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Old 05-02-2011, 10:34 AM   #1  
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Hi there, I am dieting and exercising but the weight isn't coming off like it did 10 years ago. I am going through menopause. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Same thing here! Twelve years ago when I lost the weight I lost 2-4 pounds a week and lost all of it in 3 1/2 months (35 pounds). Now I'm lucky to keep losing 1 pound a week, but it is coming off, just alot slower. After menopause weight goes on faster, and comes off slower. However I'll take the slower weight loss over the misery that accompanied my reproductive years!!!!!
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Im in menopause too, and the weight doesn't come off very easily at all.
I don't have any particular advice, except to keep fit, and stay on plan.
I have lots of problems with insomnia too, (a common problem with menopause) in the last few years, and that doesn't help the weight loss either.
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I'm on the cusp of menopause (haven't had TOM in 10 months) and my weight loss is so slow as to be virtually non-existent . I eat less than a thousand calories a day, walk all day on the job, exercise before and after work and lose less than a half pound a month. It sucks.
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I'm on the cusp of menopause (haven't had TOM in 10 months) and my weight loss is so slow as to be virtually non-existent . I eat less than a thousand calories a day, walk all day on the job, exercise before and after work and lose less than a half pound a month. It sucks.
hmm, if you are true to your ticker, (5' 1" and 113 lb) you would seem to be at a good weight. That doesn't seem like enough calories, and I wonder if more (like 1200 or so) would be healthier.
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Hi there, I am dieting and exercising but the weight isn't coming off like it did 10 years ago. I am going through menopause. Does anyone have any experience with this?
Hi! I also am in menopause. Ten years ago this Sept. I had to have a complete hysterectomy- so it plunged me into menopause at 40 years old. I will turn 50 this year and I'm still having menopause symptoms. I use the harmone replacement patch- without it I am irritable and like a crazy person!!
I would suggest having some blood work done ordered from your doctor- get them to make sure that on top of menopause you don't also have hypothyroidism going on. I found out last year I was hypothyroid and they put me on that replacement. It really helped my sluggish metabolism and gave me wonderful energy. Also get your blood sugar, and cholesterol checked. Then you can breathe a sigh of relief and work toward your weight loss goals.
Try and stay motivated- take down all your measurements...lately I have not done too well on the weight loss but I am losing inches! The scale is not the only way to measure weight reduction. Eat healthy balanced meals, take long walks, drink lots of water and please don't starve yourself. It only sets you up for binge eating.

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I am just starting to try to shift excess weight (again) and am post -menopausal am now 53 - will be interesting to see if it makes a big difference. Will be a big test of will power without the good rewards I was getting a decade ago - 2 lbs a week like clockwork...
I'll keep you posted!
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hmm, if you are true to your ticker, (5' 1" and 113 lb) you would seem to be at a good weight. That doesn't seem like enough calories, and I wonder if more (like 1200 or so) would be healthier.

I tried eating 1200 calories a day for two months. Didn't lose a thing. Before that I tried 1400 calories a day. Didn't lose a thing. Ironically I lost my first 30 pounds eating between 1500 and 1800 calories a day. Then I stalled for two years.
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I was so glad to find this post, I am 38 and had a hysterectomy about 6 years ago now. I lost 55lbs when I went gluten free however now at 180 I can't seem to lose anymore weight. My thyroid comes back normal, I have been extremely strict with my diet and exercising regularly. Everyone keeps reminding me muscle weighs more than fat however I'm not losing inches either. I am not on a hormone replacement so I was wondering if this might make the difference.
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I'm new here and was hoping I'd find a thread that was addressing this issue. I'm a diabetic of nearly 10 years and been perimenopausal for about three years. Last fall and into the early part of the winter I lost about 32 pounds, easily. Then BAM I hit the wall. Nothing. Got down to about 197 and stalled.

It's the perimenopausal part that's seems to be doing me in... I think.

I don't think I've gotten any lower than that (except when I got sick and didn't eat hardly anything for about two weeks) and then my weight creeps right back up. A lot of is seems to be water weight, but whatever it is I seem to keep gaining and losing the same dang 10 lbs.

