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By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 12, 2013

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Dr Verna McKenzieDr Marina Johnson, Red Hot Mamas Advisor

Our experts Dr. Mache Seibel, Karen Giblin, Dr. Michael Goodman, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Dr. Verna Brooks McKenzie and Dr. Marina Johnson field questions from our members. Submit your question.

Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

I am 59 years old and have gained over 15lbs since entering menopause. I workout a lot and my diet is low in calories and completely reasonable – mostly fruits, veggies, lean meat and mixed nuts. I just can’t get the pounds off. Can you help?

Thank you,

Tired of the Treadmill


Dear Tired of the Treadmill,

Alas, I don’t know how much help I can be for you. Unfortunately, women seem to gain about 5-8 pounds during the perimenopausal transition; that’s the bad news. The good news is that it generally isn’t an annual event; it’s sort of one perimenopausal whack, and we don’t know why it happens.

But you certainly sound like you are an excellent exerciser, and healthy eater. I wish I could offer you some great suggestions; but I would encourage you to continue your excellent exercise regimes and continue to eat healthily. The only area you could cut down on (but it certainly doesn’t sound excessive at all) would be the mixed nuts; Nuts are terrifically nutritious, but unfortunately pretty calorically dense.

Good Health to You!

Red Hot Mamas Experts

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