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So, from this perspective, it may be easier for a person to lose a hundred pounds if they have never been on a diet than if they have repeatedly been gaining and losing weight. Weight cycling also results in about one in three dieters ending up heavier at the end of each cycle than they were before, which is entirely counterproductive.

Because dieters lose both muscle and fat when dieting but tend only to put fat back on, there is an overall increase in the percentage of body fat when weight cycling. For people who have a hard time sticking to a diet, the 5: A variety of forms of this diet exist, but basically, dieters eat how they like five days a week and fast or eat very few calories the other two days of the week. Because it does not ban any foods and the deprivation aspect of the diet is only in effect for two days of the week, it is easier for many people to stick with.

It may cause side effects during fasting days, and some people are prone to overeating on other days to make up for the loss of calories. There is not a lot of scientific evidence on this diet.

The Paleo diet appeals to people who want to eat in a less processed, more natural way. Again, there are a variety of forms, but this diet involves eating like cave dwellers were purported to have eaten.

The only food that can be hunted or gathered can be eaten, which eliminates grains, dairy and processed foods. The South Beach diet is a good plan for people who want advice on how to eat a balanced, healthy diet that does not rely on severe restrictions.

The first two weeks of the diet involve eating lean protein, unsaturated fat, and vegetables, but after that, it broadens into a diet plan that incorporates low glycemic-index carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. There is the potential for side effects during the initial phase of restricted eating, and it does not offer a simple list of prescribed and prohibited foods like some diets do, but it meets the criteria for healthy eating based on scientific evidence.

Slim-Fast makes a line of prepared foods and shakes that make it extremely simple for dieters who want this kind of structure. In the beginning, dieters are advised to eat only Slim-Fast products , which provide all essential nutrients. After a while, the plan broadens into eating a meal replacement shake, two Slim-Fast snacks and two healthy meals a day.

This kind of diet requires that the dieter enjoy the Slim-Fast products, or they are unlikely to be able to stick with it.

In addition, careful planning is required to meet the recommended allowance of fruits and vegetables every day while on this plan. Weight Watchers offers a support system for dieters as well as the diet plan itself, which can be appealing to some people. Meetings help keep dieters accountable and may increase motivation to stick with the diet. Weight Watchers revolves around a point system, where dieters are given a certain amount of points to spend each day, plus a safety net of a certain amount more points for the week.

Every food is given a point value based on calories, fat, fiber and protein content. Fruit and vegetables are unrestricted, and no foods are off limits. However, learning the points system can be tedious, and the program may not teach dieters very much about the principles behind healthy eating. Atkins 20 or Atkins 40 maintains many of the familiar features of the previous form of the diet. Dieters are started on an extremely low-carbohydrate allowance of grams per day.

Fat and protein are unrestricted, and dieters may eat any fat and protein that they like. After the initial period, carbohydrates are added back in until dieters reach their ideal carbohydrate balance for weight loss and maintenance. Unfortunately, while a low-carbohydrate diet may not be a bad thing, a diet that does not emphasize the role of healthy fat, fruits and vegetables run counter to current knowledge about healthy eating.

Proponents of the Alkaline diet believe that certain foods make the body too acidic, which causes fat retention and eating differently can cure this problem. The diet itself advocates cutting back on foods such as meat, grains, processed carbohydrates, dairy and alcohol, in favor of fruits and vegetables. The theory of how this diet works has very little evidence behind it and the body is known to self-regulate its acid-alkaline balance.

However, the diet itself contains mostly healthy foods and sticking to it can induce weight loss by switching out high-calorie foods for lower-calorie ones such as vegetables. Popular diet plans to lose weight all run into the same hurdle: People who do not stick with their diet do not continue to lose weight, and in fact, many regain it all and more.

OMG — what an experience. Thanks for sharing this. I also gained weight and and it stuck around for a few years despite being active and eating well. I think a plant-based diet can be a big help when it comes to healthy weight loss. All this speculation about what your hormones are doing before during and after meno is just that, speculation, and it is so different for every woman that there cannot ever be one solution to help everyone, IMO.

