Menopause and weight gain

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bettyboopis2...

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 10:23
I have always been quite thin without having to diet or exercise but noticed after I turned 45 I was starting to gain weight. My Doctor indicated to me that this was due to being pre-menopausal and that because my metabolism was slowing down there was really nothing I could do. Sad I was quite dejected and pretty much just gave up for about two years. Now here I am disgusted with myself while having the lowest self-esteem of my life and needing to lose 40lbs. Is there anyone else who has experienced this and if so any suggestions on how to go about boosting my metabolism and losing weight? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did join my local YMCA and have restricted my calorie intake to about 1200 calories per day. (I started this on Tuesday) I spend about two hours a day at the Y doing cardio and the machines. My biggest fear is that if I don't see a difference at my next weigh in I will become discouraged and quit. Does anyone know when I should expect to see results if I continue with this strategy?


crabby_crass

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 11:19
I think 1200 is pretty drastic has your Dr. done blood work to confirm this is what your body requires to loose weight? Exercise can take the weight off but at first you will gain muscle mass, and muscle is heavier than fat..
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bettyboopis2...

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:16
My Doctor is very discouraging. She seems to think that because I'm 48 my chances of losing weight are very slim. I figured I would start out at 1200 per day and see how it goes. I am also exercising everyday so if I start seeing results quickly I may bump my calorie intake up to 1400.
apatrick1

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:18
I just read this article today about a study they did on menopausal women and weight loss. Maybe this can help.

http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2012/08/28/13509775-weight-gain-wont-budge-after-menopause-study-offers-diet-strategies
If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.-George W Patton
bettyboopis2...

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:40
Thanks for the info. I did check out the article and it gave me some insight on what my strategy should be. And congratulations on your weight loss!
apatrick1

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:44
Thank you! My mother-in-law is going through the same situation. She is eating healthy and exercising, but the weight won't budge. If you start getting discouraged, just think of all the other reasons you want to lose weight besides the actual weight loss (health, energy, etc).
If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.-George W Patton
Preggo38

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 13:30
Have you read the Dukan diet? Supposed to work well for menopausal women. Worked fabulously for me but i just turned forty. Read his book...it couldn't hurt.
Preggo38

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 13:35
...btw was and am working out 6 days a week 60-90 minutes a day (p90xn- weight training and cardio). In addition to Dukan but before starting was calorie counting and weight didn't budge for 2 months until i changed to Dukan
Minimizeme

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 14:54
My doctor had the same no solution attitude. I've quit eating meat and some dairy and I'm fineally losing weight again. I was shocked because I had taco's two nights in a row and then spaghetti the following and lost 2 lbs. Normally my weight pops up at least that much after eating high carbohydrate foods. I did not put any meat on my taco's, nor in the spaghetti sauce this time. Time (and commitment) will tell.
Jannabelle

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 15:54
It is definitely harder to lose weight and keep it off during/after menopause. One of the reasons is that we tend to move less, but eat the same amount of food, and that's not a good combination. I'm also realizing that trying to eat fresh foods vs. packaged/processed helps A LOT.
evelyn64

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 18:33
I am 48 and have lost 85 lbs over the last 4 years with a little spot in the middle where I regained some and had to lose it over again. The big clincher for me that got me off a 6 month plateau that ran from December of last year to May of this year, was weight training. I hired a personal trainer because I knew nothing of weight training - the machines, proper technique, what exercises to do for what muscles, etc. And I can't stress how much it changes the shape of your body for the better - more than just losing weight can do alone. Plus, the strength you feel in your body is amazing - I am in better shape now than at any other time in my life!

So don't let your doctor convince you that it is time to give up and accept where you are (in fact, I'd say get a new doctor - someone who isn't so discouraging and knows more about what he is talking about because, clearly, your doctor is missing some facts!). You are never too old to benefit from weight training. Cardio burns calories while you are doing it. Weight training burns less calories while you are doing it but you burn more calories, every minute of the day when you have more muscle mass on your body. I'm a believer!

