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Focus on fresh, real, homemade food. You need to consume fewer calories, but they need to be high-quality, nutritious Speaking of calories, a sedentary older woman in her 50s and 60s should consume about 1,600 calories per day. If you’re Protein is important to replace muscle and protect.

I’m thinking it’s better not to gain that weight in the first place. Protein is important to replace muscle and protect bones—5 to 6 ounces of lean protein per day, such as that in dairy products, poultry, and fish. The best diets for older women are the Mediterranean diet and the low-carb diet. Menopause weight gain: Stop the middle age spread. Most women gain weight as they age, but excess pounds aren’t inevitable.

To minimize menopause weight gain, step up your activity level and enjoy a healthy diet. By Mayo Clinic Staff. In a study, women lost weight at menopause by eating a diet with more nutrients and fewer calories. They ditched sugary drinks, fried foods, meats, cheese, and desserts for fish.

How tough your fight will be against menopausal weight gain really depends on your body type and overall health. Why People Diet, Lose Weight and Gain It All Back February 2. Phytoestrogens and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids from fish, may also help. You may want to limit added sugars, processed carbs, alcohol, caffeine and high-sodium or.

Eat every 3-4 hours so you don’t get hungry. Three meals and two snacks per day (three if you wake up early). Exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week to maintain a healthy weight; increase workout time if your goal is to lose weight. Make breakfast and lunch your largest meals. Foods to Eat during/after Menopause Plenty (and I mean plenty) of fruits and vegetables. A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps improve cholesterol, It can also help promote normal hormone function in women by providing your body with anti-oxidants. For the most Gluten free grains.

To attack belly fat and any other menopause weight gain, you’ll need to burn between 400 and 500 calories most days of the week from cardiovascular exercise, such as walking briskly, jogging. In other words, choose whole foods (veggies, fruits, whole grains) and high-quality fats, carbs, and proteins. Eat smaller meals, more often being especially sure to eat a healthy snack after 3.

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This latter benefit is the reason anaerobic or weight-bearing exercise becomes so important during the perimenopause and menopausal years, when maintaining a healthy weight is an important issue.

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Ann Louise Gittelman, author of Before the Change: Take Charge of Your Perimenopause, notes that weight gain, a common problem in perimenopausal and menopausal women, can be minimized by eating the right kinds of foods.

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• Eat healthily – people on lower calorie diets tend to live longer and meeting the body’s additional demands as you age is important, i.e. a female who has heavy periods throughout her life will need more iron, a menopausal client will need more calcium to help keep bones healthy.

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—Do not cause menopausal symptoms but do increase risk of osteoporosis.

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Some menopausal women gain weight—perhaps for the first time in their life!

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42 (C) The decreased food intake from self-imposed dieting in a woman can lead to changes such as hormonal deficiencies (e.g., follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, thyroxine).

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At-risk menopausal women should be assessed and may need to receive specific dietary counselling (NAMA, 2010).

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balance.27 It has also been found that both body fat and weight increase significantly in women becoming menopausal.

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  • I chose to give up sugar on Christmas. First few days was challenging with Christmas sweets everywhere around me. Over a week later I feel amazing. No sugar cravings. We can do this! ❤️

  • Hi Anne! Happy New Year! Yes, aging is not an easy task! Unfortunately. Great video, thanks for sharing with us. I totally agree with your commentary. Carbs and sugar, are not a favorable vice, but every day…is a new opportunity to change your life!! xoxo Robin in Florida

  • I am the same, if I have one bite of dessert I am going to eat the whole thing, and more. I have to stay away from it. I also do not do pasta, mostly due to gluten. You stated it perfectly, a smoker can’t have just one cigarette. A sugar addict can’t have just a bite. I unfortunately failed New Years day and am just getting back to my detox phase. No sugar for a good 2 weeks, no bread. I didn’t notice a weight gain after menopause, but I was only 38. I did notice a decline in muscle tone, and my weight shifted.

