Friday, July 24, 2009

My menopausal brain and fat

So, are they (http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE56F5I820090716) saying that I have a fat brain?
Great. Not only do I have to worry about my expanding waistline but now I will be obsessed about losing formerly functioning brain cells as they turn to fat.
Is there any hope? Am I destined to be a female Jabba the Hutt with fat for brains?

2 comments:

Ruth Rogers said...

Interesting article... I hope I don't become Jabba the Hut either when I hit menopause... although he was one of my favorite characters :)

Carolyn gail said...

Hi Matty,

You made the front page of our Chicago Tribune today and it mentioned your blog.

At 65, I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to lose 20 lbs. that I gained over the past 10 years during menopause . I've always been active ( I'm a gardener and landscape designer ) and ate a healthy diet but no matter what I tried the scale wouldn't budge.

Recently I bought a book called 'Cracking the Fat-Loss Code ' by Wendy Chant. It's not a diet really, but a lifestyle change, as she stresses in the book . Although the first phase of the diet reduces carbs drastically, it is not a low-carb diet either.

To my amazement I lost 5 lbs. the first week and 5 the next. 10 lbs. of fat - this is not water weight that you'll gain back or muscle loss. I shrunk 2 sizes.

This lifestyle change requires discipline but I never felt hungry since you have to eat 5 meals a day. There are 4 cycles to follow, each different, in which your body is forced to burn fat and not carbs. Eating 5 small meals also revs up the metabolism.

You'll see a difference in 8 weeks, and, the good news is that if you cheat a day or two all you have to do is repeat four 'carb down ' days to keep your weight off.

You can google Wendy Chant or the book. She has a website as well.

I'm a blogger as well if you'd like to visit me at http:// www.sweethomeandgardenchicago.blogspot.com

I've enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your very interesting posts. Good luck.