the condition, I gave up trying to halt the dangerous effects of my diagnosis and simply watched my hair fall out, my weight increase, etc. I've been on medications to counter the effects for over ten years and saw little improvement in my symptoms. Then, two weeks ago, a friend loaned me a copy of this book. For the first time in a long time, I was interested in learning more. I thought I had read it all. Wrong. Not once in all of these years has a physician told me to watch my carbs and that simple timing of the necessary carbs I do eat could really make a difference. I feel like an idiot for not making the connection sooner but, well, here I am. I am only about 12 pounds overweight. Not too bad for someone with PCOS but it is disconcerting because I watch as my weight slowly inches upward, no matter what I do. I don't fry food. I eat fast-food occasionally but try to pick healthier items from the menu and I am moderately active. I have always been a label reader but my focus was on calories and fat. Didn't really put much emphasis on the carb count. I couldn't figure out why I just kept putting on weight while I ate my low-fat, "healthy" food. Reading this was literally like a light bulb going on over my head. Can you say "Duh!" This book helped empower me to take charge and gave me a much needed boost of optimism...just enough to make me WANT to try again instead of simply taking a spectator's role. And, amazingly enough, it is working! I have lost seven pounds in just over a week. Most importantly, the diet isn't extreme. It is common sense and a plan that we should really be following anyway. No gimicks, no quick fixes. Just good nutrition and healthy eating habits presented in a way that makes you feel FULL.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meaghan Kaplan on March 20, 2014
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This book changed how I looked at carbs and PCOS. Every time I would try to lose weight by cutting carbs, I was weak and miserable. I thought I could never manage my insulin resistance without medication and its awful side effects. This book has changed my life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Payne on May 1, 2011
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This book did a fantastic job of not only explaining what I needed to do in order to focus my eating habits, but also explaining WHY it is important to do it. I would recommend this book for anyone, especially those who are battling PCOS.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hope Warshaw on February 23, 2011
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - PCOS for short, may finally help you put the puzzle of your medical symptoms together. According to Hillary Wright, MEd, RD, author of The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS is the most common female hormonal disorder. It affects 5 to 10% of women and more than this number of women may experience several but not all of the symptoms.Wright says, "PCOS is a complex genetic disorder. It's incurable, but controllable." Sadly PCOS often goes undiagnosed for years until women face infertility issues or worse yet, it's never diagnosed.

Good news is that there's greater awareness of PCOS today, more cases diagnosed and better treatments. I'm particularly interested in PCOS and this complete guide from dietitian Hillary Wright because of the strong connections between PCOS and prediabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes. Let's just say research suggests that women who have PCOS are at much greater risk for developing metabolic syndrome, a precursor if you don't take action, to prediabetes (link to blog).

What's at the core of PCOS? Wright notes, "the driving force toward PCOS is insulin resistance." The same can be said for the continuum of metabolic syndrome, to prediabetes and to type 2. Fifty to 80% of women with PCOS are overweight. (The same can be said for prediabetes.) And 50% of women with PCOS meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome. Why some women develop PCOS along with insulin resistance remains a question.

Wright's book is divided into four parts and is about 250 pages in length. Wright dedicates part 1 to giving the reader an indepth overview of PCOS.
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