Ask the Nurse

I’m 48 and going thru menopause. I have gained 30 pounds and I am anemic. I take vitamins and iron pills, but I still have no energy or weight loss. I have two young kids and it’s hard to keep up with them. I need help with weight issues. I tried exercise and eating well, but nothing helps.

Unfortunately, as we get older we need to eat less and exercise more to maintain weight. And to lose weight, you have to eat even less and exercise even more! For weight loss, try cutting out the following:

  • Sugar
  • Processed foods
  • All simple carbohydrates, including:
    • White bread
    • Pastas
    • Rice

Add weight bearing activity to create more muscle and boost your resting metabolic heart rate. Weight Watchers has been named one of the best weight loss tools which you can also try, as it helps you track your food choices.

Also, you should see your doctor to rule out the following as they can make weight loss more difficult:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia

You should also contact your doctor to see if they can connect you with a weight loss physician in your area if all other indications for stubborn weight gain turn up negative.

May 20, 2015 at 4:30pm