  • So no mention of the science of menopause and specific advice. Just “track your food” repeated for 7 min. Which doesn’t always work. I track and can’t lose an ounce

  • I’m 52 and quit smoking about 3 months ago and even if I am walking 5-10 km a day since 6 weeks and now doing intermittent fasting since 2 weeks, I cannot lose 1 pound. I love walking and will continue but I am super disappointed in my results. I am eating super healthy and reduced my portions as well, no bread, no sugar. I will now start writing down everything I eat to check my calories. I am praying for a miracle! ��

  • Thank you. I suffered from ovarian cancer, and after having a full bilateral salphingo oorthepy hysterectomy, I created surgical menopause and later I had a tibia plataeu fracture, now trying to loose weight, as I went from a US size 4-6, even after having two kids, I’m now a size 14-16:(, will try and cut down on sugar etc

  • Wow. Congrats on your success and thank you! Sugar is my addiction too.
    I have got to stay away from it. I need to find some exercise too. Thank you

  • Thank you so much for such an inspiring story, Anne! ��I gained the hell a lot of weight because of sugar addiction and I’m noticing that all these unhealthy extra kilos make me look much older than I really am. I’m not even gonna mention the health issues that follow. Your video came out exactly when I’d started considering to ditch sugar completely. Thank you for motivation! Do you eat any sugar substitutes like granola sweetened by maple syrup or something? I don’t believe much in sugar substitutes but just wanted to know your opinion ❤️☺️

  • I so get you. Alcohol and sugar are the same substance metabolized in the body…both are sugar!! One is a plane and one is a train leading to the same destiny. I was a sugar addict for most of my life. I am 62 and don’t like it anymore. I don’t crave it at all. If I am at an event and do eat something with sugar, I feel terrible several days after. I think in 2019, I hate sugar 3 times. The cleaner I eat and better I feel, I run from it. I do get Trader Joe’s 100% cacao bars with zero sugar. No one in my family likes it because it is bitter. I really enjoy it. Never want or could go back to eating processed junk food. My health is my wealth.

  • I love watching these types of videos. I started into a premenopausal state at 27. I had a vaginal hysterectomy, but got to keep my ovaries. The Dr said I had another 35 years of good use of them left. We’ll now that I’m in my early 50’s, my weight has increased. But I believe I’m an addict of sugar also. And chocolate, girl I’m a chocoholic! This video has truly inspired me. And I believe I was meant to see this to help me begin my weight loss journey. Thank you for being so blunt and so real. That’s extremely helpful to ppl like me. I believe if I cut out those things I’ve been eating that I already know are “bad” for me, I will lose the weight I need to. I have always enjoyed walking too. However a motorcycle accident that broke my right foot and leg, changed all of that for me. I still enjoy walking, although too much of that causes my ankle to swell and I have to keep it elevated and iced for up to 4 days each time. So I have to do no impact workouts and that my dear is difficult for me. But I am truly inspired, and I know that once I set my mind on something, I will achieve it. Thanks again Anne, you’re the best. Much love to you. P.s. I will try to keep you posted as to my journey successes and fails. Xoxo Laura Ann��

  • A small metabolic workout, even 7 minutes, to raise your heart rate at least 3 times a week helps boost metabolism. I do metabolic everydaybfor 15 minutes and it really boosted my metabolism

  • I am addicted to sugar. There I said. I get soooo tired at times and I have to keep on going. I go straight to the sugar. I literally feel it coursing through my veins. You are motivating me again.

  • Im 52 and have been lucky my whole life as far as weight goes. The last year I have been eating, not so good and it is starting to show in my belly. I used to walk almost every day, but live in Maine and its too cold. An excuse! Ive got to start eating better and moving more. Thanks for inspiring me to do so.��

  • At 51, (perimenopause) I’ve just discovered I have Lipedema… No wonder I carry so much weight in my legs, butt, and oh,… the painful swelling! Here was my answer to what’s wrong with my body (beyond just the MS and Fibro).
    I’ve gone Keto and do manual lymphatic massage 3 times a day… lost 19 lbs so far in about 2 months. Long way to go, but it’s definitely helping.

