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I am 56, 137 pounds and menopausal. Is it still possible to lose some weight and firm and tone from the waist-down?

Absolutely. The ability to gain lean body mass (needed to “firm and tone”), lose or gain weight or get stronger, all stay the same as you age and are menopausal. The difference is the relative gains are less, meaning that you can gain muscle and lose fat at the same rate as the rest of us. The best thing you can do is get to the gym often — physical activity not only reduces the symptoms of menopause, but it also helps to actively balance and regulate the hormones that are fluctuating during menopause. 

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