I'm very frustrated and the more people I talk to, the more confused I get.
I'm a 5'5", 180 lb., 50-yr. old female in menopause. Last December I quit smoking and gained 12 lbs. with no changes to diet (quitting always caused weight gain, which is why I was 160 lbs. at the time--several past attempts). I seem to have the smoking thing licked! Two months ago, I joined a gym and started doing cardio and strength training 5 days a week and immediately gained another 8 lbs. So I'm now 20 lbs. heavier.
I've been on 1500 (net, after exercise) calories daily for months and the scale will not budge. I am absolutely not underestimating my caloric intake nor overestimating my workout calories burned. (I'm measuring, weighing and using My Fitness Pal to track, BTW.)
Both a 113-lb. fitness guru client of mine and a body builder who works at GNC recently told me to up my calories to 2,340 (my weight X 13 for my activity level) and eat a 40/40/20 ratio of carbs/protein/fats for weight loss. I'm finding it very very difficult to consume more than 1500 calories--I suspect I've been eating in that range naturally for years.
95% of the time, I make good food choices. Steel cut oats, protein shakes, Quest bars, lean protein, vegetables, salads.
I'm wondering how it's physically possible to not be losing weight. Does it have something to do with menopause? Hormones? I've had my thyroid tested and it's normal. Does anyone agree with the advice to add so many calories?
Thread: Age 50 and can't lose weight