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    Hi, I am new to this site. I have researched and studied the effects of menopause on women for years because I knew one day I would be there...................well I'm there. The biggest challenge I face is I am a "skinny-fat" female. Most every site I read is about women having a challenge with weight gain; however, I have been on a Paleo/Primal/Ancestral diet off and on for many years (12+)and believe that has been the reason for not gaining an excessive amount of weight during the hormonal shift. Has any female had success with increased muscle/decreased fat after menopause? I am 5'2" and weight 110 lbs. Running had always been my passion in the past, but find I enjoy circuit training and outdoor activities much more. It is not that I want to be a body builder; however, I would enjoy having a nice light all-body definition along with feeling stronger. I am not a big eater and take in approximately 12-1300 calories/day - somewhere along the lines of 40-30-30 (C-P-F). I am thinking I need to cut down the fat and increase my protein, but my digestion can get a little stressed with too much protein at one time. Any thoughts?

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    I'm 48 (almost 49) and just beginning perimenopause. I've been primal for two months, have dropped 13.5 lbs (on top of 11 I dropped doing a CW diet from Jan-March.) I am, however, quite a bit heavier than you at 162 lbs. I need to lose at least another 20 lbs before I see much definition, I think.

    I've been doing some bodyweight exercise, and can definitely see the beginnings of biceps. I bought some dumbbells yesterday, so give me a month or so and I'll let you know about the rest of my muscles
    Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

    F/49/5'4"
    Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
    CW: 146.8 lbs
    GW 140 lbs
    A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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      Carrie (Mark Sisson's wife) went Primal after menopause. Do a search for her on the blog.
      Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
      Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
      Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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        Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
        Carrie (Mark Sisson's wife) went Primal after menopause. Do a search for her on the blog.
        Or, just look inside the back cover of a copy of the Primal Blueprint! She's in incredible shape. I can only aspire to that.
        Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

        F/49/5'4"
        Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
        CW: 146.8 lbs
        GW 140 lbs
        A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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