I have never had kids. Never had a belly. Wore the same size 4 clothes for 20 years. Had one ovary removed at age And it was terrific, I loved every minute. The I turned 50 in and, literally overnight, my blood pressure got too high and the weight started to go up quickly. I worked out harder. I went vegan for a while. It helped me get my weight down as long as I exercised twice a day, and I did.

I lost 10 pounds. Then I went back to workouts once a day and the weight started to shift upwards again. I have no qualms about being a guinea pig, so I did some research on progesterone and started taking bioidentical mg a day prometrium , along with the HRT patch as directed. After a month with no change I could detect I shifted to mg a day.

And it works really well. I was hungry all the time the 2 months I was on mg, and my weight has shifted another 6 pounds up, all around my waist. I never stopped working out the entire time, and had a protein shake for lunch every day, almonds for a snack, and veggies for dinner. But the quantities of my usual healthy choices increased because I was so hungry. I am post-meno now 1 year, and after the prometrium disaster I am off everything.

No patch, no nothing. Then I will get tested and go from there. My waistline has expanded so fast in the past 3 months, can I really know it was the added prometrium? Well, I know hungry a lot. But would this have happened anyways? No way to tell. A friend of mine, 15 years older, told me of her experience. Her weight shifted 25 pounds at meno, she thought she would lose her mind because she had been thru gastric bypass years before and never broke the rules.

Just like that, without her really thinking about it. I made it through with belly in fine shape and skin looking GOOD. It was a difficult time in my life, but think I did as well as I did due to the bio-identical progesterone. Fatigue was the worst, and I was not spared of that. Arthritis seems to kick in the second menopause gets serious.

Again, I have not been spared. However, I look pretty darn okay! Belly fat — so sick of it! I had an emergency complete hysterectomy nearly two years ago, and I went from a trim, fit, athletic woman to a mushy flabby mess! I am 5 feet tall, I weighed lbs before surgery; I have gained 25 lbs since surgery.

I crave junk food, sugary sweets, and bread all the time. Prior to surgery I ate very healthy foods everyday — nothing processed, no fast food. It seems like an uphill battle all the time. I feel as if I have gone from a youthful vibrant woman into an old lady.

The lack of energy is a tough symptom to deal with as well. I take bio-identical hormones, and have done well with them. OK folks — from reading your posts it stillllll looks like you need some help — So here it is —. This drink works on everyone — yes even men!!. First let me say: Hi Gavi — well, this is a first.

Thanks for your comment. And here is why: Yes our little buddy the bee — God got it right — That little bee supplies you with everything your body needs. The last time I looked we do not sprout leaves or stay in the sun — no folks we are not plants. And our cells do not recognize anything that we ingest or rub on our skin as anything they can use because the cell structure is different. We are mammals and we need real amino acids, enzymes, protein — and that does not come from a plant.

Start slow with the amount you take — and work up to 3 tablespoons a day — CC pollen has a fabulous web site that will give you tons of information on the bee hive — no I am not affiliated in any way with the company I personally order my fresh bee pollen from Marc at Honeyville in Durango Colorado again I am not affiliated in any way with their company I will tell you they have the Best fresh pollen anywhere. Here is how I take it everyday of my life — I put a spoon full in my mouth and drink it down with water.

I think a lot of it has to do with the artificial things we are eating instead of real food. Take a look at what we are eating and see how many things are chemicals instead of food.

I think that these things also do affect our hormone levels, even if we think we finally have it all in balance. Testing is all point in time but our food intakes fluctuate from day to day.

That would be setting myself up for failure. I need to focus on it for a year before I can work my way thru the holidays. What else has changed in our bodies that is different from before menopause? And it seems, no one has a clue what that is. I gained a lot in my middle due to the Vivelle dot. I had a hyster at 36 and did not have any problems until age when I went into menopause. The estrogen in the Dot did help with all my symptoms but the downside was the weight gain and mostly in my middle.