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



FrostyLady

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 18:52
Bettyboopis, I'm 48 completelely menopaused for the past year and managed to loose 60 lbs while in pre menopause. It can be done if you put your mind to it!!! I too can say i'm in better shape than I have ever been!!! Even managed to run half a marathon this summer.Go for it!!!!!!!!!
Preggo38

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 20:14
I agree with evelyn....weight training is key. I hardly recognize me after 11 weeks of P90x. I intend to do another round when i finish. My twin brother is a personal trainer and he has always pushed weight training...should have listened to him more in my thirties. Smile
eKatherine

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Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 12:05
The fact is that as we get older, our metabolism slows down. The key is in consuming fewer calories than you use.

I think the 1200 calories a day diet should be a good start. Make sure you choose foods you like. Otherwise you will end up unsatisfied. Then you can adjust your intake up if you find you are able to and still lose weight. There is no harm whatever in finding out exactly how many calories you need to consume on a typical day, so you won't have to rely on charts that may not be accurate for you.
fatoldlady

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Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 12:31
I'm 55, menopausal and have a hypothryoid and still have managed to lose weight. I think you should find another doctor, I don't know why she says you can't lose weight. It might be slower and harder than when you were 20 but it is still possible.
HCB

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Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 16:53
I agree with many of the above comments! I am 57, post-menopausal and also hypothyroid - but have lost nearly 50 pounds and am still losing consistently by exercising enough to burn more calories than I consume. You CAN lose weight - it is harder to do than when we were younger...but it is very possible! You may want to find a more encouraging doctor, and use all the tools on FatSecret.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
Lee.bern

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 08:09
I believe it is totally possibly to lose weight while menopausal. Set realistic goals, use a journal technique and tool like FatSecret, and incorporate physical activity into your daily and weekly regimen. In January 2011, I made the realization that the extra pounds I was seeing was not muscle and that my metabolism was slowing down dramatically. This was a tough admission since I've been working out consistently for at least 15 years.

I'm 5'2" and was at 146 pounds and climbing. I knew that 1200 cal was too much too soon so I lowered my intake over the next 8 months until I could manage 1200. By August I had dropped to 123 pounds and had not changed my activity level. I already work out a minimum of 3 days during the work week and walk everywhere. My weight is holding and I'm feeling great. I will be celebrating my 57 th birthday this December.

Tips for post weight loss includes maintaining healthy eating habits, ie. not starving your body, continued and varied activity( change it up sometimes) and still journalizing your progress. FatSecret has been wonder tool for me.

By the way, be prepared to unload a lot of your larger sized clothing when you meet your weight loss goals!
Mrs Straubs

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 19:50
bettyboopis2cool wrote:
I have always been quite thin without having to diet or exercise but noticed after I turned 45 I was starting to gain weight. My Doctor indicated to me that this was due to being pre-menopausal and that because my metabolism was slowing down there was really nothing I could do. Sad I was quite dejected and pretty much just gave up for about two years. Now here I am disgusted with myself while having the lowest self-esteem of my life and needing to lose 40lbs. Is there anyone else who has experienced this and if so any suggestions on how to go about boosting my metabolism and losing weight? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did join my local YMCA and have restricted my calorie intake to about 1200 calories per day. (I started this on Tuesday) I spend about two hours a day at the Y doing cardio and the machines. My biggest fear is that if I don't see a difference at my next weigh in I will become discouraged and quit. Does anyone know when I should expect to see results if I continue with this strategy?

Bettyboopis2Cool I have the same probs. I started taking a drink of lemon juice a teaspoon of maple syrup and hotl water before meals and it has sped up my metabolism.
DarleneW101

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 19:55
I agree with these other posters that you may need a new doctor.
I'm 46, perimenopausal and losing weight. I've lost 42 pounds since the beginning of February. It is slower going than it was when I was in my 20's. But 42 pounds down is much better than no pounds down. We seem to all be losing weight in different ways and you may have to tweak things until you find what works for you. I have found that an 1800 calorie a day diet works best for me with very low carbs (25-35gs a day) and about 70% healthy fats. I feel better now than ever before. All of my blood work is excellent now (wasn't last year, that's for sure).
Keep at it. You'll find what you are after if you refuse to give up.
"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
boomergal

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 20:58
I'm new to the website, and new to trying to lose weight. There have been several points in my life where I needed to gain weight. Then menopause hit, and the years of a desk job caught up with me. A few pounds a year has added up over the last 13 years. Reading the posts gives me hope. I can and I will achieve my health and fitness goals.



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