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  • Originally posted by desertcreature View Post
    I am 53, just started menopause last fall. Jeans that fit last summer were too tight overall before going low carb high fat on Jan 19. I've lost about 8-10 lbs since. The jeans are now baggy in thighs, loose in the butt, but are still too tight in the waist.
    What the heck? Is some sort of pennance?
    Does anyone else experiencing this and has anyone ideas for a solution? (I confess I haven't exercised much since minor knee surgery last November, and don't do sit-ups. I will start them eventually, just not right now...)
    Def don't need to do sit ups
    Def dial in your eating, and things like planks and lifting weights will help your core. Sit ups are useless

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    • Originally posted by desertcreature View Post
      I am 53, just started menopause last fall. Jeans that fit last summer were too tight overall before going low carb high fat on Jan 19. I've lost about 8-10 lbs since. The jeans are now baggy in thighs, loose in the butt, but are still too tight in the waist.
      What the heck? Is some sort of pennance?
      Does anyone else experiencing this and has anyone ideas for a solution? (I confess I haven't exercised much since minor knee surgery last November, and don't do sit-ups. I will start them eventually, just not right now...)
      Sit-ups won't widdle your middle, much to everyone's surprise. The Army tests sit-up strength to determine hipflexor strength. From my own experience after 9 years of doing situps for the Army, while I experienced some abdominal muscle strength, most of it occured in my thighs. My chiropractor (who practices Active Release Techniques and treats me for sciatica and running injuries) told me my hipflexors are too strong - thanks to the Army - and has caused most of my lower body nerve issues (namely the sciatica) and low back weakness. And they're stressful to the lower back tissues (discs and whatnot). I would recommend Planks for core strength and shaping per the Primal Blueprint Fitness model.



      Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
      All I know about the Optimal Diet is what Paleobird posted. I think the ideal weights can come from many sources. I got mine from the SPEED program book that a few of us did last year. I'll look it up for you.
      Thanks Paula.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
        Def don't need to do sit ups
        Sit ups are useless
        ^w0rd
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Originally posted by desertcreature View Post
          I am 53, just started menopause last fall. Jeans that fit last summer were too tight overall before going low carb high fat on Jan 19. I've lost about 8-10 lbs since. The jeans are now baggy in thighs, loose in the butt, but are still too tight in the waist.
          What the heck? Is some sort of pennance?
          Does anyone else experiencing this and has anyone ideas for a solution? (I confess I haven't exercised much since minor knee surgery last November, and don't do sit-ups. I will start them eventually, just not right now...)
          Welcome to menopause! Androgen now rules! And its job is to thicken the waistline and smooth out the curves. Damn hormone! When estrogen and progesterone decrease - this hormone becomes dominant and shifts the fat deposits from the limbs to the mid-section. UGH! As if hot flashes and lack of libido aren't enough - now we get fatter in the middle too?

          Androgen
          Androgen, known as the male hormone, occurs in women in small quantities. Androgen stimulates sexual libido, raises energy levels and enhances your mood. Elevated levels in females cause facial hair, a deepened voice and fat cells to form around the midsection. Although androgen levels decrease during menopause, estrogen levels drop at a higher rate, making androgen higher in ratio. Prior to menopause, you may carry more weight in the hip and thigh area. Overweight men tend to accumulate weight around the stomach and waist area, and during menopause, you may also notice a shift in the way fat is deposited. Adipose fat collects around your midriff area and decreases in your legs and arms.

          Read more: Why Does Your Waist Thicken At Menopause? | LIVESTRONG.COM
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          • Jenn - The range for a 5'4" person is 131-148, so your guess of 140 hits right in the middle.
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            • Originally posted by athomeontherange View Post
              this does not sound normal at all. How close are you to menopause?
              Like I said before, I'll be 37 next month and according to what my mom went through and my sisters are going through now, I could be looking to start perimenopause any time now. My oldest sis just turned 54 in December and she is just now completing menopause. I also know that with having the thermal ablation done in August, it can either complete end it or make it to where you barely have a cycle and I am experiencing the latter except I do have slight cramping.
              Georgette

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              • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                Jenn - The range for a 5'4" person is 131-148, so your guess of 140 hits right in the middle.
                Thanks.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Anyone around?
                  Am considering asking Dr for blood tests to make sure my hormones are not completely effed. What would I ask for exactly? Any specific one? You would think he would know when I explain stuff, but sometimes they are pretty clueless.

