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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Menopause, muscles, and weight gain