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2Good4us

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Posted: 16 Apr 2012, 18:36
I try to lose weight but I go up & down. I cannot seem tolose. I am older and I have been tolf that it is difficult to lose during menopause. Anyoneelse have issues losing during the time ofyour life? Any tips? I exercise 4 times a week for an hour each time.I come home sweaty form zumba as well as walk/run. I am so down about this that I have become discouraged and seem to fall off the healthy life syle often.

Need help....any suggestions or comments?
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 16 Apr 2012, 23:34
Are you tracking every morsel you eat? If so, are you able to maintain at or below a daily intake?

I'm older, too, and yet I have found a daily intake that will lead to weight loss if I stay below it. The hard part is staying below.

I was told once "you can't complain unless you can honestly say that you know, every day, how many calories you are eating".

I find myself going off track when:
- I eat more than I should
or
- I don't even track it, so I don't know what I ate
PreDiabSarge

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Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 09:12
I was like you - up/down, up/down - until my doctor told me I was prediabetic. I am on no meds so since then I track everything I eat. The first 10 pounds came off quickly as I reduced carbs (due to glucose) and increased exercise. Unlike tracking weight, tracking glucose levels gives you a more immediate (bad) result if you go off track. (Or if the waitress brings you a coke instead of a diet coke.) Don't be discouraged. I haven't lost anything in the last two weeks but have accepted that I am on a more gradual and hopefully sustainable track. Like you, I am also at the menopausal stage. Just keep at it and track, track, track. It wasn't until I started tracking that I realized how many extra calories I was consuming. Good luck.
Newness

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Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 19:49
Hi! I am post-menopausal now and the difference in how I lose weight is huge. I have to work out 3x a wk. I do a hard work out ie. pushups, squats, planks, weights for upper body. When I first started this after Christmas 2011 the weight came off quicker. Now I feel the need to add brisk walking as I'm losing much slower. I have never had to work this hard at losing lbs. but I will say its worth it. I don't regret it, that's for sure! I think if I didn't do this I would regret it. I have lost 20 lbs since Christmas 2011. I also count calories staying at 1400 a day on average I think. I feel so much stronger and 15yrs younger. Stay with it! It can be done. Smile
sacchimo

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Posted: 28 Apr 2012, 08:07
I am pre menopausal and work out doing P90X and P90X 2 and still could not lose weight. I finally went to an alternative medicine doctor who did a wide range of tests. Blood, stool and saliva. While waiting for my results I started a 21 day easy cleansing program and have seen some changes finally. Down 3 lbs in 7 days but the good news is that I finally got below 174! Haven't been able to do that even with all my workouts. Test results showed my adrenals are way off and my sugar levels are high, not to mention bacterial and yeast infections in my intestines and colon which means no matter how much I do I won't lose the weight. Sorry so much info but thought I would pass it along.
Newness

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Posted: 02 May 2012, 13:39
That's interesting, I have considered doing a cleanse and going to an alternative medicine Dr., maybe it's time Smile
eburks0

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Posted: 03 May 2012, 09:16
I am very discouraged, I had 3 surgeries and then had Vertigo which made me doing nothing for another 10 days after the surgeries. I have gained 25lbs in 7 months. The doctors are on to me about losing weight. If anybody has any advice I would appreciate it.
Katred12

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Posted: 03 May 2012, 12:48
I agree with westco bro, keep track of what your are eating. I do atkins because I'm celiac and the starch makes me retain water anyway. I not only count the carbs, I count the calories - the only way I can lose weight in recent years- used to be much easier. Lean meat and alot of begies- and you do like my son, who is nice and fit but he lost 40 lbs a few years back, and cut out the dairy too. I only eat a little bit of cheese for flavor on stuff now and then as well. Good luck and hang in there.

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KAHR2000

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Posted: 20 May 2012, 18:35
I was on Weight watchers and lost 30 pounds and then bam I stopped losing at all. So I tracked the calories that I was eating with all of those points WW says you must eat. I was eating over 2400 calories for the 32 points that they told me to eat. No wonder I wasn't losing. So now I am doing 1200 calories a day. In the last 6 days I have lost 4.8 pounds. If you stop losing analyze what you are eating from every aspect, then experiment. Nothing works for everyone.
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 30 May 2012, 09:52
WW points average 50 calories each. Your 2400 means that you were pushing the limits on what constitutes a point. 32 points should average 1600 cals a day...the regular plan also allowed another 28 points spread through the week, which is 1400 cals, so WW was trying to put you on 1800 a day. 1800 is my number and I'm a 175 pound older male. 1200 is pretty lean...unless you're a smaller woman, it might be too little. If you're physically active and feel light-headed or tired earlier in the day than you wish, that would be the sign. But, if you can do endurance exercise and not wear out, then the 1200 is OK.
Newness

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Posted: 30 May 2012, 13:49
I'm a 58yr old women and unfortunately I can't lose anything on more than 1200-1400 calories a day. How much I intake is decided on exercise load but I consider 1400 calories a day a high calorie day. Probably not what you're wanting to hear. I try to eat 30% of my daily diet in protein and another 3rd in fat as this keeps down the hunger and makes my low calorie consumption possible.
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 01 Jun 2012, 09:50
1200-1400 is not an unusual number if you're small. My 115-pound wife gains on 1200 if she's sedentary. I do not increase my intake if I exercise...I want the exercise to cause a weight loss, and if I "compensate" for exercise, then I don't loose. Regrettably, as we age, we need fewer cals.