Am 55, menopausal, and have been battling the bulge and obsessing about being fat for sooooo long! This site I am hoping will offer support and encouragement and I will hopefully start to win this battle. I have put together my own little calorie counting spreadsheet and have been sticking to it for two weeks already. I had a very bad day yesterday, calorie count was massive - but, despite that, my count for the week still fell below the daily average I am using, based on a very conservative average BMR (it is lower than the recommended BMI calculated on the NHS website). I am also being sensible in that I am trying not to go too far below the recommended intake, so that my body does not decide to go into starvation mode and hang on to the fat!! Am keen to hear from others of a similar age, as I feel that we are the ones that appear to struggle more, being menopausal and if any of you have had success in losing weight this way, it would be very encouraging for me indeed.