The previous posters have given you some great advice. I agree that you're not eating enough, especially for your activity level, and that's likely a reason you're not seeing progress. Tracking your food on a daily basis will give you a better idea of how you're doing and where you need to make changes. Kind of counter-intuitive, but sometimes you need to eat more to lose more.
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"Since I am very fit overall, I am wondering is if there is some sort of hormone imbalance "
What did your doctor say about that? Did you have blood work done?
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5/19/14 4:20 P
Thanks, I really appreciate your insight. I agree that I am probably not getting enough calories - going to try tracking them and see how that goes. By Pilates, I mean core-strengthening exercises; I do some strength training as well, and I do a pretty intense run 3-4 times per week, as well as horseback riding.
I'm definitely not worried about getting the pre-pregnancy flat stomach back (I used to be one of those with the rock-solid abs and flat belly), but I would definitely rather not be asked if I am pregnant on a regular basis! ;)
From your post, it sounds to me like you're undereating. 1,200 calories per day is the generally accepted minimum for women to get the required nutrients and energy needed to function. I'm about your height and a few years older, and my average is around 1800+ for maintenance. What you should strive for is a small daily deficit, enough to get your body to burn fat but not so much that your metabolism slows to a crawl.
You don't have much to lose, IMO....about 10-15 pounds. You're going to have to be PATIENT and DILIGENT about your diet. Bump your calories up to at the 1200-1500 range (that's the lowest Spark will let you go), and then focus on getting the best quality nutrition you can, as often as you can. If you're not already doing so, track for a while and see how often you can make your ranges each day. You might be surprised once you see things in black and white...I know I sure was.
I'm not sure what you mean by "pilates type" exercises, but I'd suggest incorporating some serious strength training into your routine. A full body routine twice a week should do it. When you're doing cardio, make sure it's challenging. If you're in decent shape already, a casual walk is certainly OK, but it won't do much to get your heart rate up and burn calories.
I spent almost a year getting the last 5 pounds off, and since then it's been a struggle to keep it off. I did gain a little during the perimenopausal period, so you may want to talk to your doc if you're experiencing any of the symptoms (irregular periods, hot flashes, moodiness, etc).
Lastly, many women carry a little extra fat in the abdominal area...that's just how we're built. Those flat rock-solid abs you see in the magazines are the result of superior genetics, and an inordinate amount of attention to both diet and exercise. There's probably some photoshopping thrown in there, if the truth was known...so make sure what you're shooting for is the best YOU you can be, not some perfectionistic-looking ideal.
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5/19/14 2:51 P
My mom had this problem a long time ago. She visited her gyno and they told her it was a hormonal imbalance. They did hormonal testing on her and prescribed a personalized medicine (its like a lotion she rubs on her arm every day) to fit her personalized test results and BAM. Within days weightloss, more energy, light periods, no mood swings.... Sorry that I don't know the exact name for this but it definitely worked for her!
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5/19/14 2:34 P
I am 43, female, healthy: 5'8", about 155 lbs. I exercise regularly: at least 45 minutes of cardio every other day (burning 450-500 calories in a session), with Pilates-type exercises between. I eat all-natural foods, about 30-30-40 percent for protein, fat, and carbs, about 1000 cal/day. I do not look fat overall-my legs are very muscular and my arms are toned. The problem is extra weight right up front in my abdominal area, so it looks like I am pregnant (I am not). Very embarrassing, and nothing I do seems to trim it back!
Since I am very fit overall, I am wondering is if there is some sort of hormone imbalance (I already know it is not a thyroid issue) or if I am approaching the cardio from the wrong angle.
Doctors have not been very helpful about this, since the general attitude is that "we tend to put on pounds as we get older" - but from what I know about physiology - not to mention knowing plenty of people who are in great shape well past their 40s - I don't think it is true that older people are doomed to be fatter. I'm fine with not weighing what I did in high school, but since the bulge is so localized and odd-looking, I really want to get rid of it. Any ideas?
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