Women, Weight Gain and Menopause – Part 1

Women, Weight Gain and Menopause

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Here’s the truth, ladies….when considering weight gain and menopause, it’s all about caloric intake. I know, I know, millions of women will disagree. Hundreds of books and articles are going to tell you it is more complicated than that.

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While I agree that for obese women, it is more complicated than that, for just plain overweight post-menopausal women, it isn’t rocket science.

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Speaking of obesity, I have recently come across this article: “The Obesity Gene”. If you suffer from obesity, this might be worth looking in to.

Genetic Mutation Connected to Obesity, Insulin ResistanceAn Environmental Link To Obesity

Here is why I am writing about the truth of caloric intake. It is a well-known fact that after menopause, a woman’s metabolism slows down. Women do not need as many calories as they did before menopause. Those calories that used to get burned, no longer get burned. They stay in the body and get stored as fat.

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This is anecdotal evidence, but very much worth considering, and I found extremely interesting.

About Caloric Intake

Friend #1- Age 68. She is in excellent cardio-vascular condition. She is a mad woman on a mountain bike. She bikes a hundred miles a week, at least. She also attends a weight-lifting class at the gym twice a week. She is a caterer, so she works with, and is around, food. She seemed to have that extra 15-20 pounds she could lose, but still looked relatively good.

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Friend #2– Age 70. She lacks in being in good physical condition. I would consider her to be in about the average condition you would think a 70-year-old would be in, comparing her to other women her age, living in the U.S. The fact is, she could have taken better care of her physical health. Another fact is, she really wasn’t that much overweight. She had a large mid-section/abdominal area. It made her quite unhappy.

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Friend #1 Story: Her upper-to-mid spine had deteriorated so badly, that she had a titanium spine replacement surgery. No mountain-biking for her for a few months. No exercise whatsoever. She needed to remain very still, while her spine healed. She was on pain-control medications, of course. The medications, and the pain that she had when they were not effective, caused her to lose her appetite.

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With no exercise, and a severely limited caloric intake, she lost 23 pounds in 3 and a half months. Yes, some of that was muscle, because she had plenty of muscle to lose. I am still working on her fashion-sense, trying to get her to lose the mom-jeans and flaunt her new bod.

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Friend #2 Story: With deteriorating hips, she opted too have two hip-replacement surgeries in 10 weeks. She was on pain-control medications, and she, too, lost her appetite. Though eventually she should be able to move better, thus having the opportunity to get her body stronger and in better shape, she reported to me that, again, with no exercise, no appetite and thus a severely limited caloric intake, she had lost 15 pounds to date. She is certainly happy about that!

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I am not advocating to ignore or fore-go the health benefits of exercise for any person: man, child or post-menopausal woman. That would be silly. Everyone needs at least 45 minutes of cardio-exercise at least 3 times a week. Weight should never be any person’s sole concern. Overall health of the body (and the mind, but that is for another day…) should be of primary concern. Staying relatively physically fit is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and what you gain from exercising is completely worth the effort.

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I understand that I am only using two individuals to support my hypothesis. I believe that if one explored further, my hypothesis would play out as I have observed.

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It’s about the calories.

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Caloric Intake, Menopause and Weight Gain —  Please Read Part 2

 

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Menopause and Weight Gain – Part 2

Menopause and Weight Gain – Part 2

When it comes to menopause and weight gain, if you choose to lower your caloric intake by cutting out your nutritious food choices, I will write the obvious and strongly suggest you do not do that. However you chose to cut your caloric intake, it is recommended that you add a multivitamin, daily.

Plexus Products include a multivitamin labeled Plexus X-Factor. You can read more about this unique, proprietary blend by clicking this link here:

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If you agree with my conclusion, then I am going to give you a quick rundown of a couple of issues and the Plexus Products that may help.

Here is another total, absolute, undeniable truth. I love to eat. I love food! I eat for emotional comfort.

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I wish this wasn’t so. Because of this undeniable truth, there are going to be issues that arise, in attempting to lower caloric intake, to lose weight.

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I have carbohydrate cravings. Salty, crunchy, savory, sweet…. I am not biased. Just give it to me. Plexus offers a product labeled ProBio5. This is a Candida yeast cleanse. Candida is what can create these weight-loss-sabotaging cravings. Read more about ProBio5 by clicking the link below:

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You know what a happy day is for me? Truth— I am so busy, I don’t get hungry and I forget to eat. I always eat breakfast, which always includes a protein. But after that, when the evening rolls around, and I haven’t eaten much, maybe a snack or very small lunch, I am thrilled! This doesn’t give me a license to pig out at dinner time, though.