At first I was on a 12-to 15,000 cal diet. Made sure it was well balanced, minus unrefined carbs that tend to spike my blood sugar relentlessly. That, combined with my exercise led to swift and steady weight loss. But then it just stopped.

I tried dropping to 1,200 cal diet but I couldn't sustain that, I was always relentlessly hungry. By winter's end, I just freakin' gave up trying to lose, just maintain. Figured by spring, I'd be ready to try again.

So once it got warm, I gave it another shot. Started walking at lunch and going to the gym after work. Made sure I varied my cardio. Added resistance training in to tone and firm. I've also stepped up my game by making sure that I'm working out in my target heart rate zone building from 10 to at least 20 minutes a session. I'm encouraged (a little) because I've obviously lost inches, maybe even replaced a little fat with muscle cause I've gone down from a size 18W to a 16W. But for all my effort I've only recently lost two lbs. I now weigh 195 lbs.

I've been seeing a nutritionist for the past 2 1/2 months and the weight the 2.5 lbs that I've shed has only happened in the last week. I'm toying with the idea of becoming vegitarian and have recently stopped eating as much meat. Mainly fish and eggs and a whole lot more vegetables. This has been really hard cause I'm hungry more often than not eventhough I eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day. My biggest fear is that I cannot keep this up. Same with exercise. I fear that I won't be able to exercise like this forever and then the weight will creep back on. I really just wanted to find someway (a healty way) to get and keep this weight off.

With the loss of two pounds recently, I'm hoping I've broken this dreaded plateau.

Is there anyone here who, under similar circumstance finally broken their plateau and experienced sustained weight loss in a way they know they can keep going and eventually maintain.

If there is, please share. I needs some ideas. Help!

If so, what the heck did you do? Did you change anything like how you're eating or exercising?

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Old 08-31-2011, 02:33 AM   #11  
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I'm about there, too. I've been in perimenopause for a while and, at almost 49, I'm wondering each month, "Maybe this will be the month it'll start not showing up". My mom had her last period at 47 years, 8 months. So I thought I might stop early, too.

As for the weight loss, yeah, it's coming off a lot slower than it did years ago. It's just something that I have to accept.

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Old 08-31-2011, 03:03 PM   #12  
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I too am so happy to see this thread of posts!

I gained more than 40 pounds during the end of peri-meno, and now the weight is coming off only in fractions of pounds. It is so hard to stay motivated. I have found that I need to make extremely small goals in order to fend off the frustration. I reward myself if I stay on track for half a day, then again at the end of the day. I only weight myself once a month. A reward could be something big like a new sweater, or small, like a cup of my favorite tea in a beautiful china cup.

Would anyone be interested in keeping in touch on a daily basis? I could sure use the encouragement.

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Thanks so much for posting this. I am 45 yrs & feel like this will be my 'last chance saloon', at losing the weight, before menopause hits. I'd heard that losing weight becomes much harder, afterward.

I think I am in peri- menopause, at the moment, because I have had the odd hot flush & am really tired almost all the time. I've had quite a bit of thinning of my hair too & itchy skin. I've also found that, even when I eat hardly anything, the weight does not go down.

I started a new, calorie controlled, diet, on 5th Sep. I weighed myself last Monday, for the 1st time in over a year. I've had between 1000 & 1500 each day, drank 2 litres of water & done, at least, half an hours aerobic exercise. I am hoping to have lost at least a kilo by next Monday ... I'll keep you posted ....
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:37 PM   #14  
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I haven't had a period in two years and the gyno. says that I am in full blown menopause. I have some health issues that make exercise difficult, if not often very painful, but I typically eat well. Doing nothing different than before, I have gained 15 pounds and I was already about 30 pounds overweight before that. I am miserable and hate shopping, feel like I look horrible, and it is really affecting me emotionally too as I just feel worn out and tired all the time. The weight truly is just one of the issues of menopause...constant hotflashes, mood swings, insomnia, etc. But if I looked and felt better phyiscally, I think I could handle the rest better. What is the best diet to be on. I am allergic to eggs, so I have tried to stay away from Atkins. HELP!
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:29 PM   #15  
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I am menopausal at this time. I have many obstacles to losing the weight but never thought menopause was one of them. I found this thread very enlightening.
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