I went from a to a 14 in 3 months. I looked 5 months pregnant. I have tried everything from just estrogen to Biodenticals progesterone and estrogen. All of it made my stomach stick out. I am sick of it. I am now off everything except vaginal estrogen. I am so concerned. I am 62 and have two grandchildren, yet I feel young inside my brain.

Eliminating wheat, dairy, soy and most oil no salad dressings except when in restaurants, for example helped me lose pounds. And exercise is a must. But another factor is sleep. Thanks for sharing your story. Started having night sweats in the past 3 months now. I went to gyn…. She tried to tell me there is no such thing as menopause weight gain, and said its a myth.

She wanted to send me for a cat scan…. Gonna try the no soy, no wheat and no dairy and see what happens. I do have the tummy bulge though. My periods stopped at age 43 after my last child was born just shy of my 41st birthday…. I thought I was pregnant again! What a horrifying scare!! I did go on a diet that was free of dairy, wheat, soy and even oil and the pounds and belly fat melted away.

Of course, I was exercising a lot too. Try some high quality tonic water with lemon instead. I put it in a wine glass and it feels like a treat. I am 59 yrs. I started menopause at age 50; and do not take any hormonal therapy.

I am a Weight Watchers Life Time member keep my weight in check and exercise 5 days a week. Or could it be the dairy, the wheat bread, etc. Any good suggestions for diet restrictions in order to lose belly fat??? Hi Colleen — the same thing happened to me — I gained five pounds so rapidly. I tried for two years to take off the pounds, but nothing worked until I eliminated soy, wheat, corn and dairy products from my diet, cut out the wine and even olive oil mostly.

This, in addition to my exercise, caused the weight to peel off. I feel so much better that I more or less stick to this way of eating all the time. I also drink green tea.

I also recommend reading the blog called HappyHealthyLongLife. Its written by a medical librarian who writes a lot about nutrition. Let me know what you think. Then, if your weight gain proves to be a result of hormonal changes, you should seek out a naturopathic doctor or an integrative medicine expert to help you find the right set of solutions — nutrition, exercise, supplements, herbal remedies, HRT if you choose, even Yoga!

See my blogpost on deep breathing too. It works for a lot of women! I went from a size 2 petite to a tight 4. The belly fat is keeping me from wearing many of my summer work dresses and my pants are tight in the thighs. What is going on and what can I do to help beat this weight gain? I had a hysterectomy at 49 and currently wear the. Unfortunately I have a PPO for health insurance which limits me seeing any doctor without a referral from a relucant physician.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Lynne -thanks for sharing your story and advice. It sounds like you have yet to find the right set of solutions i. Have you found a medical professional M. Around age 44 gained 30 lbs in 1 year. Was eating some unhealthy food and not exercising but nothing that would have me gain that kind of weight that fast when I was younger.

Tried bicycling, swimming, counting calories. Did the low carb diet and lost 14 lbs in 7 weeks. Gained the 14 lbs back. Lost a lot of weight doing gluten-free as well. At age 46, now weighing , tried the raw vegan diet and WHOA!! Lost 35 lbs in 2. And with NO exercising. Gained back 30 of those 35 lbs. I think gluten is a big factor in weight gain for everyone, and at our age it takes a much bigger toll for some reason. Now at age 49, hot flashes, weight Doc put me on prometrium due to extremely low levels almost 0!

Still having hot flashes. Bottom line on belly fat is, I believe, cut out as much sugar, gluten, and refined carbs as you can and you WILL lose weight! Hope this info helps some people. It sounds like you need some really good advice, and not from me. First, find a doctor — a naturopathic doctor or one who specializes in hormone balancing, functional medicine or integrative medicine. They are the type of doctors who will order up the right tests so they can see what is going on with your hormones and adrenals.