  • Yes!! This is so me also!! I have also had issues with weight and sugar my whole life! In fact I’ve had a love/hate relationship with food my whole life! Even though I would feel bad I still ate the food that was the worst for me! However, I was always able to diet it off or exercise it away when I was younger. But when menopause hit… wow! Belly fat and aching and no energy has hit with a vengeance. Thank you for this video. This is my goal. Not diet so much as eat for my health for the long term. I have always loved exercising but it has become harder as I’ve gotten older. Now I need to eat for my overall health. This was a great video! Thank you!!

  • Hope you had a wonderful holiday Anne �� and Happy New Year!�� for me, sugar and gluten are the demons I eliminate from my daily diet..when i say sugar, also carbs that covert to sugar..yes, I’ll cheat for an occasion but, i definitely feel the difference in terms of energy ��and just how my tummy feels��..its a lifestyle for me not just keeping my weight down but also, type 2 diabetes runs in my family.��‍♀️

  • I so admire your discipline in refusing all sweets. I cut back but no, I haven’t given up ice cream on weekends or special occasions. You look so good in the photo with the tank top and shorts! What a great figure you have. Just curious how tall you are? I read how sugar is so bad for skin aging because of glycation process, and that is really disturbing if we want to stave off aging. Your skin looks great. Thanks for this video, and I wish you a happy 2020. ��

  • Happy New Year Anne! Another helpful, practical, sincere video. Thank you! I love your hair everything about it! Could you please do a video on your highlights and colour? You did a great styling one, with products and tools, but I think your colour is perfect too! Thanks!

  • Oh Anne, you look stunningly beautiful. I love this look on you! I too am addicted to sugar. I’ve managed to lose almost 20 pounds in 18 months due to lifestyle changes, but I still eat some sugar (and I need to lose 5 more pounds). Like you, it zaps me of my energy. I desperately need a change but I can’t imagine life without chocolate (thus the addiction). Thanks for giving me some renewed motivation. PS I just had Lasik eye surgery so if my spelling is wonky, this is why.

  • Have you found a makeup foundation that is best for sebaceous hyperplasia? I love sugar, as the same; “ill just eat 2 mini candy’s and would eat 10 and hour later 10 more….I am a vegan. Was on a 100% plant based diet for 10 months. Lost a whole 6 pounds:(. I did it for anti inflammatory reasons. I as a vegan; eat many carbs. And even veggie and fruit carbs. I find chocolate now gives me headaches, so I find carbs are my next go to. I love to walk. I need to shed 20 pounds. This is not easy. LET ME KNOW WHAT FOUNDATION YOU LIKE.

  • Hi Anne, I’m addicted to carbs and sugar as well. I’m not over weight, but it’s something I do have to be conscious of. I’m curious I live here in central Florida too, how do you manage to walk in the heat?

  • One good thing is that if you were pear shaped, as I was, the gain goes elsewhere and you feel more in proportion. I have gained on stomach, bust and arms.

  • I am diabetic and have lost 30 pounds since March 2019. I am needing to lose another 20 and am finding it hard hit a plateau. I need to increase my physical activity. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more about how you eat

  • Menopausal weight gain is hard! I am having to make some adjustments to my diet. I have never had a belly and it creeped up slowly. I saw a picture of myself from Christmas and I looked pregnant. I made the decision to start taking care of my body regain strength and eat healthier. Sugar had to go I said goodbye to it a few days ago. But do not try to take my cream away with morning coffee ☕️

  • Hi Anne great video thank you for sharing what worked for you for both weight and menapause, it’s muchly appreciate all the best Mary ��

  • Thanks for sharing your story. Yes, you have to be ready to make the change in order for things to really happen. I’ve lost 60 pounds in the past year and a half in menopause. High protein and low carb under the care of an endocrinologist have been the trick for me. I have 60 more to go. So happy that you found what works for you. Happy New Year, Anne. xx, Carla

  • Girl. U just keep changing my life! First the concealer and under eyes and now SUGAR! Sigh. Im gonna do this. No more yo-yo’ing. Was healthy and fit. Then has my first child at 31. Second at 35. And haven’t slept since. I’m turning 38 but I’m done. No more!!! I’m done. Was clean for a month and then we just had Christmas and it’s Jan 3 and I haven’t excercised in 3 days and I’ve had sugar since Boxing Day. Thank you so much Anne. No more! I think u are �� right this is an addiction! Need to do what makes me feel good and strong, not tired and weak.

