Fat 2 Fit #146 – Menopause and Weight Loss

Written on April 13, 2013 – 12:54 am | by Helana Brigman

Tast the rainbow“I’m eating 1500 calories.  Why am I still gaining weight? Whenever I sit on the flushing toilet, I can feel how much pressure the toilet is getting” “Does menopause play a role in weight gain?” “How much can I eat?” and, “How can I make DOMS more bearable?”

These are some of the questions Russ and Helana answer in Episode #146 of Fat 2 Fit Radio.  Understanding the role diet plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle kicks off the show.  Russ emphasizes the importance of whole (unprocessed) foods that are low in sugar and fat, and Helana reminds listeners that “1,500 calories” is more than just tracking a set caloric goal, but a way to measure what kinds of foods we put into our bodies.

Russ checks in with Helana’s weight loss goals, motivation, and exercise as well as listeners Monica, Kim, Anna, and Dave.  Russ then offers some suggestions for how to improve diet and exercise for listener Kim and how menopause might influence her fat 2 fit journey.

Helana provides her Pro / Con list for the Nike+ App (see here for the full transcript), and, on the web report, we hear how Louisiana ranks alongside other states (such as Mississippi) as the #4 most obese state in the nation.  The topic of Louisiana obesity, food stamps, and low income families introduce serious grey areas with our nation’s health crisis.

We end with Russ’s tips for making “DOMS” (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) more bearable and his favorite new-fangled water bottle with a Brita filter built right in!

As always, take a look at the show notes for our recipe of the week, cited articles, listener stories, and other great reads.  If you’re interested in what foods go into your body, don’t forget to signup for the Weekly Recipe Newsletter at Clearly Delicious.

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Motivational Quote of the Week:

“Reaching my goal doesn’t prove what I’m made of.  Not quitting when I get discouraged along the way does.

I Decide.” – Anonymous

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  1. 4 Responses to “Fat 2 Fit #146 – Menopause and Weight Loss”

  2. By J on Apr 14, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Russ and Helena,

    Your show gets better with each episode!!

    I just wanted to comment on Helena’s report on her local market not accepting the SNAP program, where places like Wal-Mart do. Unfortunately this is a government paradox – in order to participate in a government issued program such as SNAP, WIC, or employing people who need to do community service or whatever, the employer has to meet certain requirements or pay to participate in the program. Sometimes little businesses cannot afford it. It’s sad, because like you said, it’s cleaner and healthier food. It’s also maddening – families go to Wal-Mart, who has scant healthy, fresh food; yet they can walk out with a plethora of processed food that is terrible.


  3. By Sue Wanner on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    I just wanted to post something for Russ. I have been listening to some old shows. In show #71 you said you did not like light bread. Well if you haven’t tried Dave’s killer bread , you will love his 21 whole grain “thins”. 60 calories per slice. I don’t know if that bread is available in California,, but it’s out in the northwest, so you never know. His bread is fabulous. But I also often eat the lettuce sandwich/burgers too. Sometimes it’s even more flavorful without the bun.

  4. By Robert Wadhams on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Everyone!

    As always, great show. On the subject of recovery, I can vouch for the ice baths. If that is not possible, if you can at least make the tub water as cold as possible, that does help but it has to be done just shortly after the workout, or in my case, the long run while I was marathon training..

    Foam roller is not only a good way to recover and get the kinks out but also a good pre-run routine to loosen things up.

  5. By Elise LeBlanc on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Russ. Just wanted to drop a note on the Brita bottle. I’ve had mine for months and although I love the filter, I really don’t like using the “sippy” spout at work because I work in a cubicle and it just doesn’t sound that professional. 🙂
    Anyway, this weekend I was at Target and they have a new bottle that has that flip up straw like thing in the top. It uses the same filter as the other bottle. I picked it up and love it.

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