Bob is taking calls from listeners and answering questions about weight loss after menopause, helping loved ones lose weight and creating a home gym on a budget.
I'm a woman who will be turning 50 this year. Although I eat right and exercise daily, I've put on 30 pounds in the past six months. What can I do to lose the weight?
Bob says that when a woman goes through menopause, the rules for staying in shape change significantly. "Hormonally, you're a different person than you were a decade ago," he says.
To combat weight gain during menopause, Bob says women have to work twice as hard to get the same results they did earlier in life. "Just emotionally prepare for that," Bob says. "The rules change and … it's just another challenge in your life."
My mother and sister are both severely overweight. What can I do to help them overcome their weight issues?
While it's natural to want to help a loved one who is struggling with their weight, Bob says it's ultimately up to the individual to address the underlying issues that are contributing to their unhealthy lifestyle. "Even though you want to take the reins in your hands and really help your family, you may not be the main person that jolts them off emotionally," he says.
Offer encouragement and support, but don't push the issue because this can often backfire, Bob says. "Let them know that you're there for them and you'll support whatever they feel is right for them—and that support is really important," he says.
What would you recommend I purchase to create an inexpensive yet effective at-home gym?
Bob says an exercise room doesn't have to cost a fortune. For starters, Bob says to purchase a good set of dumbbells, anywhere from three to 20 pounds, depending on your current level of strength. "You can create any exercise with dumbbells," he says. Add a chair or bench and a floor mat, and Bob says you're all set!