Struggling losing weight


struggling with my weight, I am a 47 year old woman, I work 4 days a wk I try and do 2-3 fitness classes every wk. I walk my 3 dogs for 20 mins every morning. Eat healthy during the week and not so good at weekends but do walk the dogs for about an hr a day at the weekends. I did try slimming world for 10 months lost 10lbs. I have put 7lbs of that back on. I think I maybe going through my menopause. Anybody else struggling.


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  • Hi and welcome Jaks :)

    Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread, then move through to the challenges, where we hope you'll find at least one that will appeal to you.

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    Take a look at the 12 week plan, as a lot of people have been successful with it, making sure to enter your details into the BMI calculator, to get a calorie allowance tailored to your personal requirements. Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate.

    We run daily weigh-in's and you'd be very welcome to join us. The threads can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the home page, bottom on a mobile.

    We've found that to get the best out of this community, we need to be active on the forum, as it's where we exchange information, get motivation and inspiration and make friends. We hope that you'll join us here, regularly, too.

    It's only left for me to wish you well on your journey :)

  • People often find it difficult to lose weight around the time of menopause because hormones have a huge impact on fat storage too. It doesn't matter how active you are if you continue to take in too much food that spikes your insulin levels you will be predisposed to gain weight.

    Things such as flour, sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, cous cous, most cereals including wheat biscuits and wheat that is shredded, baked beans or low-fat yoghurt should be avoided. It's possible to mitigate the insulin spike by combining very small amounts with fat, protein, acid and low Gi foods, but if something stimulates your appetite/leaves you feeling hungry again within an hour or two it probably is an indication of spiking insulin causing your blood glucose to dip.

  • so basically eating plenty of fish, lean meat vegetables. Fruit and salad would be better for me. Is there any diet plans for menopausal women.

  • I bought a low GI/low GL book and it categorises baked beans as low/low. Surely that means they're okay? :) or please tell me if I've misunderstood this book lol it wouldn't surprise me!

  • You're right that they are low Gi, but unfortunately they are an anomaly that spikes insulin. There's a high correlation between Gi and the insulin index, but there are exceptions.

    Even protein, which isn't included in Gi/GL of course, stimulates insulin. Low fat dairy is notably higher on the insulin index than full fat dairy.

  • Interesting to know :) thank you

  • You're most welcome!

  • Lean protein isn't good for us because it depletes the liver of vitamin A, and fruit is only beneficial up to two or three portions per day, because although it provides vitamins it tends to be high in fructose which is a sugar that in excess can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver, insulin resistance, and blood stickiness seven times that of glucose.

    A healthy eating plan is food that has been minimally processed

  • I'm definitely struggling! But as I'm only 27 hopefully not due to the menopause yet! :) stick with it as being active is always good for you even if the weight isn't shifting. I don't have an answer for you really but wanted to be supportive :) - just keep trying and you will get there. Slimming world showed you that your body CAN lose weight, you just have to find the way that works for you to keep it off.

  • Hi Jaks, I'm 43 and started SW again in January and have found it seems harder to shift the weight second time around, I have lost half a stone, but a loss is a loss. I have joined a gym and do a combination of cardio and weight resistant workouts. Set realistic goals which I feel help and I feel so much better though, keep going though and hopefully you see the results soon. Good luck. x

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