  • Hi Anne lovely to see you back. I put 2 stone on during menopause. I changed what I ate. I cut out sugar and now eat more fruit and veg and lean meat and fish. It was more of a lifestyle change rather than a diet so it is second nature now. I have now lost it again. It took 18 months. Hubby and I love walking. We enjoy days out with our cameras and can walk 10k most times and I have just ordered some dumbbells as I really do need to work on my bingo wings �� ❤️ xx

  • I feel a few pounds creeping on since I started on Tamoxifen (although to be fair menopause is right around the corner for me-just can’t tell for sure with the medication) and I know I need to give up the sugar. Okay that makes two things done-buying make up and sugar.:) The thing you said that really put it into perspective is how you sugar doesn’t work for your body just like certain skin care doesn’t work anymore. I love that and it is a great way to put it so you don’t feel like your depriving yourself. Happy New Year!

  • I love walking also, however my Dr. said the older we get we have to incorporate some type of muscle training and stretching too. Loved the video!

  • You could be sharing my story, Anne. I started Keto four months ago and have found that not eating sugar everyday has stopped the vicious cycle of wanting more sugar and carbs. At 51, my pouchy stomach has finally gone away. I feel less foggy and tired all the time. Unfortunately, I ate sugar over the holiday and saw how easy it could be to get back into it. I’m impressed that you have been eating this way for five years! You go girl! I’m glad that you are back! I missed you while you were gone.

  • Me too! I started keto in nov. cheated a bit over Xmas and unfortunately tonight as well. Back on it tomorrow. I feel so much better when I’m doing keto/ low carb and no sugar

  • I can understand your giving up sugary stuff. I don’t make a habit of sweet stuff, I can live without it but I do love bread, but good stuff, not the commercial stuff. I eat things in moderation. I also hate exercising but I do love to walk. I did put a bit of weight on since going through menopause and am working on taking some of it off. I try to eat healthy but allow a treat every now and then. I am also cutting back on the alcohol consumption.

  • Hi My Name is Tammy and I am a SUGAR ADDICT….I am the same, one piece starts the binge….I cannot have it in the house…SUGAR is my trigger food. I do enjoy my berries and apples…these do not set me off.

  • Lordy, I too am a sugar addict. Not with sugary drinks. I am a water drinker. But chocolate, cookies pastries. I can’t have just one. I am working on giving up the sugar this month.

  • Anne! So proud of you on your recovery from sugar. I work in the field of addiction and have been 24 yr sober and clean. It’s not an easy task at all, once again your honesty and willingness to speak on issues women don’t discuss often. I applaud you. Happy New year and thanks for your posts. Glad your back. ����

  • I have been doing a lifestyle change since October and have cut way back on sugars. I had 1 lousy cupcake last week around 7:00 in the evening good grief I was up till 5:00 in the morning. I couldn’t believe how my body had changed so much in a short amount of time. Big hugs and love. Xoxo ��

  • Great video!.. Food for thought, but, not sugar and carbs!������.. I am 63 on the other side of menopause, I hear ya!.. i need to cut out the sugar and carbs as well!.. thank you for such an awakening!., you are awesome!.����������

  • I would love to see a video where you give us some sample menus of what you eat in a day. I need to get away from salt and sugar also. You have motivated me to focus on better eating habits.

