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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Hillary uses very out dated theories that have not only been proven false but have been proven to cause the exact problems she is trying to 'fix'. My wife and I bought this book to try and enhance the knowledge we know of this subject. I read a book a week on health and wellness and this is by far the scariest book I've read in a while. I absolutely cannot believe she even suggests artificial sweeteners and that is just the beginning. Please be wary of the advises in here.
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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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This book is good for someone who is starting from scratch and knows little about nutrition and foods impact on health and healing. It is an OK way to get better than the standard American diet.

It is not a diet, in my eyes, that will bring about true healing of PCOS and female reproductive tract issues. To do this a person will have to eliminate processed package food, artificial sweeteners are not OK in any amounts, refined foods and refined grains have got to go, as well.

I was hoping to have a good reference book to offer to others. Following the USDA Food Pyramid is walking a path to poor health.

I am certain the information is great for the beginner. Deeper information is needed for those seriously interested in healing: holistic nutrition, 100% whole food healing.
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One of life’s many paradoxes seems to be waiting until you’re finally ready to get pregnant, only to run into delays and difficulty. I was beginning to experience this frustration and looked into my symptoms with my doctor; she noted my family history of diabetes and suggested I begin taking Metformin. For me personally, taking prescription medication is usually not a first option, so I researched alternatives that can help overcome PCOS symptoms. Several infertility blogs inspired me to consider changing my diet as one powerful solution, and my search brought me to Hillary Wright’s The PCOS Diet Plan. Ms. Wright clearly explains PCOS, the impact it can have on your hormones and health, and how you can influence your hormones and even the quality of your eggs by managing your diet. As an athlete, I trusted her advice and diet plan over others because she did not recommend cutting out carbohydrates or severely restricting them. Instead, Ms. Wright explains how to choose quality complex carbs and then distribute them appropriately throughout the day. The diet is balanced and easy, especially if you bake chicken and chop vegetables ahead of time. I didn’t know it at the time, but after one week of following The PCOS Diet Plan strictly, I ovulated much earlier in my cycle than usual and conceived. While there are many factors that go into successfully achieving pregnancy, I feel strongly that the information I learned from this book helped tremendously. If you are experiencing PCOS symptoms and are motivated to make dietary changes in hopes of getting pregnant, hold that dessert and read this book.
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