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Paleo for Menopausal Women

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I am a menopausal woman who has gained 20 pounds in the last three years.....no matter what I do. How does the Paleo lifestyle fit in for women in my demographic? Some people I know say they have actually GAINED weight following the Paleo lifestyle. They are menopausal also.

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on October 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Back at ya, Dragonfly and my other PH friends. I made my first bone broth of the autumn today, since we're down to low 90sF here in Nevada now.

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on October 19, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Great to see you back, Nance! :)

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on October 19, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I'm perimenopausal, age 47. The weight started creeping on and my usual tricks to get it off stopped working, too. Paleo helped me get the weight off but it was no miracle weight loss marvel. I didn't end up "ripped" with a washboard stomach and a size 0 bikini. I just got back to what I've always been, which is slightly pudgy. The best thing is I feel younger than I've ever felt, even younger than I did in my 20s and I can eat to full satisfaction without gaining weight. I'm stronger and fitter for exercise than almost anybody my age that I know.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I am 49, and peri menopausal. I've been Lacto-Paleo for 2 years & have seen all of my menopausal symptoms disappear since fine-tuning my diet.

Getting my Vitamin D level up to 80 ng/ml, optimizing my Magnesium and Zinc levels along with weekly liver, cheese and seafood have made the biggest difference. Also, working on healing my gut to optimize absorption. This means no gluten cheats at all for me, along with adding in fermented foods.

I have lost 4.5 inches off my waist and 4 inches off my hips since I started eating this way. Now I eat to hunger and keep my carbs under 100 gm/day. 5' 6", 125 lbs.

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on October 19, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I agree with the other posts and my experience is similar.I am 54 and 2 yrs post menopausal. I put on about 40 lbs and all my usual "tricks" to take off the weight did not work. I synthesized all my knowledge and experience and came up with the plan for me. It includes plenty of lean protein and tons of green veg. I use heavy cream in my coffee but no dairy other than that. I am not a fruit eater and stay completely away from grains,glutens and even gluten-gree high carb foods. I IF in a 17/7 window which I love. It allows me to eat big when I eat,feel satisfied and takes the emotional load of food in general. I do 1 completely off program meal a week,typically Sunday night. I lift heavy (out of love) 3 times a week. Take 1 yoga class,a casual walk or 2 a week. I make sure that I get tons of sleep and keep my stress low. I have lost 17lbs in the last 2 months. I consider all of these things my lifestyle, not a temporary fix. My quality of life,health and energy have improved I know now that I don't need to succumb to the post menopause sterotypes.

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on October 19, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I can see how someone could gain weight on paleo - it isn't a magic pill. But it also the easiest way I know to lose weight (and keep it off) without going hungry, so long as you devise a sensible diet -- there is wide variation in "paleo". I eat about 25-30% carb & keep my protein under 20%, the rest is fat, and I eat a very wide variety of foods including lots of fruits & veggies & and some dairy & starches. I also count calories, which isn't always popular around here although I'm far from the only one. I've kept my weight at target for over a year now, and I feel great -- many of my prior health concerns have disappeared or lessened.

I am perimenopausal, and my metabolism has slowed noticeably the last few years. I figure I can either eat less, or move more, and I've mostly chosen to move more: I use a standing desk, I take yoga 4x a week, I walk a couple times a week, I lift weights once or twice a week, I jump rope, etc. All of that allows me to take in more calories, and since I like eating, it's worth it to me. (And of course, there are myriad other benefits to moving / standing as much as possible -- it might be as much of the reason I feel great as my diet)

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 19, 2012
at 03:43 PM

If/When/As I find the discipline to eat paleo--as opposed to binge eating of SAD--I feel 20 years younger. My skin improves, my hair gets thicker, my energy level skyrockets. My cranky GI tract gets happy.

My personal version involves lots of beef and some fatty fish, with "lean" non-starchy greens and vegetables. I also include dairy and plenty of fruit and I still lose excess fat as long as I avoid processed stuff.

So, the weak link is my eating disorder. I highly recommend paleo as a regimen for older ladies and I'm currently trying to get back to a 100% paleo diet.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 19, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Great to see you back, Nance! :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Back at ya, Dragonfly and my other PH friends. I made my first bone broth of the autumn today, since we're down to low 90sF here in Nevada now.

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on November 04, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Try the Four Hour Body Diet (at Amazon). It's basically Paleo with one cheat day and some specific supplemenation.

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