Dieting during menopause can be harder than ever. The cards seemed stacked against you because the lack of estrogen may be contributing to a slower metabolism and those extra fat cells being stored around your middle. It can be frustrating, so you’re probably ready to take any help you can get to score the upper hand.
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The holidays are over. Your gift from St. Nick was some extra pounds around the hips. Looks like you’ll be making the same New’s Resolution as last year – lose weight.
Year after year, usually without success, you work to lose at least 10 pounds. There’s got to be something you can do differently this year that will let you shed that weight permanently.
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Losing weight after a hysterectomy and during menopause can require a commitment on your part. Though it can take some time and effort, it’s possible to lose weight and make positive changes for your health.
Knowing some basic tips for weight loss can make the process easier.
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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more fit and lose weight? Have you been able to keep it? It’s okay if you didn’t–you can start today. To make it less overwhelming, focus on the year month by month. After all, habits form after only 21 days, so 30 days works perfectly for creating healthier habits!
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If you have gained weight since your hysterectomy, you are not alone! Weight gain and menopause are very common comrades. Lower estrogen, lower muscle mass, and lower metabolism all contribute to higher numbers on the scale. According to WebMD, about 30 percent of women between ages 50-59 are not just overweight, but obese, which puts them at a much greater risk for major health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Yikes!
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Maybe you have fallen off the weight loss wagon and are discouraged. Maybe you intended to begin an exercise program but quit after just a few weeks. Or maybe you planned on eating a healthier diet but you loaded your refrigerator with the wrong foods.
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What small steps have you taken that have made the biggest difference in your weight loss journey?
Here are some answers from the HysterSisters about what has helped them to stay motivated to reach their weight loss goals.
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In general, a person will lose weight if they eat less than their energy output—essentially, energy in versus energy out. How you burn the calories is really secondary. We have different modes of exercise so that our body will continue to react to exercise rather than adapt. We also have different modalities because we become bored. Our muscles would not be balanced if all we ever did was ride a bike or walk. Varying it up works different muscle groups, but weight loss really just revolves around burning more calories than you take in, regardless of how you burn those calories.
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If you are post-hysterectomy and feeling pudgy, you may wonder if the changes in your body from your surgery have affected your ability to lose weight. Not so! Although the change in your hormone levels may cause some issues in weight loss that require extra effort, the basic plan to lose weight remains the same.
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Whatever your goal of the moment is—losing weight, controlling overeating, gaining weight, eating healthy—the goal is to learn to get your body to work for you and with you. The first thing that needs to change is your perspective about the way you live and eat.
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