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I'm 49 and finished menopause about a year ago. In the past 1.5 years I have put on 43 lbs despite eating less, exercising the same and not making any other changes that could affect my weight such as medication. The only consolation in this is that prior to gaining all of this weight I was very thin (100 lbs) so I look 'plump' rather than really big but at 5' 3" tall, 143 lbs is really not a healthy weight for me.
My thyroid levels are fine and all else is okay. I know that metabolism slows down (gradually) as people age but I think that 43 lbs in under 2 years is a bit insane. I have not gained additional weight but am having a hard time losing it.
Has anyone else found themselves gaining a sizeable amount of weight during perimenopause or after menopause?
Second question: I am not on HRT but am considering it. For those who opted for HRT, did it cause weight gain? That is about the last thing I need right now.
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