I lost the weight after I'd already been in menopause for about a year. Before the cycles finally quit entirely, I must've gone through maybe 10 years of perimenopause.... hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods yada yada yada. It was such a relief to finally be done.
It IS true that as we age, we do not require as many calories as when we were younger. If you did absolutely nothing different and ate the same way at 60 that you ate at 30, the weight would slowly creep up. And I think it's true too that with hormone changes etc, what used to work when we were younger, to drop a few pounds pretty quick... well it just doesn't work like that any more.
I've seen all those commercials that say how hard it is to lose weight in menopause. But the commercials are trying to sell you something. "It's not your fault, it's too hard, buy these pills." When I finally decided to make a lifestyle change and get serious about my eating and exercise-- I decided I'd just ignore all that crap and use the tools provided here on Spark... and see what happened. And what happened was, I lost weight. I did not lose it fast. Frankly, it just wouldn't come off very fast at all. But my main goal wasn't weight loss; it was being healthy. Weight loss was just part of it. (ok fine, to be honest it was a big part. But just a part.)
For me, the number one most helpful tool is the Nutrition Tracker. I may *think* I'm making good choices or I'm not eating *that much*-- but it's another thing entirely to actually SEE it all in black and white.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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