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Struggling to lose it - hormones?(2 Posts)
My weight is creeping up and up over the last couple of years. I've done a few different programs in that period, one intensive HIIT type gym one with macros and high protein low carb, another with a clean eating approach and regular exercise even if just 30 mins walking daily. Generally I eat pretty low carb and healthily, I do tend to hit the wine at the weekend and would have a treat meal or 2 at weekends, but in my opinion nothing extreme.
I do have an office job so pretty sedentary, but I generally get 10k steps in every day by walking from train to office etc and a couple of days a week I try to get in some additional exercise (so walking roughly 10k by replacing part of my to and from work journey with walking).
Recently got a puppy so that is helping to get us out and walking as a family at weekends also.
However I do feel that no matter what I do, my weight is simply creeping up and up and I feel like shit about myself, my energy is OK but I wake up tired every day.
I am 48 and although I still have mostly regular cycles I do feel that hormones/ peri menopausal vibes are playing a part. Any advice on dietary changes, supplements etc that might balance hormones, help me to drop weight and feel better generally?
You can lose weight during the perimenopause.
As you are showing symptoms of the perimenopause quite young, I suggest a trip to the GP to discuss HRT. This website might be useful: www.menopausematters.co.uk
In terms of losing weight, it's mainly diet that counts. When I kept plateau'ing, I did two things which made a difference. One was finding a congenial MN weight-loss chat thread. The other was starting to use MFP and really tracking what I was eating. Including portion size.
Cutting out the booze for the time I was actively aiming to lose was another important thing. It saves those empty calories, and stopped the alcohol reducing willpower so I didn't start nibbling.
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