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Q: I'm 49 yrs. Female. Gained 10-12 in past year. No menopause. Thyroid fine. 5mg prozac daily. Eating chicken, vegetables, one bagel, salmon, no huge amounts of fat, 3 glasses of wine on friday night. Walk 4 miles daily. Tired, cold, horribly moody. Why can't I lose weight?

A: Hi, Susan,

First, you may be perimenopausal. At 49 that would be about right. I am wondering though if you are not eating enough. That is one of the most common reasons to gain or maintain weight. I suggest you read Diana Schwarzbein's book, The Schwarzbein Principle II to determine if you are eating enough and to find out how your metabolism may have been damaged by trying to lose weight. If you'd like, you can check out her website.

Be well,
Dr. Denise Lamothe
Clinical Psychologist
Specializing in Weight and Eating Issues
Author of The Taming Of The Chew: A Holistic
Guide to Stopping Compulsive Eating

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