They will also be knowledgeable about botanicals, supplements, and other options that you can try. If you go to http: You might want to try a telephone consultation with the doctors at womentowomen. I hope you get the help you need. Thanks for visiting my blog. Please, please do your own research on bio-identical hormone replacement!. I know this because I have done the research.

I have lost weight. For about a year, I could feel it coming on…felt like my digestive system had basically stopped functioning…. I was never hungry, always feeling bloated…. I was taking estrogen as part of standard HRT, with the prometrium pills. I am off estrogen forever, and we are all done with anything other than organic milk.

Cayenne pepper with meals might have assisted with getting the ball rolling, but the only thing I have done consistently is the progesterone cream and switching to organic milk to avoid the hormones.

I read on some site to use the progesterone cream at night, and that might be helpful for anyone who has some side effects. I personally believe in it. My lips are full again, and my face looks more youthful. I have recently moved to a more urban location, and I am really very surprised to see the number of docs who are specializing in the bioidentical approach.

I have been battling chronic fatigue, but found a good website finally about it. Napping is a bad thing to do. Green smoothies are great for energy, fill you up, and give you all those servings of fruit you are supposed to eat in a day without the effort of chewing it all.

Toss in a little kale, and you have a super healthy drink that will fill you up. They are recommending light for fatigue, B, DHEA, and a dab of cortisone cream to offset cortisol loss due to stress…. Nearly every mid-life woman struggles with weight gain and a lot of other menopausal symptoms including depression, hot flashes and insomnia. So, please…talk to a nutritionist or integrative medicine specialist, or a naturopathic doctor to see what they advise and increase your exercise.

The exercise alone will give you more energy and make you feel better emotionally and physically. Thanks for visiting and participating in this discussion. Hi Christine — given your family history of heart disease, I would consult a medical professional — either an integrative medicine specialist or a naturopathic doctor who can suggest supplements to help you through the menopause transition if you are unable to take hormone therapy. I would not take testosterone cream without first discussing this with someone who specializes in hormone balancing.

You may not be deficient. There are also side effects to be aware of like acne, or irritability. Better to spend it on testing first and then use only the products in the right doses that are truly helpful to you. The elimination diet is not a weight loss diet. You eliminate all the possible culprits and then add them back to your diet one by one. I did this last year and felt so much better that I continue to eat that way, though not as strictly. The foods I eliminated included: I lost all the weight that I had been trying to lose for two years with no luck.

After reading all of the comments on here, I am so relieved that I am not alone in my battle to find answers to my belly-fat issues. I was having a lot of the symptoms that all of you are talking about — hot flashes, mood swings, depression, lack of sleep, migraines, but the one that gets me the most is the gradual weight gain.

Which by this point, I probably am! I want to get this under control before it gets worse. I go to the gym faithfully and I eat organic foods. My calorie intake is minimum.

There has got to be some answers for us! My parents and maternal grandparents all died early of heart disease. Does anyone know of a natural substitute?

I am going to the health store today to get some testosterone cream. What is the elimination diet? Thanks for your comment Jeanne — after two years of weight gain, the elimination diet finally helped me to lose that weight.

It just peeled off. I take synthroid but have avoided any other hormones or drugs. So far menopause symptoms have been rare other than umm… brain freeze and occasional migraine headaches which I never had before. LOL No I am not on birth control it is just funny that at my age because I am still having my period and my meno numbers are not in meno yet that they are concerned I could get pregnant…ALso my husband was fixed years ago….

Cortef or hydrocortizone is a natural steriod and they saved my life 7 years ago when I was really really in adrenal failure…I did not know what was wrong at the time as my nautral thyroid meds would not work so I found the site: So I talke to my doc about it he put me on cortef.

The thing is though I was really bad most people it only takes a few months I had to be on it 9 months b4 I felt better and when I felt better I was back to my normal healthy self again. We got a sailboat this summer and I partied my stupid brains out long nights too much food and alcohol and I was smoking a little too. Linda — I had to read your comment a few times to grasp all that is going on.

