Anyone managed to get their waist back in perimenopause?

(109 Posts)
Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 11:45:15

And if so how?

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Dontforgetyourbrolly Sat 24-Jul-21 11:46:46

Omg I'd love to know . Trying so hard here with diet and exercise, for all the good it's doing me , I might as well sit on my bum and eat chips

MistySkiesAfterRain Sat 24-Jul-21 11:48:05

I think Pilates is the answer. I did a weeks Pilates holiday and at the end I had some waist definition. Never kept it up though!

Jackieweaverishere Sat 24-Jul-21 11:48:39

I would also love to know! I look at photos of my younger self and pine for my waist!

Scarby9 Sat 24-Jul-21 11:50:02

It went for good.😪

Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 12:22:16

Ok Pilates is one idea, thanks. I feel like I really need to do something as it's getting me down but what if that's it and never to be seen again

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Nonmaquillee Sat 24-Jul-21 12:23:39

Daily yoga

Gave up wine (sadly)

Cut back on sugar


Galassia Sat 24-Jul-21 12:27:59

I’ve been through the menopause a few years back and have maintained my figure by eating less calories.

I’ve always been active and have never been overweight but as I’ve got older I need fewer calories.

I eat well and if I have a day where I have consumed a higher than normal amount of calories I am careful the next day.

I have never drink alcohol but friends who eat sensibly but do drink alcohol are thicker around the waist.

I do not deny myself anything, I just might not eat all of it!

Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 12:41:26

Thanks for these - might turn over a new leaf in August by
- no alcohol
- no sugar
- yoga/pilates most days
- maybe reducing carbs a bit/eating a bit less

See if there's any improvement after a month

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IBelieveInAThingCalledScience Sat 24-Jul-21 12:44:54

Yes, with the usual boring things:

- calorie deficit
- running
- 10 minutes core work daily
- strength work

Also worth looking at diastasis recti and testing yourself for it.
I find it's not talked about much in the UK, but in other countries women are helped close the gap and regain their core health post-partum.

gamerchick Sat 24-Jul-21 12:47:22

Davina's 7 minute fit. The box fit one every day. Keeps your waist lovely.

10 minutes of your time and you're done.

Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 12:52:27

Thanks IBelieveInAThingCalledScience I'll look that up

That sounds good gamerchick will add it to the list. Might start a thread on here in August for motivation

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Whocutdownthecherrytree Sat 24-Jul-21 13:02:48

Cardio & weight training. Your body without oestrogen puts weight on your tummy instead of your bum and legs. Cardio and strength training will help you shift it.

Skybluepinkgiraffe Sat 24-Jul-21 13:06:01

Ooh, I'll join of you start a thread @Katekarate
I've just had a look at Davina's site. Going to join, I think.

KittenKong Sat 24-Jul-21 13:08:36

Lose a few ribs wink. I recently saw an old wedding photo - my goodness I was a stick back then...

Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 13:11:50

Ok Skybluepinkgiraffe will start on 1st August smile

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Skybluepinkgiraffe Sat 24-Jul-21 13:18:26


Ok Skybluepinkgiraffe will start on 1st August smile

Excellent! Can't wait - I have a flabby belly for the first time in my life and I don't like it sad

CornishPastyDownUnder Sat 24-Jul-21 13:21:55

yep im almost50..put on lot of weight in last18mths-triedmany different ways to limit my huge portions(ahem)&prolific snacking habit-the only thing that yielded fast&lasting results was completely cutting wheat/grains&all sticking to roughly50g carbs per day..once id lost15kg i bought a treadmill&weights&i finally feel buzzing with energy&just alive again afterfeeling almost comatose in an endless over-eating waist was the first thing i wings &back of thigh cellulie taking longer than anticipated tho😡Just bought a massage gun to pummel said areas into submission!

MiniTheMinx Sat 24-Jul-21 13:28:44

I'm not certain if I'm in peri, but maybe (flipping periods every 28 days, and wish otherwise now) I am because I'm increasingly ratty and irritable grin.

The thing that seems to help is posture and holding my stomach in. Not sucking it in, just pulling up from the lower part of my tummy. Being aware of the muscles and consciously checking my posture. But I've always eaten like a horse and been skinny. Its just starting to change now. I'm also not certain whether I've changed due to covid. Having had it I'm still exhausted, or if lack of activity due to lockdown contributed to lack of fitness and my new frumpy tum.

Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 13:32:38

Same Skybluepinkgiraffe

Well done CornishPastyDownUnder

It seems like from this thread that some serious regular exercise is the only way, plus eating properly low sugar, low carbs and also pilates and yoga. Probably sleep and water as well and maybe massage/body brushing. I reckon we can at least make some improvements in August to kick things off. Will be back 1st August for Skybluepinkgiraffe and anyone else who wants to join in and motivate and support each other.

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Katekarate Sat 24-Jul-21 13:34:31

It's a good point MinitheMinxI Somewhere along the line I seem to have stopped holding mine in blush and probably a year plus of wearing elasticated waists has really not helped. Plus all the stress. Having had covid is bound to be not helping, hope you're feeling better now and the tiredness goes soon.

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TatianaBis Sat 24-Jul-21 13:40:36

I do waist exercises specifically and also a lot of walking.

I don’t eat much sugar although I eat a lot of fruit, and few refined carbs.
I don’t like low carb and too much protein doesn’t suit me.

I know people love yoga but I find it really boring.

ChristopherTracy Sat 24-Jul-21 13:42:56

HRT! Seriously, going on HRT 3 x 1.5 hour walks a week, pilates once a week and a high protein, low carb diet has stopped the rot here, it isnt falling off but at least it isnt going up anymore.

Delatron Sat 24-Jul-21 13:45:15

Also find yoga boring.

Pilates is great for core and obliques. I do lots of running but I don’t think that does much other than make me hungry. Trying to up protein now.

I basically have a little wine belly though and I refuse to give up the wine so I accept it.

Delatron Sat 24-Jul-21 13:45:58

Yes HRT is my next plan. Also hoping the oestrogen in it will make me look younger? Anyone?

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