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menopause and weight loss?


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Are they mutually exclusive? Having a really hard time! Anybody else out there that can relate and maybe offer a tip or two?

Edited May 07 2012 00:40 by coach_k
Reason: Moved to Weight Loss Forum as more appropriate
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I can relate to the fact that I didn'' have a weight problem till I was in my 40's. I don'' have any tips to offer, just share your pain.

I'm right there with you.  I quit smoking at 40 and gained 20lbs.  I lost it by going to WW and walking 3 miles a day.  Now, I'm almost 58 and constantly having to watch what I eat.  It sucks.  I keep gaining and losing the same 15 lbs. for the last 18 years.  Right now, I'm about 5 lbs from where I'd like to be.  5lbs, that's it! but do you think that I can get motivated to get it off?  Nope. It sucks.

I have recently quit smoking.. 9 weeks and am amazed how quickly the weight came on.  I shouldn't be when I realize that I gave myself permission to eat pretty much anything in sight.  Now being 53 I have to really put in the effort and it is taking real effort.  So, I have no tips to offer other than I can certainly relate to the issue. 

Well I can't relate since I'm 22, but I can explain the science of it from my human anatomy course.

Estrogen is one of the primary female sex hormones. This is mainly released through the mature follicle during the menstrual cycle. THe secondary sources are the liver, adrenal glands, breasts and adipose tissue (fat). The body tries to make up decreased estrogen from follicles by creating more fat.

In addition there is a decrease in thyroid hormones and muscle mass which leads to a lower BMR.

I suggest making sure you are getting a ton of vitamins to up your energy levels and put a larger emphasis on weight training. Of course keep up with cardio as well. One thing you might like is my "super smoothie" I make. It is basically any fruit you can find (I like blueberries, strawberries and a banana) with 0% greek yogurt, spinach and fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice (tropicana also works).

Weight loss can still be done during/after menopause, but it takes more work. 

Hope I helped :)

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very helpful mwhite!

i haven't hit menopause yet, but am definitely struggling with the slide in estrogen and the increase in fat storage.  i am almost down to the weight i was 12 years ago, but my waist is probably 2 inches bigger now. 

if there was one thing i had wish i had started sooner, its resistance training.  just going to keep at it in an effort to improve my shape and build strength before hitting M...

 

 

OMG car2012 you are so similar to me....Only I just turned 54 and it was 2 years on Feb 1st that I quit smoking.  The only way I was able to quit was to also give myself permission to eat what ever I wanted thinking it was the lesser of 2 evils.  At 8 months of being a non smoker I thought I was far enough along to put my will power to lose the 50...thats right 50 pounds I had gained....So I lost the 50 with diet and exercise...  Then I slipped and totally tore my ACL in my right knee, so no more exercise for me.  Slowly I gained 25 back, I am so ashamed that I did that.  I had knee surgery in Feb and can do my elliptical again and  have been back on my diet and exercise for about 2 months now.  I have lost AGAIN 10 of the 25 I need to be back where I was...I can do this and will be back to what I weighed last June, and I just might be there by the end of June....woot woot! So, it can be done, its just a lot harder...

 

From duplicated thread in New Members (now deleted)

Original Post by Breaks:

Hello, I am older than you (62), but your story is a lot like mine. I sit all day behind a desk. There is always food around the office. This is probably my 100th diet. I have decided to make up my own diet from two books I read. I need to lose 40 lbs . So I am on a 1200 calorie, 30-35 gram of fat only a day. I just need a Buddy too. I am short, so you would probably need more calories. Let me know if you want to team up. Vickie

I'm 52 and have noticed the effects on weight loss.  Thanks mwhite for your post! Good to know why this was/is so much harder. I was able to lose 40 lbs. and am working on final ten, but it took a more concentrated effort (exercise and appropriate diet) and just went more slowly than I would have liked. I didn't have a good exercise routine, though, and that probably would have helped things go much faster. I was doing no strength training and only one form of cardio (walking).

Trying to lose weight at this age totally sucks, but it is possible. The hardest part for me was sticking with it in the first two months since I didn't see much weight change until then. I guess that's the only help I can offer.

I can relate.  I quit smoking in 2007, just as the perimenopausal symptoms were appearing.  I ballooned!  I had never had a weight problem before, and I could easily drop a few pounds by spending more time on the treadmill, eliminating something in my diet, i. e. white sugar, flour.  This was different.  I also gave myself permission to eat more when I first quit smoking, although I typically sucked on hard candy and drank lots of water.  Even when I resumed a "normal" diet I continued to gain weight.  My body transformed from pear-shaped to apple-shaped with that offensive gathering of fat around my waist.  Doctors kept telling me, "Eat less, exercise more."  I was already doing that.  It didn't work.  In fact, one doctor advised me to keep it at 1200 calories per day!  I now understand that kept me in "starvation" mode.  I would deprive myself for weeks, even months, and then I'd go on a binge out of frustration when I couldn't lose anything.

I came to CC last summer, and to be honest my goal was to accumulate a calorie log over an extended period, just to prove to my doctor that I was watching calories.  I was shocked when the recommendation was that I eat 1600 calorie per day!  I expected to gain even more!  But I did it--and the weight started coming off.  To date I have lost just over 50 pounds.  I feel terrific, and I have learned so much.  I know that this is a bit more challenging than it was in my pre-40s, but it is possible.  I still have another 35 pounds to lose, and the loss rate has slowed a bit.  Even so, I've added strength training to my routine, and I'm able to include more challenging cardio.  Harder, yes, but also possible.

