Help! Extreme Weight Gain. Nothing Working. Ideas?

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Hi Ladies, I hit peri a few years ago (I'm 47). I also have a large fibroid which I know accounts for my big belly but doesn't explain big boobs, arms etc. I did have a terrible naturopath try to give me natural progesterone which made me gain a lot of weight quickly in a few weeks, at least 10 pounds or more so that got me off to an even worse start. Ever since then I've been cutting calories even tho I've always eaten paleo and healthy, and upped exercise. Had my thyroid and insulin levels checked, all normal. I take thyroid meds already. And I'm still a fat cow all the fat mostly in my middle though I've gained weight all over. I've tried green tea pills etc. It's just so sudden in the last year. I've gone up 2 pant and bra sizes!! I know if I can get the giant 12 ish cm fibroid taken care of (fighting with insurance) that will help my belly but prob not my boobs etc. Have any of you found anything that works? It seems like taking hormones you're low in (progesterone) can actually make you gain weight. Which baffles me. I WILL NOT BECOME A FAT MIDDLE AGED LADY!!! Esp since I hardly eat and I see super thin women in their 60s and up. I know my metabolism is not the best (hypothyroid) but before peri, since I eat so well I was still very thin, about a size 6/sm. Any ideas ladies?

Yours Truly, The Middle Aged Blob

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    im a big fat whale too ! with even fat shoulders !

    i was 110lbs now like 140 or maybe more !! scared to weigh myself .

    its probably the hormones i was on them 8-9 months and now off them!

    had to go out and buy loads of sweats cannot fit into ANY clothes! and yes i too refuse to be fat !

    its the worse feeling .

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    hi sakura! checj out the book called "Udoctored" by william Davs, md...

    its basically a no grain, low sugar low carb diet... it has helped my husband and me...

    its also gotten rid of my husbands reflux and heartburn ...

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    It's interesting that you brought this up. I was struggling to gain weight about three years ago. Now I have gotten so big none of my clothes really fit me. My problem areas are the boobs and belly also. I used to be a 34ddd now I'm like a 42ddd. I used to wear a size 4 now I wear size 14. It's madness!

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    Well all you lovely ladies I found out this week that I weigh 23 stone so please none of you lose sleep as I can assure you that I have won this race (first race ever, lol) I am definitely the fat one.

    Just count your blessings that you haven't got the mind that thinks food every time I have a worry.

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    I wish I knew... Bought new bras in Dec and went up which i think was due to the back fat too!! I just feel uncomfortable. Was at the Dr's this last week and she didn't tell me to lose BUT NOT TO GAIN during this time.. OK, so how can I do that?? I hear really good things about Keto ( low carb) but need to get my mind focused to stick with it.

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    There's a reason, fat stores estrogen. Think that's why our bodies want to gain weight at this time, to preserve what's left and help us out. Two years ago I lost 30 pounds during my melt down and I just got sicker, so being too thin isn't the answer. Since then I've put the 30 + 10 back on, ugh, and feel my weight going up up up, going to the next size in clothing too. I look pregnant. No fibroids to blame.

    I don't know what 23 stone is but it sounds tiny.

    When I lost the weight I went alcohol/dairy/gluten/sugar/fruit free,

    drank strictly water, ate salads and vegetables only with about a tablespoon of EVOO, no other oils/butter, eventually I cut out meat too. The weight melted off. That kind of diet is just impossible to maintain and not very healthy since we need fruit.

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