    This is one of those times that I miss my home state of Florida…its so cold here in Illinois. Brrr

  • This video brought back good memories when you and I collaborated on this same subject a year ago!!! We both are such sugar addicts and the pain is real my girl!!! Happy Friday. xo Laurie

  • A year ago I said enough with being overweight. I stared on Keto and that has been the only meal plan that has given me results. I now need to my my bum and start walking again. Happy New Year����❤️

  • I had a gastric bypass surgery. About 4 or 5 years ago. I lost about a 120 lbs and have kept it off without really trying. The secret is my stomach is much smaller. The only issues is that I need to take EXSPENSIVE vitamins and have to keep track of my protein intake. I also need to exercise to maintain muscle mass. However, before having the surgery, my weight loss clinic had me take 6 months of classes to teach me gastric bypass surgery diets. After the surgery and lots of attention to what I eat it became second nature. Also, when I eat too much of bad things, I get sick with stomach aches and nausea and sometimes diarrhea to remind me those foods are a no, no! But I still eat a couple of bites without any problems. One day a co-worker told me I had a nice figure. I haven’t heard anything like that since in my late 20’s. This was after having a baby and getting married.

  • Anne I’m 63 and have always struggled with my weight but these past 3 years it has been awful! I am the highest I have ever been and I KNOW I have a sugar addiction so I am listening carefully to what you say. I have always likened myself to an alcoholic in that a little chocolate is too much and chocolate all day long is not enough. I will be waiting to hear more about the way that you handled this addiction. That’s truly what it is for me.

  • Happy New Year!! Thank you for sharing how you are fighting weight gain during menopause. I’ve always been pretty small while being able to eat most everything. I’ve also been a gym rat most of my life. At 52, I’m not as interested in going to the gym quite the way I used to and I’m finding I can’t eat the same either. I guess I’m ‘pre-menopause’ as I still have cycles. Migraines are a real problem right now and my cycles are semi-sporadic. Just a tough time for women! Anyway, thank you for sharing. I’d love to hear more-recipes, etc. God bless!! And have a great day. ��

  • For me sugar wasn’t the issue, its been the salty, bready foods. I cannot have chips in my house. AT ALL. I will eat an entire bag, no matter the size. Even if I think I don’t like it! I can keep tortilla chips in the house. Those hold no appeal to me in bingeing. When I was in my early 40’s, I bought the book Sonoma Diet. Because it wasn’t a diet. It was all about retraining your taste buds and portion sizes. That was the first thing that helped me. It taught me to how to make healthy meals that my entire family would eat. And to this day they ask for when home. Real, whole food, with flavor. It’s the flavor part that is key. I eat less and am satisfied. I started walking every day. As I was turning 50, I started noticing weight creeping on ever so slightly. I started paying attention to HOW I was eating, HOW my body was feeling. My entire life I’ve always wanted to skip breakfast. I tested out intermittent fasting. For 2 yrs I’ve managed to keep the weight off now and my body feels great. I generally eat my first something between 12 & 1. Scrambled eggs, a bowl of black bean soup, nothing heavy. Just a little fuel. Maybe there’s a snack of fruit or nuts between then and dinner. Depends on the day. I then eat a healthy dinner of protein and a veg. Rarely dessert. I’ve just really learned to pay attention to my body. I know when I’m needing more fruits or veggies, or when I need more protein, sometimes my body says it needs a few more carbs. Now I only really do it Mon-Fri. Weekends the only real difference is the time. We might have a later dinner out with friends etc. About 6 yrs ago I also added yoga to my day. Some days it’s only 20 min, other’s it’s an hour. One thing I have learned in life is we all need to be paying attention to our body. It will tell us what it needs if we are truly in tune with ourselves. We just need to listen. We’re all different. The one thing that is the same, the ability to listen to our bodies and what it’s telling us.

