Progesterone helped me shed 45 pounds

by Cindy
(New York USA)

I am a 53 year old woman and for years I could eat what ever I wanted in my youth but when I turned 42 everything changed and gradually I started to gain weight . I didn't understand why this happened until I read about progesterone . I always seemed to have difficulty using it , it seemed to make me mean and depressed and hungry then one day I read that progesterone has to do a big job of over coming the estrogen dominance I had which by the way I was perfectly happy and easy going on just estradiol patches but add progesterone cream and look out . I learned I had to get off the patches and clean up my hormone act so on January 1st 2011 I started Progesterone and ditched the patches , I used 400mg of progesterone cream a day 200mg in the morning and 200mg at night and for two months I went through hell and so did my family but I kept using it just like I read from Wrays site you have to persevere and funny as it sounds on March 1st 2011 I started a diet that I was finally able to follow through on and lose 45 pounds . I think the progesterone was an appetite helper in that I was able to control my eating behavior without cravings . I also read on Ann Louise Gittlemans site that progesterone helps me to maintain my weight as it is responsible for a 20,000 calorie a year wastage from increased energy expenditure I think it adds up to 5 pounds a year give or take . No wonder I gained weight after my progesterone dropped through my forties . I lost my weight without excersize and I do not advocate this I'm just a very strong woman little too( size small ) now I am so glad . Progesterone also helps me with anxiety , I notice that when I have an episode I realize I didn't take my progesterone so I go and take it . One other thing I noticed is that when I have a run away appetite it always coincides with forgetting my pro cream . I realize that using this much progesterone can get expensive so I went to my Dr. (gyno) and she and I talked and I told her my experience and she agreed to prescribe me prometrium capsules to use twice a day 100mg in morn and 100mg in eve so what I told my Dr. I was going to do is put them in a ceramic dish to soften then twice a day I prick one with a big pin and squeeze it out and rub it in . It is so creamy and smooth and sinks right in . I did "not" consume them as they go through a first pass through the liver and up to 80% is filtered out wasting product . So for the other 200mg I use NatPro . This has been a very helpful site for me and I have Wray to thank for all the information that changed my body around to a very healthy one " no prescription except Prometrium " most people are on something but I am thankful I'm not :)

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Mar 04, 2012
Progesterone helped me shed 45 pounds
by: Wray

Hi Cindy I can't thank you enough for telling us this, in fact I have many things to thank you for! One was for reading the info I give on the site. Plus you must have read the stories from other women, and taken heed of their struggles on low amounts. I'm delighted you came off the oestrogen patches, and opted only for the progesterone, and a large amount too. I admire you for lasting the two months of hell, many would have given up. Progesterone does helps unstable blood glucose, which helps stop the cravings. Progesterone also speed metabolism slightly, which would result in increased energy expenditure. Plus of course it's an excellent diuretic, so good it's now given to Traumatic Brain Injury victims to prevent any oedema forming. And of course using too low an amount of progesterone results in the immediate weight gain so many women suffer from. And you point out the obvious, which so many miss, that falling progesterone levels during the Peri-menopause years results in weight gain. Plus the menopausal ovary becomes an androgen secreting organ, see here. Testosterone is notorious at causing visceral fat, see here and here. Plus the menopausal woman has a great capacity for producing oestrogen in adipose cells, see here. So the two hormones combined ensure a middle aged woman will get a middle age spread! I'm delighted you open the capsules and rub the contents on your skin, I always advocate this. And bless you for the kind words! Take care Wray

Mar 05, 2012
Progesterone helped me shed 45 pounds
by: Cindy

Thank you Wray for this invaluable site if it weren't for this site the information would just not be there to learn from and use in our lives , it is a life saver . To me progesterone is precious .

Mar 06, 2012
Progesterone helped me shed 45 pounds
by: Wray

Hi Cindy You do say the kindest things! Progesterone is precious to me too, a life saver. Take care Wray

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