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Offline Vanessa  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:06:28 PM(UTC)
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One of my good friends has used testosterone supplements for years and she is very feminine and fit - lean. Since turning 50 I notice its so much harder to stay lean. I have gained 7-10 pounds which are IMPOSSIBLE to lose. Can anyone comment on testosterone replacement? I heard that over time testosterone drops and it becomes very difficult due to that to maintain your weight. I appreciate any comments on this subject.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:56:46 PM(UTC)
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I asked my 'flake' PCP about getting that and s/he said it would grow hair on my face. Sorry, I have SERIOUS menopause and don't know much about hormones at all.
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Offline Vanessa  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:00:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MissJ Go to Quoted Post
I asked my 'flake' PCP about getting that and s/he said it would grow hair on my face. Sorry, I have SERIOUS menopause and don't know much about hormones at all.



That's such a crock. Your Dr probably doesnt know any better. My friend looks fantastic and very feminine after using it for 25 years.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:50:49 PM(UTC)
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As I said, my doc is a FLAKE.
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Offline Larazelle  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:03:42 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vanessa Go to Quoted Post
One of my good friends has used testosterone supplements for years and she is very feminine and fit - lean. Since turning 50 I notice its so much harder to stay lean. I have gained 7-10 pounds which are IMPOSSIBLE to lose. Can anyone comment on testosterone replacement? I heard that over time testosterone drops and it becomes very difficult due to that to maintain your weight. I appreciate any comments on this subject.



Hi Vanessa -

I've heard that it could adversely affect the heart if the dose is not "right" for the person. Why don't you lift weights - have you seen how lean and wonderful female weight lifters look? Also lifting is supposed to boost testosterone levels in the blood. Regarding weight have you tried the 5:2 diet - it is quite easy to do and it DOES WORK - its fasting (500 cals) for 2 days and then eating anything you like (within reason- lol) the other 5 days. I like it as I hate depriving myself of stuff I like to eat - so after my "Fast" day I eat what I want the next day. Today is my fast day and I am allotted 500 calories - I have consumed 420 - so now I am going to eat a diet yogurt which is 80 calories and then go to bed - it is hard to sleep though on my fast days - but I take some Nyquil. I tried doing the Every other day diet - but I found this one is easier and it works. I just started this diet today and hope that I lose 5 pounds by the end of July - will keep youll posted. Also I have noticed a side benefit of this wonderful diet - I have more time!! - since I don't have to cook (I eat Lean cuisine) and I like the spiritual feeling of not eating or craving food. After a while you don't even feel hungry. Seriously, if I didn't LOVE sleep so much I would not care about food - but every time I don't get enough protein I don't sleep as long, well or deeply.
Offline Chris K  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:37:37 AM(UTC)
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That sounds like a whacky diet

Any diet that does not allow a good nights sleep is going to backfire

Lean cuisine isn't that simple. It's somewhat processed and loaded with iodized, dead salt


Offline Vanessa  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:19:51 AM(UTC)
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I watch what I eat 7 days a week and don't lose so I doubt fasting 2 days would help me. I definately have a more involved hormone issue but maybe the weight lifting. My issue with though with lifting is that I don't know where to start. Not wanting to go to the gym either.
Offline Robin  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:18:13 AM(UTC)
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to answer your original question Vanessa, testosterone alone will not necessarily help you lose weight. But getting ALL of your hormones, including testosterone, optimized and balance will likely help, esp if you are perimemopausal or menopausal.

to optimize you need a full blood workup and a doctor who specializes in wellness medicine and hormone balancing.

Offline Larazelle  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:04:00 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris K Go to Quoted Post
That sounds like a whacky diet

Any diet that does not allow a good nights sleep is going to backfire

Lean cuisine isn't that simple. It's somewhat processed and loaded with iodized, dead salt




Then this diet should be right up YOUR alley ChrisK - lol -Angel

The point is IT DOES WORK - at least for me - there is also good research on it - it works as every other diet does - Calorie restriction - but I prefer just to suffer 2 days a week instead of the whole week. Here is a good article from The Guardian about it:

https://www.theguardian....iet-too-good-to-be-true
Offline Larazelle  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:06:38 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vanessa Go to Quoted Post
I watch what I eat 7 days a week and don't lose so I doubt fasting 2 days would help me. I definately have a more involved hormone issue but maybe the weight lifting. My issue with though with lifting is that I don't know where to start. Not wanting to go to the gym either.



If you don't lose doing that then it must be a hormonal issue - I would take Robin's advice and consult a hormone specialist. There are a LOT of easy Utube videos for beginning weight lifters. I have noticed that when I slack off on my "very easy" weight lifting schedule I tend to gain weight. You will be surprised at how it helps with weight loss. Also - TRY the 5:2 diet and see what happens.

Offline Vanessa  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:54:44 PM(UTC)
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Good advice Robin and Lazarelle. I will try youtube and do beginner weights too. I am also making an appt with a hormone specialist. This is so depressing.
Offline Chris K  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:30:34 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vanessa Go to Quoted Post
Good advice Robin and Lazarelle. I will try youtube and do beginner weights too. I am also making an appt with a hormone specialist. This is so depressing.




It's depressing to do nothing. 50s is still young. Start the ball rolling and you feel productive.
Offline Vanessa  
#13 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:01:31 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Chris K Go to Quoted Post
It's depressing to do nothing. 50s is still young. Start the ball rolling and you feel productive.



Are you my mother?? Why do I feel that you are constantly on my butt?
Offline Chris K  
#14 Posted : Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:26:38 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vanessa Go to Quoted Post
Are you my mother?? Why do I feel that you are constantly on my butt?





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Offline Vanessa  
#15 Posted : Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:09:06 AM(UTC)
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Omg. Im in big trouble now. Holy smokes. 😷
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