  • Hi Anne! Happy New Year! You are a strong, committed, determined woman. It’s great that you took control of your health. I see a nutritionist who has helped me with food choices (it’s tough since I have Crohn’s disease which limits many “good” food choices) and having been on steroids at different times has been challenging as well. I eat things I enjoy in moderation and I’ve lost 24 lbs since July. I had also gained after having my thyroid removed…just another thing to add lol. I work out 6-7 days in my home by doing fitness-walking DVDs with HiiT training, light weights & resistance bands. I’ve gained more muscle and feel stronger than when I went into forced menopause. My stubborn area is my lower tummy and having gone through 6 abdominal surgeries (two from C-sections), my doctor says it’s more challenging to lose in that area so I keep working at it. I have about 25 more lb to lose…slow & steady works best for me. My blood levels are all good and my doctor is very proud. He never criticizes but always encourages me. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story Anne; what you did is amazing! ����

  • The word “diet” should refer to the foods we eat normally for me and my family it’s lifestyle change. We cut sugar out. We are mindful of what we eat. No fast food. We meal prep. Lots of veggies and lean protein. Water is our main drink.
    We also use a few tools. My fitness pal app is free, made by under armor. I love my Fitbit.
    I also believe exercise is key. I strength train, do yoga and cardio. I went from 145 to 125 and I feel it’s something I can maintain
    Also, I live with pain in my hips and knees and I have an old shoulder injury. At 55 and in menopause, I can say I’m in the best shape of my life.
    I don’t like to exercise. I don’t think anyone does. But I love how I feel. I love being able to do the things I’ve always been able to do.

  • I’m 35 years old…I have hypothyroidism….my weight was 86…..but now my weight is 70kg last 5th month….i can’t lose my weight…bellow 70kg….I maintain diet,exercise every day….still my weight is 70kg….please suggest diet…to lose stubborn weight

  • Thanks Anne, I was a walker for 10+ years and really loved it! I am also in a neighborhood with lots of hills, so a great high/low impact workout. I was walking 6km about 4 miles every day. Some days I was up to 10km. Then I would work 4 days a week, on my feet for 8 hours….I ended up with two stress fractures in my right foot. No more walking…no more working for 8 weeks. Needless to say I stared gaining weight. As soon as the Walking cast was off I started walking again, but my knees started to hurt. And the weight kept packing on… I finally talked to my Dr and she prescribed Ozempic (insulin) it has reset my metabolism, curbed my appetite and I have lost close to 30 pounds. With the weight loss my knees feel better and I can start to slowly work out again. This worked really well for me, but obviously only with Dr supervision.

  • I’m not even a big sweets person, but I know when I do eat them-I want more. And more. I enjoyed this video very much. I like the idea of treating the bad foods like a disease-you just can’t have them. It also helps me to treat myself as I would a child. Would you let your child eat a tub of ice cream and unlimited cookies? No.Take care of yourself as you would a baby. Can’t wait to see more about your weight/health journey.

  • Hello Anne, I’m glad you’re back! Thank you so much for doing this video! I struggle with sugar, I am 61, I’ve put on 25 lbs in the past yr. I so need to do this! My mother is diabetic and is on dialysis. I dont want to be in the same boat.

  • I agree 100% Anne. I’m a chocoholic. I have to have chocolate and sweets every day… and a lot really A LOT! For now my body somehow burns all these calories and I stay slim but I know that’s so unhealthy. It’s like I’m disrespecting my body. I remember I stopped one day (it was many years ago and I didn’t eat a single cookie for 2 years and I didn’t crave sugar anymore) but then one day I started again. (It was because I was with a friend and… etc. But my point is that you’re absolutely right. The only was to stop is to STOP and not eat even one little piece of chocolate… I have to push myself to stop again. Awesome video!!!

  • My addiction would be Potato chips. I can’t have just one. Walking is the best exercise for weight control that is low impact. Love walking the hills myself even with my 30 year old bunion, lol

  • HELLO ANNE. HAPPY NEW YEAR. I MISSED YOU!! You look amazing. I actually gained 35 lbs. and it’s from yrs hormones and meds (steroids) I have lupus so the meds hold weight. Well, I said ENOUgh!! Now I am battling. I wa always a size 4. Now. (Cough) size 12. I hate it. Everyone said I was too thin. Well. This is insane and I won’t have it. It hurts me more. But sugar. Yes. It’s my thing. I am trying!!

  • Yes I’ve gained a lot of weight in the last 6 months, it’s very discouraging. I guess I should cut sweets out, it’s just so hard.
    Thank you for your video, it’s very welcomed.