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                  • Hi guys
                    Just thought that I would report in.
                    I have been trucking along since the start of the year, with absolutely nothing significant to report. Until this week. The only change has been dropping my calories. I am still keeping high fat, moderate protein and low carbs within that count, and all of a sudden BANG – 2kg so far this week.
                    So not sure if this will continue to work for me, but will plug on with my little experiment.
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • For the thyroid: T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4, Reverse T3, and TSH.
                      Check your vitamin D3 levels.
                      Try to get him to do a saliva test for adrenal function.
                      No clue on the female hormones.
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                      • I am bored. So I am rereading info to help me on this journey to let go of the fat. This article is a great one...How can I lose weight? The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D.
                        Chris
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                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                          For the thyroid: T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4, Reverse T3, and TSH.
                          Check your vitamin D3 levels.
                          Try to get him to do a saliva test for adrenal function.
                          No clue on the female hormones.
                          Thanks for that, I am starting to suspect I am really effed up from my 13 years of binge/lose weight/gain weight cycle. This week I have gained 2 kg of the 4 kg I lost in Jan, and the only thing I did differently was lift heavy on Sat.
                          I started back primal in Oct at 109 kg and it was only when going HFLC and counting calories for a little bit, that I lost some.
                          I know I am not eating too much. Something has to be wrong.

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                          • Hey everyone, I started eating right the last few days and been following this;Carbs: 44 gm, 7.9%
                            Protein: 94 gm, 16.8% Fat: 187 gm, 75.3% (Thanks Jenn) Things are going well except I started cramping up today, bad. My sides, stomach area, inner thigh's, etc. I've been taking potassium and magnesium supplements. Any tips on getting ride of these?
                            Thank you.

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                            • Originally posted by Tee View Post
                              Hey everyone, I started eating right the last few days and been following this;Carbs: 44 gm, 7.9%
                              Protein: 94 gm, 16.8% Fat: 187 gm, 75.3% (Thanks Jenn) Things are going well except I started cramping up today, bad. My sides, stomach area, inner thigh's, etc. I've been taking potassium and magnesium supplements. Any tips on getting ride of these?
                              Thank you.
                              bouillon cubes work best for me, 2 or 3 a day for about a week, then not needed them since. Herb-ox or knorr, not totally primal though, so you could go with homemade bone broth with lots of salt added, but that didn't work as well for me.
                              Chris
                              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                              Unknown

                              My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                              • Originally posted by desertcreature View Post
                                I am 53, just started menopause last fall. Jeans that fit last summer were too tight overall before going low carb high fat on Jan 19. I've lost about 8-10 lbs since. The jeans are now baggy in thighs, loose in the butt, but are still too tight in the waist.
                                What the heck? Is some sort of pennance?
                                Does anyone else experiencing this and has anyone ideas for a solution? (I confess I haven't exercised much since minor knee surgery last November, and don't do sit-ups. I will start them eventually, just not right now...)
                                I just have a total hysterectomy in September and am in menopause at 42. I had the swelly belly from it but have not noticed the bigger belly. In fact, I think my belly is going down.

                                Originally posted by tomi View Post
                                Welcome to menopause! Androgen now rules! And its job is to thicken the waistline and smooth out the curves. Damn hormone! When estrogen and progesterone decrease - this hormone becomes dominant and shifts the fat deposits from the limbs to the mid-section. UGH! As if hot flashes and lack of libido aren't enough - now we get fatter in the middle too?

                                Androgen
                                Androgen, known as the male hormone, occurs in women in small quantities. Androgen stimulates sexual libido, raises energy levels and enhances your mood. Elevated levels in females cause facial hair, a deepened voice and fat cells to form around the midsection. Although androgen levels decrease during menopause, estrogen levels drop at a higher rate, making androgen higher in ratio. Prior to menopause, you may carry more weight in the hip and thigh area. Overweight men tend to accumulate weight around the stomach and waist area, and during menopause, you may also notice a shift in the way fat is deposited. Adipose fat collects around your midriff area and decreases in your legs and arms.

                                Read more: Why Does Your Waist Thicken At Menopause? | LIVESTRONG.COM
                                going to read this article but CRAP!! I thought now I would not longer have any hormone issues.

                                Originally posted by geostump View Post
                                Like I said before, I'll be 37 next month and according to what my mom went through and my sisters are going through now, I could be looking to start perimenopause any time now. My oldest sis just turned 54 in December and she is just now completing menopause. I also know that with having the thermal ablation done in August, it can either complete end it or make it to where you barely have a cycle and I am experiencing the latter except I do have slight cramping.
                                I have a hard time thinking this is HFLC related. You might need to go in and get a doctors opinion since it sounds like you have had trouble for a while now. I know only a little about ablations, for me they took everything. Take care of you sister!! Oh hey, have you ever been on hystersister.com? They would be a great resource to ask about this. Its for women who have had all differnt kinds of surgeries on our lady-parts (how else do I say that in mixed company?? LOL)
                                Karin


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