I had a full hysterectomy in my 40’s, and I maintained my weight between 108-110 on hormone replacement therapy. As I progressed into my 50’s (and I may mention that I did not change anything about the way I was eating or exercising) the scale started creeping up and my body began to gain. Twelve years ago I weighed 134, and more recently at age 61 I weighed 165 pounds! I gained weight all over including my breasts. I went from a C cup to a DD. I was 55 pounds overweight within the years following my hysterectomy.
Even while on the hormone replacement therapy (HRT), I had experienced hot flashes, among other menopausal symptoms. I was most frustrated about my weight not budging. I reduced my caloric intake, tried a myriad of diets, including Weight Watchers, South Beach, and just cutting back on calories.
I continued exercising, walking, elliptical, treadmill, rowing machine, and exercise classes, including doing double exercise classes on some days after spending 15-20 minutes on the machines. I did all this with no success, with no weight loss at all to show for it. I was at my wits end.
I knew one of my friends had been successful with the Cederquist program, and so I was hopeful that I would be too. I have learned why my body gained the weight, and better yet, how to lose it. I have lost 26.5 pounds so far, and I am very happy with how I have been able to continue losing. I am glad to be finally making steps forward, and ending the vicious weight gain cycle. Now, with the right program and guidance, I know the menopause metabolism can be conquered.
B.N. age 62
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