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New Group : Fit Through Menopause


I just started a new group for women that would like to be active in supporting each other during the menopausal phase of life.

If you plan to be actively involved with the group, we would love to have you as a member. Hope to see you there.


Tue. Nov 29, 1:08pm

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I am 40 years old and have just been placed on HRT. Am trying to find people like me w/weight to lose. Would love to me a member of this group.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 5:08 PM

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menopause weight gain

I am in the menopause group that Kat started and it is full but look for the group zzz and give me a post

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 5:11 PM

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I'm 54 and have been in menopause for a couple of years. I've always been fit and slim and have eaten well and continue to now, BUT my belly and thighs are "blossoming." I can't even wear the jeans I wore just a few short months ago. I have not changed my eating habits and I otherwise feel pretty well and continue to work out daily - aerobics and weights, and now adding power walking now that spring's here. I'd love to hear from others who might be going through the same thing.

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 1:45 PM

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Hi 1:45 poster-You sound like me! I too am 54. Just finshed up a year w/o periods and even though I am in the gym lifting weights and doing cardio-I too have experienced midriff bulge. Love handles and muffin top-what the...! I am wondering if doing more cardio as you are doing works. I would really like to know-although I think I spend as much time in the gym as I possibly can now.
Keep me posted. Thanks!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 6:31 PM

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I am 49 and though my weight stays fairly steady I am gaining fat. I lift considerable weight and do cardio and Pilates but my clothes get tighter and tighter in the middle. I am putting on muscle AND fat. I eat a fairly clean diet, no simple carbs. I mainly live on the induction phase of South Beach with complex carbs several times a month. The 20 -something trainers at my gym can't explain it but I've come to realize it is part of the hormonal stew I am in right now. However if one more 20 year old with a BMI of 18% tells me I need to eat less fat and exercise more I'll hit her with a carrot stick!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 9:04 PM

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Ha-that's a good one.
Turns out that as our estrogen production slows our belly fat increases to ease the transition.
A shift in the level of estrogen is one of the causes for menopausal weight gain. With the ovaries declining in their production of estrogen, the fat cells can "take up the slack" of estrogen production to some degree, lessening the effects of declining estrogen.
There you have it. It's Mother Nature's way of helping us.

Monday, March 26, 2007, 11:45 AM

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1:45: are you saying the post-menopausal belly fat produces estrogen?

Monday, March 26, 2007, 8:57 PM

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I meant 11:45..

Monday, March 26, 2007, 8:58 PM

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Correct 8:58. I am currently reading:
Outsmarting the midlife fat cell : the foolproof weight control program designed specifically for menopause / Debra Waterhouse to find out more info around this issue that no one seems to really know much about. I asked a journalist friend of mine to research mid life belly spread for me because my other friend and I who practically live in the gym are baffled by our puffy mid sections and wondering if we need to work out even more or what?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 2:16 PM

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The info in 11:45 post makes sense. Susan Weed, an herbalist, has suggested for years for women to SLOWLY gain weight during the 40's because estrogen is stored in body fat and when menopause occurs, you will have a store of it to help with cardiac risk and bone density. I, however, did not need any help in putting on weight..familial predisposition to obesity and I also practically live at the gym. Thanks Mother Nature.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 7:48 AM

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