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Why do some women lose their feminine physique and or when they gain weight during menopause?Our bodies looks manly.What can be done to prevent it?

Why do some women lose their feminine physique and or when they gain weight during menopause?Our bodies looks manly.What can be done to prevent it?

Don't fret: Aging is well, aging. Ask your doctor about the risks versus benefits of hormone replacement therapies. I am no menopause expert, but i work around many older women that swear by this. But talk to your doctor first about the risks before jumping in. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Why am i gaining weight during menopause? I'm actually eating even more healthily than i was before i started going through menopause, but i've gained at least 15 pounds. What's up with the weight gain, and how can I prevent it? .

Why am i gaining weight during menopause? I'm actually eating even more healthily than i was before i started going through menopause, but i've gained at least 15 pounds. What's up with the weight gain, and how can I prevent it?

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This : This is a very common complaint amongst women going through menopause. Most women gain between 5-20 pounds during menopause. This has to do with the change in the estrogen/progesterone production, and the slowdown of metabolism. It sounds like you are doing everything right, but are still having a problem. Be sure that your thyroid level has been checked and is normal, as hypothyroidism can cause weight gain and is a common occurrence. Seeing a nutritionist can be helpful as well, as they can make recommendations of eating patterns that can boost metabolism. ...Read more

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Can a woman loose a lot of weight during menopause ?

Can a woman loose a lot of weight during menopause ?

Need for evaluation: Unintended weight loss needs to be investigated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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How can I lose weight during menopause?

How can I lose weight during menopause?

Diet and exercise: The answer is the same regardless of time in life: what you eat and what you do. But your body has changed after menopause, and with age, metabolism slows. So even eating fewer calories does not lead to as much weight losses when younger. Exercise is critical to increasing metabolism, but you have to respect the inevitable loss of flexibility and muscle mass. Start low, go slow , do cardio too! ...Read more

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How to gain energy to exercise during menopause?

How to gain energy to exercise during menopause?

Exercise: Believe it or not, not exercising can make you feel tired. Muscles need to move or they start to ache. But the good news is that it doesn't take much activity to help you feel more energized. Have you tried taking a 10-minute walk? How do you feel afterward? If you find that walking makes you fatigued or out of breath, it's time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to lose weight during menopause?

What is the best way to lose weight during menopause?

Paleo lifestyle: My favorite nutrition guidelines are from the paleo lifestyle. Paleo diets are based on a meat and vegetable diet. No grains and no sugars. This is not extreme. This is not a "diet" for a quick fix to weight loss. This helps your overall metabolism and will help with weight loss. I think this diet also provides improvements / protection for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic disease. ...Read more

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Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

No: There have been many studies that have compared tamoxifen to placebo, demonstrating it's effectiveness treating breast cancer; none of these studies, to my knowledge, ever showed any difference between tamoxifen and placebo regarding weight gain. Nevertheless, as many as 10% of women on tamoxifen do report weight gain. This may be due to post-chemotherapy effects or menopause, as well. ...Read more

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Does gaining weight have anything to do with my menopause?

Does gaining weight have anything to do with my menopause?

Maybe in some cases: I am upset by the number of radio adds for supplements claiming that the changes at menopause cause weight gain and are hormonally driven. Yes, there are changes that are related to a redistribution of fat in a "male pattern" fashion, but this does not have to be disconcerting. A balanced diet and regular exercise will ameliorate these changes and effect on self-image. Exercise can also help! ...Read more

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What is the best way to lose weight during menopause and after it?

What is the best way to lose weight during menopause and after it?

Calorie count: Menopause or not, your weight is determined by your calorie intake versus your calorie expenditure. 100 calories intake per day more than you expend = 1 pound per month weight gain. Likewise 100 calories less per day = 1 pound per month weight loss. That is 12 pounds per year, 24 pounds in 2 years, 36 pounds in 3 years, etc. So eat less, exercise more and if it tastes good, spit it out. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can help you lose weight during menopause?

LO CARBS/HI PROTEIN: Many women also have low thyroid when they become menopausal, so their metabolism is slow and they do not burn their calories efficiently and can't lose weight despite proper diet and excercise. Pay attention to other symptoms of an underactive thyroid, because blood tests are not always diagnostic for this condition. ...Read more