How are you feeling? I am also 60 and still having a regular period my mom was 64 when they put her on prempro 40 yrs ago for her period and fibroids and she got breast cancer in 6 weeks My aunt was 68 when she had her last period..

I have been on compounded progesterone cream mg twice a day with testosterone for over 7 years as I am estrogen dom. I also take a natural thyroid. Itried taking estrogen because I thought I was getting hot flashes this summer but it didnt help and made me gain weight and then I found out that once again I had this 7 years ago I had worn my adrenals out. IMy doc put me back on cortef for a month and all of the symptoms hot flashes, restless legs, nightmares, sleeplessness and fatigue went away so I got off the estrogen and havent had a problem, I do have to say though I stopped my periods last June and they started again the week I got on cortef in August and are still on time every month.

I am very lucky though I have two wonderful docs…. One here in Ohio and one right over the border in Mi.

Hi Sandi — I had the same problem with weight gain — I maintained the same trim weight for 20 years until two years ago and then it was as if someone else had taken over my body. Every day I was a pound or two more. The only thing that helped me finally lose it, after two years, was going on an elimination diet. I continue to eat like that, with lots of exceptions. After that, everyone experiences it differently. Thanks for weighing in on this. Susan I totally agree with you. I weighted the same from age 15 to age 49, then the weight started coming on.

Have you seen Jane Fonda lately? I have some suggestions for finding a medical professional who can help you. Their website has a directory of physicians who have completed the program. Are you near that town? Alternatively, check the directory for the American Assoc.

There are some listed in the Denver area. Call first to see if they are experienced in hormone balancing. Another idea is to contact a clinic of female doctors in Maine called Women to Women http: They seem to specialize in menopause-related health care and they do telephone consultations.

Check out their website — they have tons of information. Let me know if you have luck with any of these resources.

I want to add that I weigh 20 pounds more than I did 2 years ago. I can live with this. I wish I could find a doctor who appreciates how terrifying it is to feel out of control of your own body like this. I see my story reflected in these comments and I just get more and more frustrated. Can you imagine if this happened to men? I am wondering, after reading this page, if I am estrogen dominant. I just ordered some DIM online. If it works I will share. In the meantime, if anyone knows a good doctor in the Denver area, could you post it?

My weight was the same from 18 to almost Then my thyroid went crazy. But my weight — I should say my belly — just keeps growing. Like many women here I eat well and exercise a LOT. The out of control feeling is the absolute worst. Whoa, Ginny — You have got to stop self-diagnosing and self-prescribing and see a physician or naturopathic doctor who can help you with hormone balancing. Find someone who will do the proper testing and work with you to find the right formula of products that will help you feel better.

One way to find a physician trained in integrative medicine is to go to http: Doc 2 had me on Divigel 1 mg and Prometrium 15 days per month. Over the course of maybe 4 months, I gained 15 lbs!!! The last 5 came on all of a sudden, and I looked 8 months pregnant, totally bloated….

Feeling of total fullness like stuffed…as in paralysis of stomach might have been stress-related and lasted maybe 1. Not sure if this create the dramatic explosion or not.

My menopause symptoms are leg aches and sleep trouble…no hot flashes, and estrogen did nothing to help with either. Having stopped the estrogen cold turkey, I have had no symptoms e. Makes me wonder why they put us on estrogen at all. Instead, I had some bioidentical progesterone cream and gave it a shot…. It would be so great to enjoy having larger fuller breasts and have this ugly abdomen disappear.

And, for hip and back pain, but myself some Skechers and just walking around the house in them a couple days has made a difference. Who says we have to get old and fat!!!! If you know anything about those products, please let everyone know.