  • Hi Anne. I love sweet things. Nothing is toooo sweet for me. Let’s say I’m a chockaholic. I am taking nuskin tegreen tablets. No sugar. No carbs. Yes it’s not easy. So for breakfast and lunch I have a protein shake. I eat fruit but still lots of coffee where I should be drinking water. I work non stop in the house. Every day all day. That is my exercise. Walking here is a no no. Way too dangerous. But also work in the garden. Glad this was your video. Gave me more inspiration to do what you are doing. Many thanks. I take my hat off to you. Glad you are back. Have a wonderful weekend and keep on walking. Till Monday. ������❤️

  • I cut back drastically on sugar three or four years ago in order to lower my blood pressure. I took off 20 pounds in the three months and have easily kept it off. Like you, I get addicted to sugar if I start. I also walk daily about three to four miles.

  • Anne this is a fantastic Video.
    I was always a “big plus size girl” especially after the birth of my son (he’s 28 now)
    I didn’t start losing weight until I was diagnosed with diabetes and it became out of control.
    Currently now I’m a UK size 12-14 but my chest has gone down to a size 16.
    I cut out Carbs for a whole year it worked and now I try and minimize my carb intake regularly.
    Still a diabetic but under control.

  • Hi Anne, I totally get the sugar addiction. I also had to be drastic regarding weight loss. I am 58 and while I lost weight years ago in my 40’s (WW) during menopause. Everything, and more returned. Because I, too am addicted to sugar and carbs, I turned to the Keto Diet. It removes all sugar and all delicious carbs. The benefit is that you can eat lots of fats, like butter and bacon and avocados, etc., but you have to use sugar substitutes like stevia and a few others. The hardest part is giving up pizza and pasta. Keto is getting some traction, so now there are some pizza places that offer Keto friendly pizza crust, but generally, my only carbs come from vegetables. The good part of Keto is that you can still eat chocolate (and drink wine or have a cocktail!), but it is sugar free dark chocolate and it is very limited. I have lost 33 lbs, at this point, so I do allow a “cheat meal” once in a while. I like Keto for the same reason you like your eating style. It totally removes your sugar cravings and that really helps me stay in control. I was a lifetime member of WW for years, but every time I reached my goal, I would fall back into the sugar trap and gain everything back. Just a cute story about “rewarding yourself.” My mom went on WW and every time she lost 1/2 a pound, she would “reward herself” with a jelly donut. It took her 3 years to lose 20 lbs. LOL

  • Absolutely Annie! When you stop the sugar and in my case sugar and carbs you DO NOT CRAVE them….and when you do have sugar for like a special occasion or something it’s like an explosion for your body with the bloat and GI discomfort….which in turn just clarifies to me that sugar is literal poison for the body turning on an inflammatory response…..If I eat a pasta dish(which I love) I feel sooo bloated for the next 24 hrs…it’s CRAZY….
    I just stay away from that stuff for the most part….when I eat chocolate it’s 70% or higher dark chocolate….I really like it and it staves off any sweet tooth I may encounter(sugar/carb addiction is a real thing) Thanks for your experience sharing❤️❤️❤️
    Happy New year too!!!

  • Hi everyone! It’s so good to be back. I filmed this before Christmas. I wanted to save this video for after the holidays because I know how hard it is to even think about getting healthy during the holidays. In the next video I’m going to talk more about what I eat. As I said in the video I’m not an expert I’m just sharing what works for me. I’ve been able to keep the weight off. The biggest change is making this a lifestyle change. I hope that you find this helpful. If you did please share this as I know how frustrating it is the lose weight and this would be helpful to many. Next week I’ll be starting my new series. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the holidays. I hope this year brings you good health and happiness.