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What about the days when I am remembering I want to eat every 20 minutes? Ugh. This is where we get to the issue of appetite suppressants. My previous experience with appetite suppressants has been very negative. Having the “jitters” would be putting it mildly.

Plexus Slim, the pink drink, has, as one of it’s many ingredients, a most-natural variety of plant-based appetite suppressants. I have found that it gently suppresses your appetite with none of the negative effects of the usual suppressants I find in stores.

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Plexus also offers, as an addition to the Plexus Slim pink drink, two companion products. The first one is Accelerator+ and the second one is a new product called Boost. They are to be used along with Plexus Slim drink.

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I have been using Plexus Boost for six weeks, and I started noticing a change in my eating habits after about three weeks. At this time, I think Boost is working wonders for me! True thing— I am not thinking about food, and I am not consuming nearly as much food, and I am not stressing out about where and what my latest/next food-fix is coming from.

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In short— if you are a women who has gone through menopause and weight gain was the result, lowering your caloric intake will get you to lose weight fast. Cleansing Candida from your body will help you loose the carbohydrate cravings, which will help you eat less. Finding the right appetite-suppressant will help you take in less calories, which makes losing weight that much easier.

Exercise is always valuable, but when it comes to menopause and weight gain, it’s time to take your caloric intake seriously.

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Autoimmune Disease and Alternative Medicine

Autoimmune Disease and Alternative Medicine

Did you know that in the case of autoimmune disease, 24 million people suffer from the effects of diseases like Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis? This does not include the numbers of people who suffer from allergic reactions and asthma.

That sound like an epidemic.

I found the most amazing article, that I believe every single person who is immune system -impaired, should read. The title is: “How To Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease“. Here is the Linky Goodness-

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/07/30/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/

I am going to quote and discuss a few of the more important facts in the article. But I hope you will read the entire piece, because there is a reason it was #2 in the Google search!

Autoimmune Disease

Let’s start with this, in a nutshell: “Autoimmune disease conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. ”

In other words, the symptoms from these diseases happen when the chemical systems in your body go haywire. The circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, urinary system, lymphatic system, autoimmune system, respiratory system, nervous system and reproductive system cannot communicate and function together as they are meant to.

A functioning automobile engine uses oil and other fluids to ease the friction that develops when metal parts work together, otherwise your car would overheat. Your biochemical systems work the same way, and when they don’t have what they need to ease the “friction”, you develop inflammation, which is the basis for all autoimmune symptoms. If your car is not getting the oil it needs, you can keeps dumping oil in it and pray it keeps running, or you can remove the cause of the problem and get the systems functioning correctly.

What is Alternative Medicine?

­ (sic) Conventional physicians are trained to shut off inflammation with medication, but are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease and are not addressing the cause.  Functional (alternative) medicine is a different way of thinking about disease that teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms and to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.”

If the medical community as such, does not care to repair the cause, then alternative medicine treatments should definitely be considered. Does alternative medicine work? Think about this- there’s no such thing as “alternative medicine“. If you try a new approach, and you find that a therapy works, it’s good medicine. And if a therapy doesn’t work, then it’s not an alternative for you. It doesn’t matter if it “approved” or not. If it works for you or not is the only thing that matters.

From the article: “(My patients’) results simply reflect the application of a new model of thinking about problems called functional medicine — it’s a way to get to the root of health problems and treat the underlying causes of what ails you instead of suppressing symptoms with medications.”

Call it alternative medicine or call it functional medicine. It is very simple. Do what makes sense.

Alternative for Your Autoimmune Disease?

At the end of the article are nine ways to cure the cause of your systemic breakdown. There are more than nine ways, and I have another possibility for you.

I am an ambassador for Plexus Slim, a natural, plant-based powder, that you mix with water and drink, that was developed for diabetics, to balance and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It is called “the pink drink that makes you shrink”, because a side-effect of taking the drink is fast weight loss (if you consider 2-3 months fast…). I also say “and puts your body back in sync” because that is what it can do— get your biochemical systems functioning the way they should, and working together again.

Plexus also offers two other products, BioCleanse,  and ProBio5. The use of these products has had amazing results for many people. Please click “Testimonals”, in the header menu at the top of the front page, to read the individual articles.

In these testimonials, and thousands more, you will find that, besides the relief they found, it is just so EASY! Anyone can do it. With the other two products mentioned above, yes, they are pills.  If they could make those into a drink, I am sure they would have. (It’s a great company!)

(Note: Plexus Worldwide products have only been FDA-approved as a weight loss supplement, not as a medically-approved curative for any disease.)

