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Successful weight loss during menopause?

By April 12, 2009 - 6:48pm
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I probably have about 50 pounds to lose, and I am in menopause. I am exercising at a gym about 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time, and I am working on my food choices. I think I'm ready to try something a little more structured.

Here's my question: I know there are many good weight-loss plans, and that the key is choosing one and sticking with it. But before I do, I just wondered if there are women out there who have lost significant amounts of weight during menopause (when it's tougher to do so) and if so, how they succeeded?

Did you do it on your own, or maybe with a specific book? Did you use a program like Weight Watchers? Or did you go all the way to use one of the prepared-food programs like Jenny Craig or NutriSystem?

Thank you in advance!!

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I am going through Menopause and wasnt so aware that I was in the middle of it, but had started doing a bootcamp. There were plenty of women who were older. In their 40's, 50's & 60's!

Since the beginning of it, I had lost 12 lbs and loads of inches all over, increased my metabolism, and lowered body fat.
I started doing the 6 day body makeover which is protein every 3 hours along with veggies & brown rice or potatoes.

I do have to force myself to get out of bed early to do boot camp but once I'm finished I feel accomplishment and then go onto the gym for my regular workout.
Eating right is 80% of it!

Sometimes I'm lazy too! You do need to take a day off inbetween and relax too.Get out of bed & make it happen!
Its all about choices..

April 27, 2009 - 9:38pm

Dear Cyndi, thank you for your question, I am glad you are trying to achieve a healthy weight. You have a great attitude and are on the right path. So, let me ask you a couple of questions. How did you determine that losing another 50 pounds was your ideal weight? How long have you been trying to lose them? Are you gaining muscle mass?

I am always concerned with using the scale as my measure for success. People forget that muscle weighs more than fat. So with the work out routine you have, I would not be surprised that some of that weight may be new muscle. Have you been losing inches? That will be a more important question to answer.

What is your height? Age? Current weight? How many calories are you consuming daily? Has your weight stay the same despite all the work outs? If so, then you need to consider lowering your caloric intake. I am also curious about your diet, what are you eating? Are you taking any supplements?

Women going through menopause have a little more challenge losing weight, but it is not impossible. I do not like commercially available frozen foods because they are not fresh. Here are a couple of things you need to do before jumping into a commercial diet and incur the expense:

1. If you are eating 2,000 calories, try eating 1,500 until you achieve your goal. 40% veggies and fruits and 40% protein, 20% carbs (veggies and fruits have carbs, but I am referring to those like brown rice, oatmeal, barley, etc)
2. Stay away from white-bleached flours, wheat containing products (even if they are whole wheat) because they contain gluten and gluten interferes with metabolism by triggering inflammation at the cellular level. Also stay away from foods containing processed sugars.
3. Keep a diet high in raw greens, fresh fruits and high protein (lentils, tofu, beans preferably)and good carbs.
4. Do not eat after 7:00 PM
5. Drink plenty of water
6. Drink 8-10 glasses of green tea throughout the day. Green tea is a natural fat burner
7. Chew slowly (about 15 times each bite)
8. Try recipes from a mediterranean diet
9. Yoga and deep breathing exercises speed up the metabolism.

Let us know how you do. Wish you well

April 13, 2009 - 10:09pm
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