  • Hi Annie, thanks for the awesome video. I gave up sugar and Diet Coke completely 6 years ago and I lost weight, felt better, my skin was clear. I am/was completely addicted to sugar including straight out candy. It really hadn’t been a problem but after a hysterectomy my metabolism changed and I started gaining weight so I had to go cold turkey.
    Sadly, I lost my son less then 2 years ago and grief has caused me to return to sugar. I’m currently trying to get off sugar once again. I know it won’t help my grief but it’s a start in giving me back some control. I enjoy walking too. It’s great for my mental health. Thanks for being a kind and good voice of reason on YouTube.

  • Just a pinch of sugar flips a switch in my brain and I will eat sugary treats till I feel sick. To avoid this…every day, sometimes twice a day, I add cocoa powder and soy or almond milk to my pot of decaf green tea. It’s a tasty treat that satisfies me and has helped me turn my nose up to sugary treats for the last five months. There is zero sugar and zero fat in cocoa powder. I have always walked and tap danced, but due to injury, had to give up dancing for the time being. I still walk almost daily, strength train 2x/week. I must have accountability so I pay a personal trainer for a 30 minute session one time each week. This has helped to keep me honest during the rest of the week. Thank you for sharing AnneP. Peace.

  • I grew up with a ‘healthnut’ mom (ie: very little sugar, no soda pop, no fast food, etc) very similar to you and would go crazy with junk food and sweets when I was away from home.
    I am definitely a sugar addict and know it. I try to avoid it as much as possible (but I didnt do so well during the holiday!) and like you, I can’t just have a little bit of sweets. It’s all or nothing for me. It’s true that once you stop eating it you do lose a lot of the desire for sweets.
    I’ve done Whole30 several times and it’s a great way to re-set. I applaud you for staying away from sugar almost all-together. You look terrific btw!

  • I think you are right about sugar free if I go very low carb I feel very ill after a few weeks because I am on a large dose of ssri antidepressants and they effect carb metabolism can cause weight gain so some people may find very low carb/sugar makes them feel dreadful but for most of the population itis the way to go well worth the abstinence which is easier over time love elaine Lincolnshire uk

  • Me too, sugar is the devil… lol.. i truly crave sugar too and really limit the amount I eat but I am not that person that can eat one cookie, i want to eat the entire bag!!!

  • I love doughnuts, pastries, etc and thankfully, I’ve always been pretty thin. I haven’t been a big one to work out, either…I get my workout running around being a postpartum nurse and chasing after 4 grandchildren! I know I need to do a bit more in the way of cardio and strength training, but I also have 2 rods the length of my back. That limits flexibility and I’m in constant stiffness and soreness. Takes a lot out of me. However, with menopause came about 10 lbs, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but with my frame, I can tell when I’m up or down 4 lbs!

  • I went on the keto diet and in 8 weeks I lost 20 pounds and then Halloween hit and I have been back to my old eating habits.. I’ve gained back about 5 pounds for me it’s time to go back on the ketoo diet it was the only thing that worked I am 54 years old.. And even though I haven’t gained much of the weight back yet I feel awful sitting in front of the TV at night feeding my face and 2 bags of candy I have the same issues that you have I totally understand!

  • Oh girl, I know exactly what you are talking about!!! I am a little older than you so thankfully I have already gone through menopause!!! I feel you on the weight gain as well, but “in moderation” has always worked for me. I am like your husband and daughter, I can take sugar or leave it, I enjoy it but I have never craved it. My doctor gave me a 3 day diet to try and it worked for both me and my husband. Now I just incorporate different things in it and both of us have kept it off. I like to walk as well but had knee replacement surgery last year and I am having the other one done this year. It has slowed down my ability to walk but I still watch what we eat. When we go out, or at someones house I eat what I want, but I don’t do that everyday and it works! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!! XO

  • I know I should cut sugar. It is so hard. So well done! For sport: I lift weight to tone the body and to avoid losing muscles. And I walk my dog a lot:-)

  • It’s so amazing to me how much you at you and I are alike always have enjoyed sugar then very addicted to it but now I have to watch it just started dabbling in its not Quito but trying to go a more low carb and I am incorporating alternative sweets because I just if this point just feel like I couldn’t give up sugar altogether really look forward to all of these new videos that you are doing have a great day