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Readers Respond: Did you gain weight during menopause? How did you handle it?

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Updated February 15, 2010

From the article: Menopause and Weight Gain
Going through menopause means major changes for your body and gaining weight is a common problem since declining estrogen can contribute to a lower metabolism, less activity and eating more calories. If you're going through or have gone through menopause, share your experiences. Did you keep going with the same diet and exercise program, but notice you were slowly gaining weight? If so, how have you handled it? Share your story. Share your story


I don't really know when the menopause started, but I know when I finished because of the massive weight gain, 30lbs in less than a year. I have now been running 4 miles 5 days/week, personal trainer 2days/week and biking two days with a day of rest. Calories 1200/day. Six months now and I have not lost a single pound. My once small toned belly is a big flabby giggly mess. As a single woman, this is frustrating. I quit dating. Most men my age already look for 30 somethings as it is. I used to be able to complete with that, but not anymore. My next effort will be lipo. My fear is that the fat will just deposit somewhere else. It's almost like my body forgot how to burn it all.
—Guest Kelly

just beginning

I am SO glad I found this site. I am in the middle of menopause and can't believe what's happening to my body. The weight gain is just beginning (3 lbs in 2 months) and I'm scared to death it will continue. I have talked to other women who have gone through menopause and have heard of this happening, but mentally...can't wrap my mind around it. I've always been thin, so gaining weight and not being able to take it off by exercising more and cutting back on portions is so strange to me and I admit to feeling depressed about it. I'm scared it will continue like it has for many of you. The hard part for me is I've never had to actually work on my weight...just inherited high metabolism from my father's side of the family. Having to try and lose weight is foreign to me, so hardly know where to begin. And having a husband who needs to lose weight, but isn't doing anything about it doesn't help either.
—Guest MJ


Im a 44 yr old that also had to have a parcial hysterectomy and just last yr I started to gain weight, I weighed 120lbs and now im up to 155 pounds, my mid waist is bloated and my belly is round. I don't feel attractive and feeling very frustrated. I don't know what to do about this, I do exercise but nothing is coming off for weight. can anyone give me any tips on what else to try...

Just when I'm ready...

I don't believe this! I'm 5'7", always been "too skinny", had a model body. Now I have no idea what's happening-I had ovaries removed at 48-no weight gain-I just turned 62 and slowly over the past 3 years have gained 35lbs. I want to shoot myself! I eat less than 1,000 calories/day-very active-why now? And now I'm all set for a new relationship-I could cry-can't believe I'm even looking at calories! I used to try everything to gain! Leptin resistance? Body thinks it needs to store fat because I don't eat enough? I started to sign up for one of those "over 50" dating sites 2 yrs. ago-never put pic in or joined but I looked at what I had written-long blond hair, pretty, VERY SLIM! Ha! What to do??
—Guest Andrealeeann


after a visit with my doctor, and many tests, she tells me I am post menopause, but I am the healthiest patient she has had in years.... well I have worked hard at it, and now I hear there is NOTHING they can do for this.... I WORK out 4-5 days a week and eat very well. I started packing protein now since they are saying that women especially deplete protein. I KNOW NOT THANKS TO MANY articles I need to get some sleep and I use all natural products and supplements so I am pumping more of that and LADIES.... ESTRAVAL by Melaleuca is Excellent far better than any prescriptions
—Guest hope

oh well

i have gained 30lb in a year im not as bothered as most of the people i know who have to make a comment like "if you walked more" or "should you be eating that" and my mum an sister really love sticking the boot in when they can my sisters favorite line is" i must give you my clothes that are too big for me they may be a bit small for you but you can pass them on to your friend " and then she tries them on or puts them up to her to see how big they are lol .if it makes her happy to knock me let her get on with it .....im not worried it will come off again when the energy levels come back but for now i would just be glad to have some energy i do quite a lot of work that is physical and i walk the dog but im looking after my emotional needs first as that is more in need at menopause time i sleep when i can walk when i can sit when i can and dismiss all other negitive stuff because i was only wearing myself out :)
—Guest jacqui

It could be other things...

Please get a complete physical if you are gaining an extreme amount of weight or are gaining weight rapidly even though you're maintaining your daily caloric intake and physical activity. There may be medical reasons for your weight gain such as an underactive thyroid, side effects from medications among other things. Some of the posts I've read lead me to believe that there may be more than simply menopause as the culprit for these dramatic weight changes.
—Guest Deb


I'm 52 and was always 7.5st(105lbs), and a small uk8 us4. In the last 2 years I've put on 35lbs, and my size 10s (us6) are very tight!! 50 years is a long time to get used to being extremely slim, and I struggle to accept this new me! I exercise for 10 hours each week, and eat healthily, in the hope that all this bloating will lessen. Anyone any ideas?!!


I actually was browsing Internet to try and find out what going on with my body. No matter what I do, I am gaining weight....I am up 25 lbs. now and never ever expected this would happen to me. I am a post menopausal woman age 47 turning 48 next mo.! I've been working out and have lived a pretty active lifestyle and never had issues with weight...I've been juicing recently and working out and I'm still gaining, REALLY?? WTH?? I feel disqustingly fat and by the sounds of it, hearing from much of your alike stories...not a lot we can do about it but to keep fitting to get our figures back......I was really concerned but now, knowing I'm not the only woman out there with this issue is a relief.....thanks all for sharing your stories......I REFUSE TO GIVE UP!!!!
—Guest Elaine

don't know what to do

I know I'm going through something but do people who have had a hysterectomy go through menopause I don't take any estrogen or anything for my hormones but I'm gaining so much weight it's awful I can't stand long cause it hurts my back I'm having all does of problems I went to the doctor but I have no insurance so I don't get great help it's sad I'm poor but it's also affects my breathing I have high blood pressure I jus want to hey back tithe way I felt before I started gaining all this weight any suggestions
—Guest Elaine Jacobson

Have been gaining gradually

I have always been enviously thin and slim. Unfortunately that was set to change! I had a hysterectomy at age 45 after which I did gain a little weight but after I have crossed 48 I seem to be gaining bit by bit everyday, despite all efforts to the contrary. I pray it stabilises soon, else I can't imagine what I will be like. And Please I am not used to it!!! People say you are looking thinner today - I wonder how I who had always been thin, could invite such a comment.
—Guest Sarita Sikaria

Fat and mad as hell

I am 50 women and I work out 5-6 days a week and watch what I eat but I have gained over 30 pounds in sense my 50th birthday. I tried everything too lose this weight.
—Guest Dinetric H.


This site is very helpful to me. I just turned 48 and I was always thin and stayed in good shape. In the last 18 months I have gained 40 pounds (14 in the last 6 weeks), gone from a size 6 to 12, am tired all the time and have off and on weird water retention. So, I am glad to know this is normal. Thank you all!!
—Guest Carol

turned 50 and have gained a pound a day

the day I turned 50 i've gained a pound every day. It's been a month and I'm 30 pds heavier. run 5 miles 3 days a week and lift weights every other day what's going on
—Guest Laurie

Me too!!

I was a size 4 till I turned 50. Now I'm a size 12. I have no energy and hate my fat tummy. My face too is fat. This happened in 2 years. I weigh more than 170 lbs!! How?
—Guest Mag

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