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Offline Jenny_Oh

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Weight loss on HRT
« on: February 22, 2020, 10:19:52 pm »
Oh! I didn't even realize there was a forum dedicated to this topic  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

So I started low dose estrogen on June 6 2019 and T blockers 6 months later (no change in E2). Here's my weight ever since (you can ignore the 1st part of the graph, I wasn't really tracking my weight before I started HRT).



I was suprised to see HRT causing me to loose weight, 10lbs in 2019 and 11lb in the 1st two months of this year without really trying! Everything I'd read said HRT would cause me to gain weight (which I was concerned about, hence I started tracking). As you can see the holidays caused a little weight gain (haha) but since then T-blockers have accelerated the weight loss a bit, as one might expect. I work out several times a week and have seen a minor drop in aerobic power, haven't bothered testing anaerobic and don't care to.

My goal is actually a BMI of 18.5, about 20lb lighter than I am. We'll see if that's realistic because I'm eating a ton of fat to try and keep my body fat% up (and my size 8 booty  >:-) >:-)), but fingers crossed there is enough muscle I can loose to make that happen (like at least a lb out of my masseter  would be good).

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Re: Weight loss on HRT
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 06:31:37 am »
So a week ago I started a new lower dose formulation of E2 that I apply twice daily. OMG it is driving me crazy, I cannot stop eating!! I had a mild case of SPT yesterday morning which did not make me happy  >:( >:( Now I'm reading all these articles about how E2 suppresses appetite, so I guess the low dose E2 just isn't providing enough juice. Which is interesting because it's the same amount just applied twice per day, I guess the concentration differential across the dermis is critical in determining how much is absorbed. Time to return to the once daily stuff.

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Re: Weight loss on HRT
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 10:29:03 am »
Besides E2 are you also taking progesterone?  I'm taking both E2 and progesterone topically and have a ravenous appetite that won't stop.  At least for me I believe it's the progesterone that causing that.  I put myself on a keto diet and have lost 4 pounds in the past month even though I can't stop eating.  Here is an excerpt from a study posted on the nih.gov website titled "Sex hormones, appetite and eating behaviour in women."

"Estrogen inhibits food intake, whereas progesterone and testosterone may stimulate appetite."


You can find the study here,  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22281161
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Re: Weight loss on HRT
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 12:18:11 pm »
No, no progesterone until Tanner 3 (or maybe 4, we'll see) and then probably only 10 days a month. Thanks for finding that paper for me, very insightful. Here's a great summary of the different effects of E2 and P4 on appetite that I found.


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Re: Weight loss on HRT
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 04:36:26 pm »
No, no progesterone until Tanner 3 (or maybe 4, we'll see) and then probably only 10 days a month. Thanks for finding that paper for me, very insightful. Here's a great summary of the different effects of E2 and P4 on appetite that I found.




Interesting graphic, that is.

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Re: Weight loss on HRT
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 06:59:07 pm »
Yes, I'm really surprised because everything I'd read suggested that taking E2 would cause weight gain. So it at least explains why I've seen weight loss for the past 9 months, even without taking T-blockers.

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