Ok, how do I know If I'm entering menopause (I know, stupid question, right)? I know the main symptom is the loss of your period. I had a hysterectomy when I was 32, so that isn't an issue. I'm now 47. I am experiencing some pretty bad hot flashes and mood swings, not to mention my weigh loss is getting harder and harder. Is there a way to find out for sure if this really is the beginning stages of menopause? My age seems about right for this. Is there a test that a Dr can do?
It's so nice to know I'm not alone! I am also working on a1200 calorie day, and wondering of I am sabotaging myself. I just did a BMR calculation, and if I did it correctly, I should be consuming approximately 1500 calories daily. I'm 5'3", 55 years old, and weigh in at a whopping 175.5. Scared of making that last number jump any higher! Thanks for all the tips add support! I will definitely check into resistance training!
Original Post by Leppardess:

Ok, how do I know If I'm entering menopause (I know, stupid question, right)? I know the main symptom is the loss of your period. I had a hysterectomy when I was 32, so that isn't an issue. I'm now 47. I am experiencing some pretty bad hot flashes and mood swings, not to mention my weigh loss is getting harder and harder. Is there a way to find out for sure if this really is the beginning stages of menopause? My age seems about right for this. Is there a test that a Dr can do?

ETA:  No, it is not a stupid question.

I believe your doctor can order lab work that can confirm.  I know others with medical histories similar to what you describe.  Also, I began taking Prempro in December, and the relief from hot flashes was immediate.  However, I think that if you have had a hysterectomy you cannot take both estrogen & progesterone.  There are other options available.  I knoew one woman post-hysterectomy but not yet menopausal.  Her doctor had her taking Black Cohosh, which is available OTC.  She said it helped some.

Original Post by btoufexopoulos:

It's so nice to know I'm not alone! I am also working on a1200 calorie day, and wondering of I am sabotaging myself. I just did a BMR calculation, and if I did it correctly, I should be consuming approximately 1500 calories daily. I'm 5'3", 55 years old, and weigh in at a whopping 175.5. Scared of making that last number jump any higher! Thanks for all the tips add support! I will definitely check into resistance training!

Bolded above: most likely you are.

I am 54 (53 when started losing weight), 5'2" and my starting weight was 178, so very much your same stats. I lost 35 pounds in 27 weeks at 14-1500 calories. 1200 is much too low, and I had trouble staying at 1400 calories per day. I continued losing weight after 27 weeks, but very very slowly. I've upped my calories to about 1700 a day.

Most people here will tell you that 1200 calories is the bare minimum for an elderly, slight woman who has no activity at all.

Go to the Tools menu at the top of the Calorie Count screen and enter your stats and activity level to get the number of calories to end. Don't put an end date on your weight loss. You can either put in the lowest activity level and then enter each activity throughout the day (time intensive to do) or enter lightly active or the next step up depending on what you do. You need to aim for a 500 calorie per day deficient; no more than that. A 500 calorie deficiency per day will be 3500 calories per week; 3500 cals = 1 pound.

My first 35 pounds I thought "this is easy!" The next 7 pounds took about another 27 weeks, and I'm thinking "this isn't so easy after all." I still need to lose about 7 more pounds, and this is where I am stalled for now.

Thank you so much for the info! I'll let you know how it goes!

Menopause is a difficult time for most women. I can tell you this, it even effects athletes. I have been athletic most of my life. I did gain weight in my 40's and lost it with WW. Now I am 52 years old and menopause is causing havoc in my body. I exercise 8 hours a week doing resistance/weight training and cardio. I eat a very healthy diet and never eat processed or fatty foods. However, my appetite is the problem. I want to stick to 1300 calories a day. Often it ends up being 1600-1700 calories a day. It's clear that even with the extensive exercise regime that I keep every week, I still have to restrict my calorie intake. I'm just not burning calories like I did before menopause. At this time it is more difficult accomplish than it was when I was on WW. I clearly must reduce my calories. There is no easy way out for anyone at this stage of life. You must work hard. One thing I have learned is that you metabolism definitely slows down at this time, even if you are an athlete. Menopause effects all women. Your hormones control what is happening to you. Because of this, what worked before will not work now. You cannot eat the way you did before. You just can't! It is whole new ballgame for every women at this stage.

 

Ok, so I went to the Dr. and he ordered some kind of follicle test(?). He told me any result in excess of "26 ppm" indicates menopause. I tested at 146. Guess I'm in menopause!

Anyway, like I stated before, my weight loss has really slowed down. I wasn't looking to lose a lot, just that dreaded last 5 pounds. I increased my exercising, almost double it, but this was just mostly walking in the treadmill. Instead of an hour once a day, I started doing an hour twice a day (first thing in the morning, and again at dinner time). Also, increased walking at work. I DID lose that 5 pounds, but I've found I have to keep up the increased exercising just to maintain (and also reducing my calorie intake).

As someone stated earlier, it can be done, it's just a lil bit harder.

Yes menopausal period is quite difficult because it needs a bigger space of adjustments in your life, in the system of the body and your attitude. In this period women can hardly lose weight when you will have a hard time in your daily exercise. But, when you will have a mindset of weight lose I believe you can achieve what you desire to loss weight. It's better to do vegetable & fruit diet during this age.

Edited Oct 08 2012 22:16 by coach_k
Reason: debolded -- please reserve bold for emphasis, not entire posts (it's hard on the eyes)
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