My question to you is—what have you got to lose? Obviously-money. The products aren’t free, or covered by insurance. Would you consider that spending your money on a natural remedy and not on medications that are toxic for you, a good investment? Here’s the thing. Honesty is the best policy, so— Plexus Worldwide believes in its products so much, that they have a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. If you find that Plexus products do not work for you within that time-frame, then you haven’t lost a thing. (It really is a great company!)

The article suggests many ways to beat the causes of your disease. Here is an opportunity for you to possibly end your suffering. A simple drink…a couple of pills…sounds unbelievable, I know. But maybe, just maybe, Plexus Slim can change your life, and kick your autoimmune disease to the curb, for good!

Are You Ready? Order Here!

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Is the hcg diet a Valuable Weight Loss Program?

 Here is my personal experience with the hcg diet. In 2007, I hit the wall, as far as my weight gain was concerned. I was 51, I had just entered menopause, I had gone on a cruise with my daughter, and after taking one look at a photo of myself from the trip, I was just d-o-n-e.

 I think that the being -done, finished, finito, fed up, end of the line, this is going to stop right now- mind-set, is the most important part of losing weight. “Eff It. Enough.” If you have reached that point, you will have the willpower it takes to lose the weight.

 And, oh please, I don’t want to hear about how weight loss doesn’t take willpower. Baloney. When you choose not to put that cookie in your mouth, even though it is sitting there, all perfect and yummy, begging you to do it, and you pass it up, that is willpower. Every moment of every day is a challenge to your weight loss willpower.

You need all the help you can get.

 What Happens When You Choose the hcg diet

 I went to a doctor-sponsored diet center I found online. They advertised that they provided a hcg diet program, and after investigating, I thought the hcg diet, with injections, would be the right action for me. Yet right out of the gate, the doctor was upfront and completely honest about weight loss. If I wanted to lose weight, taking hcg would boost my metabolism, and help me shed the pounds much faster, but I was going to have to change the way I ate, forever.

 I will post the new way of eating in another article, but I am sure you all know the drill. Say good-bye to bad carbs.

list of good and bad carbohydrates

No more flour, rice, potatoes. No more starchy or fried foods. No pizza, pasta, tortillas, bread, french fries, cake, cookies, candy….no more mashed potatoes! Thank goodness I had hit the wall, because until that time, I could simply not fathom making such a drastic change in my life. I was perfectly aware that I needed to give up those things, which is why I kept gaining weight, because I was unwilling to do so.

Until I was.

Hcg diet results

There are two issues with the hcg diet that I should make note of. The first is that I did not have a 500-calories-a-day meal plan. I would think that anyone who only ate 500 calories a day would lose weight, no matter what. I also do not believe that it is a very healthy choice. The second is that I did not use oral hcg. My doctor said definitively that drops do not work. Opinions may vary.

I began and stayed with the hcg diet program for 4 months. In those 4 months, I lost 28 pounds. I am five feet tall and light-boned. That 28 pounds is about 50 pounds on a regular-sized woman. I was thrilled!

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I went on the “maintenance-for-life” way of eating after that. I did not want to gain any weight back, but I wasn’t in “weight loss mode” anymore. I have stayed in that mode of eating ever since. I have gained a few pounds over the years, but most people think I look just fine, even slender. (Of course I don’t think so. I am a woman, and ever so hyper-critical about my appearance…I think that is called vanity…)

Since you are at my Plexus Slim website, you can see that I promote Plexus Slim as a weight loss product. (My site is also heavy on the wellness-aspect of the benefits of Plexus Slim…see Wellness Testimonials here.)

Hopefully you have cruised around my site and are familiar with what the Plexus Products offer.  If not –  get on it! OK, fine, I will give you the short version – Plexus Slim is an all-natural, plant-based powdered drink, developed for diabetics, which was found to have, among many other beneficial “side-effects“, the side-effect of easy and fast weight loss, for SOME people. I am emphasizing “some”, because every body reacts differently to Plexus Slim, and some results are better than others.

So, is the hcg diet effective?

Yes. But you have to consider the cost, which varies depending on your location, and the time you put in to going to your diet center or clinic for the injections, the weigh-ins, the classes, etc., Who has time for that in this day and age? I can tell you with certainty that trying Plexus Slim-pink-drink-that-makes-you-shrink-and-puts-your-body-back-in-sync is less expensive, month-over-month, than the hcg diet program, and is far less time-consuming. I mean, mixing a pink powder in a glass of water and drinking it?

Does it get any easier? hcg diet or Plexus Slim drink, you decide.