40 and suddenly overweight

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  1. See a doctor. Sounds like your metabolism nosedived. That can happen slowly in the years between 40 & 60, but for it to happen suddenly, you may want your thyroid levels checked. Check for diabetes too as it can also mess with weight.
    You may also be eating more than you think. Start a food diary just to be sure. And look up calorie counts of foods you eat. I was stunned to learn that one of my favorite fast food meals had enough calories to keep me going for 2-1/2 days.
    Good luck!

  2. Hi believe it or not, your body mass index (bmi) is still in the normal range.
    That said you might want to increase your exercise to 40-60 minutes cardio a day, plus some resistence training.
    Here is a post that is very informative
    highly reccommend Mollymouses's diet < emanon59 > 03/22 11:40:54
    She's lost something like 80 pounds in the last 6 months! Here's a link to one of her posts with a 1 day menu.
    And here's something posted by BellsOn that oldgasman posts frequently
    You can also sign up at one of the many food
    tracking sites to help you with your carb/protein/fat intake. Here's a couple of links for you.

  3. do you truly think it was overnight? 20 lbs can sneak up on a person pretty secretly and then all of a sudden jump out at ya.
    i dont think 140 at 5'4 is something to worry about, but if you really think this just happened out of nowhere, then yes, it may be a good idea to see a doctor.
    you have to be honest wtih yourself though about how long this has been coming on for.
    "I have been exercising for 2 weeks on the machine 20 mins a day 3 times a week"- that's really not enough that it's going to do anything. you need to up the time and probably the intensity. if you don't feel like working longer, than try interval training (or HITT). are you sweating when you're done? are you exhausted? if you get off the machine and feel no different than when you got on, you're probably not really working it at all.
    just be honest wiht yourself and you'll probably have most of your answers.

  4. this happened to me a couple of years ago. im tiny and active and over a couple of weeks -my shoes even became tight. i think it was hormonal or something. i changed my diet a little bit and tried to get in a couple of extra workouts per week and it came off VERY slowly but its stayed off. it scared the CRAP out of me. i havent had any problems since then although im now trying to lose the 5 pounds or so i gained over the dreary winter season.

  5. Thanks for all of your advice! I really do not think it happened overnight...over the course of 5 months though...I do tire and sweat when I work out, but I am going to look into additional workouts...I will keep ya all posted! Thank you all so much!

  6. yeah and if you tend to be small...most anything makes you feel like you have gained.
    have you changed anything you are eating? have you been drinking beer or eating peanuts or anything you can pinpoint.
    if not then its likely not a huge deal....just take it slow and easy and see what happens.

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