I have added compound Bs in cream form. So it increases energy and mental focus I guess. But one of these 3 is making me feel a little itchy. I expect it is the Bs. I want to do this to stop the hot flashes once and for all. Everyone has on a coat and i am in a sweater outside? It is easy enough to change the dosage of all of this because it is in cream form and is prepared just for me.

So I am going forward. I think the Bs B12 especially are very important in later years. I truly believe all could have been avoided if they had kept their hormones in check. I have found that most doctors give the same generic advice to all women, take their money and run. I recently lost 10 after stopping estrogen but I have been dieting. I had a hyster at 36 and kept ovaries. Stayed slim for 20 years! I was a size at age 56 and had a flat stomach until my doc put me on Vivelle dot!!

In 3 months I had belly fat and was a My symptoms of meno were gone but I was got fat! After a year of that nonsense I started oral estrogen. Still did not lose. My new doc put me on bio progest and estro to see how I react. She said lack of progesterone was responsible for my 3 miscarriages and now my belly fat!! My doc said her 90 yr old mom is on bHRT and is still practicing law. She said we need bHRT if we want to stay youthful into our 60s, 70s. One thing about the bHRT, it can be adjusted for you.

With the pills or patch, forget it. I will let you know how I do with bHRT. Maybe she is right and I have always been deficient in the progesterone. I read that on proges your symptoms may be worse for two weeks then you even out.

I did get a little bump on my face so it happens. Your experience underscores the need to know how experienced your physician is with BHRT and pellets in particular. And always insist on proper testing prior to taking hormones to ensure that you are being given the appropriate dosage. The GYN had my levels so messed up that I was bleeding everyday for months on end and her only suggestion was to have a hysterectomy!

This did not sit well with me. I was so disgusted by the GYN that I knew I needed to find a different doctor who would try and figure out what was going on with me. I had my first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor and she was wonderful. She determined I was estrogen dominate and immediately put me on progesterone, the bleeding stopped within a couple of days. Imagine that, no surgery needed. I have now been on the progesterone only for about a week and testosterone. I had lost 5 pounds just before I started this new program and so far, I have been able to keep it off.

I will keep you posted. Hi Juliette- I recommend that you consult a doctor — one who specializes in integrative medicine or naturopathic medicine and will do the proper testing to determine your hormone levels.

With that information in hand, a holistic-minded physician can prescribe a combination of supplements, diet and perhaps hormones that will make you feel better. The symptoms you are experiencing are very typical of the menopause transition, so please…get some help!

I am 51 soon to be I have lost about 8 pounds but think it is due to menopausal bone loss. However, it appears that I have gained inches around my waist. I now look sick because with the frame I have I need to have more weight, just not around my belly.

I work out but not consistently. I was on premarin, it made me feel bloated therefore I stopped taking it. I now have problems focusing, staying asleep, remembering and lots of sweet cravings. Any comments and suggestions are welcome. I exercise regularly roughly 6 hrs in the gym, weights, cardio, yoga and time outside the gym as well playing hockey. After years of working hard to maintain my weight and shape, this is incredibly frustrating feeling like I am out of control.

Thanks for your comment and your great research. I appreciate your sharing these valuable links. When I can, I always point out conflicts of interest in research that I write about or link to.

The way I now read and write about research studies is that they are biased until proven otherwise. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. So, the following links are very very informative. Up until now I was under the mistaken notion that the medical journal sites that I liked were published unbiased data from clinical trials. But there is one problem. There are some that are heavily biased by those selling products that will then further influence the physician— who in turn influences YOU.

So much for trust! One day, looking at an articles footnotes for additional reading, I recognized a name. I discovered the doctor involved in testing this wrinkle cream was promoting it in this article but he was part of the group profiting from promoting it as this amazing wrinkle cream. It was a wake up call for me. That brings me to my second link s from the University of Mass. Here you will find the clinical trials, many related to estrogen, that are brief, accurate.

There is no vested interest other then to report the data and explaining it. In otherwords, it helps yo make up your own mind, based on trust worthy information.

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