‘Calorie Deficit And Barre Helped Me Lose 53 Pounds With PCOS’

My name is Jasmine May (@jasmineblogs_), and I am 26 years old. I live in Maryland and am a full-time social media content creator. After I had my son, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I worked with a registered dietitian to come up with a calorie deficit and started going to barre classes. Together, these changes helped me lose more than 50 pounds.


All my life, I had issues with my weight. It all started when I was around 9 years old. My entire family loves to eat, so I loved to eat too. I did cheerleading, but because of my eating habits, I wasn’t the fittest.

Around 14 years old, I started cheerleading in high school and got really serious about getting in shape. My parents got me my very first gym membership and instantly I fell in love with working out. I’d go four to five days a week in addition to cheer practice.

I dropped 30 pounds, and hit and maintained my lowest weight of 126 pounds up until my senior year of high school. That’s when I quit cheerleading and gained 15 pounds because I worked at IHOP and would eat really late at night because I always worked evening shifts after school.

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Once I graduated high school and went to college, I started birth control—and that’s when my weight spiraled.

I was ravenous, and I had no idea why. I figured it was the birth control, so I stopped taking it. Soon after, I found out I was pregnant with my son. At that point, I had gone from 140 to 190 pounds, and gained 30 more pounds during pregnancy. After I gave birth, I tried everything to lose weight, but nothing was working.

When my son was 5 years old, I went to see my doctor, who told me I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) following blood work and an ultrasound of my pelvic area. I didn’t have ovarian cysts, but my hormones were out of whack, which made it harder for me to lose weight. PCOS is not curable, but I learned that you can lessen the symptoms by implementing lifestyle changes. Being diagnosed with PCOS was such a relief because I could then start figuring out ways to reduce inflammation in my body and reduce the symptoms.

After I was diagnosed with PCOS, I was motivated to get healthier and to live a longer life for my son and husband.

When I stepped on the scale and saw that I was 253 pounds, I thought to myself, I am only 26 years old, and I refuse to live the rest of my life heavy, miserable, and at risk of having health issues down the road.

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So, I met with a registered dietitian who specializes in PCOS, and we came up with an eating plan that would work best for me.

For PCOS, it’s recommended to follow a low-carb diet plan, since those with PCOS often have insulin resistance. I did low carb the first two months into my journey and dropped the first 20 pounds.

Then, I started exercising more and realized that I needed more carbs throughout my day to fuel my body. I started doing more research on a calorie deficit diet, and with my dietitian we calculated my deficit. I have been following it ever since, and now I am down 53 pounds.

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Here’s what I eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: Overnight oats with Greek yogurt, almond milk, monk fruit sweetener, and strawberries
  • Lunch: Some sort of salad and protein
  • Snacks: Protein shake, salami, cheese, berries, boiled eggs, celery, or granola
  • Dinner: Steak or salmon served with basmati rice and a cooked veggie
  • Dessert: Halo Top ice cream or zero-sugar popsicles

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    I started exercising right away.

    I didn’t want to overwhelm myself in the beginning, so I just started with a 30-minute walk outside every day. My typical week of exercise now is barre class four to five days a week with cardio two to three days a week. I only take one rest day in between.

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    These three changes made my weight loss journey a success.

    1. Drinking lots of water. Water helps keep me hydrated, and I sweat a lot during my workouts, so it’s really important that I stay hydrated. I drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
    2. Carbs are great! Don’t be afraid of them. I was afraid of carbs for the longest time, but even with PCOS, my blood work is back to normal and I eat carbs every single day. They are essential when working out and lifting weights.
    3. Focus on “volume” foods. Something my dietitian went over with me was volume foods, which are foods you can eat in abundance for fewer calories. For example, cauliflower rice, berries, celery, broccoli, watermelon, etc. The list goes on! Eating and snacking on volume foods have helped me tremendously on this journey.
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        I have lost 53 pounds, and it took me six months.

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        Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Not every day will be perfect. It’s okay to reach for that donut instead of an apple—that overall balance is what’s key to successful weight loss. Don’t forget to love yourself during this whole journey! Last thing is to be patient, be consistent, and trust the process. I am still learning this every day myself!

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