During the second half of the week, cut both in half and replace screen time with brisk walks in the park or around your neighborhood.
Now that you have made your meals healthier, cut down on snacking, and included brisk walks, it's time to up the exercise.
Since serotonin and endorphins are released in these activities, they make you happy and relaxed. It can always help to have a friend embark on this journey with you, but overall, it is a personal one. Cravings for unhealthy foods may increase during menopause as a woman's stress levels increase and she seeks ways to manage this problem. Weight gain during menopause is largely due to the hormonal imbalance your body will experience during this period. How long have you kept the weight off?  With my 140 pound loss in the 1990s, I kept the weight off for three years. Unfortunately, there is so much discrimination in hiring based on the applicant’s weight.   To what extent had your weight affected your physical health? How did you lose the weight?  Obviously the UMass Weight Center program was the right program at the right time for me. What is your current diet and exercise regimen?  I admit it, I’m militaristic around dieting. The UMass Weight Center behavioral track program (which employs yours truly!) endorses an elimination of 500-1000 calories per day, 1-2 pound weight loss per week, and 30-60 minutes of exercise per day on most days of the week.  Patients receive guidance from dietitians, psychologists, and exercise physiologists over the course of several months. Just starting off, losing weight is hard.  Tell us, did it get easier or harder for you over time?  Oh, definitely easier. If you could tell your former self anything, knowing what you know now, what would you say?  Why did you wait so long?
Can you tell us if and how your participation in social media, such as weight loss websites, Twitter, Facebook, blogs (reading them and writing your own) has impacted your weight loss journey?
Thank you Linda for showing us that after menopause, 2 knee replacements, and regaining 100 pounds there is still hope of turning it all around…and you are right, it’s not about the program, it’s about you and whether you see your limitations as excuses or challenges to be overcome. Amanda, you have a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and your thesis was on bone mineral density in post-menopausal women. I discovered how much better I felt physically and mentally through exercise and even though I was only in my mid-20’s at the time, I became interested in how exercise affects weight loss and aging. I decided to focus my thesis on body composition and bone mineral density in post-menopausal women.
This misconception comes up a lot with women in midlife – “I can’t lose weight during menopause.” What’s your take on this? I am beyond honored to be considered one of three trainers up for the IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year! When it comes to setting a daily calorie intake to lose weight safely, there are many things to take into account.


Once you know your weight and activity level, you can begin to figure out the best daily calorie intake to lose weight safely. A daily calorie intake to lose weight safely will cause a one to two-pound decrease a week.
Many women going through menopause become disconcerted with the extra weight they seem to put on suddenly, and for no apparent reason.
Although it requires dedication and commitment, it gives back wellness of body, mind, and emotions. The foods, activities, and hobbies explored can keep your weight in check during this difficult transition in your life. During Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, keep track of unhealthy foods like chips, sugary drinks, and sweets that you eat.
Instead of deep fried goods, lightly panfry your tofu with some potato and veggies with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil for a healthy crunch. Also, go for whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and oats, instead of white breads and pastas. It is a good idea to absorb these feelings afterwards through a 15 minute meditation session.
If you really need something sweet, allow yourself one dark chocolate bar a week and eat a square when you get a sweet craving. Lean body mass diminishes, fat body mass increases (especially in the midsection), and as a result, the metabolism takes a significant hit.  It is the perfect physiological storm to make weight loss difficult. What do you find to be the key to STICKING TO IT?  I am sticking to my diet because I know what it’s like to backslide.
Sherry Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She talked about topics from menopause and weight loss to what it’s like to be up for IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year this year. Most of my clients over 40 were beginning to ask me questions about menopause and weight loss and if they could lose weight while going through menopause. To make a long story short, I found that sedentary women, that is women who did little to no exercise, had a lot more body fat, lower bone mineral density, and less lean muscle mass than the women who exercised regularly. What makes losing weight during menopause most difficult is expecting to lose weight without the willingness to change your habits. During menopause, it is very common to put on a few extra pounds, and you may have to be more watchful about what you consume. Grab a calculator and simply multiply your body weight (in pounds) by 13 if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, 15 if you perform light activity daily, 17 with moderate activity, and 20 with heavy activity. While it is good to keep track and be aware, having a paranoid approach can lead to decisions that will do more harm than good. If you eat 1,500 calories of chips and cookies throughout the day but not whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, you will not see positive results.


Make sure to use common sense in this process, and choose a well-balanced whole food diet rather than processed and packaged products. Also, note how much time you spend in front of a screen, whether it be computer, television, or cellphone. Otherwise, it may be better eat only half of the meal, as restaurant portions tend to be unnecessarily large in the U.S.
Those moments when you reach for an apple instead of a cookie, or stand up and walk instead of staring blankly at a screen, are empowering and turn positive habits into a lifestyle. At that time I couldn’t afford a gym membership taking care of twin babies and going to college at the same time. If you don’t change the habits that are keeping fat on your body, then expecting to go on a “special weight loss program” will absolutely cause you to put the weight back on.
High cortisol levels can throw off insulin levels, which will make you hungrier and cause you to store excess fat. Your willingness to achieve a healthy body weight is the most important step in this process, but counting calories can be pointless when you do not know the proper way to go about it. The number you get is the amount of calories necessary to maintain your current body weight. Getting too few calories can actually disrupt your metabolism and put your body into survival mode, where it retains more fat than it would when you consume enough calories. Understand that one gram of fat contains more than double the amount of calories than one gram of carbohydrates or protein, and often does not even fill you up. It is also a good idea to add more physical activity into your week, ideally 2.5 hours more per week. In fact, obesity can worsen other symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and loss of libido. Switch it up between bicycling, swimming, walking, jogging, elliptical, and even dancing – whatever you prefer.
I have been attending the IDEA World Conferences each summer since I was new to the fitness industry. Activity can be broken down into four categories: sedentary, light activity, moderate activity, and heavy activity.
It is also important when it comes to your protein sources to choose ones low in fat, such as tofu or salmon.



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