I gained over 20 pounds from age 50 to 55. Now I am slowing loosing weight. I noticed my weight loss coincided with the reduction of hot flashes. I'm convinced it's hormonal. I have lost over 16 pounds already and am eating normally. No changes, except hormonal ones. I don't know if this is normal but I've noticed, I either see very thin older women or very heavy ones. I hope I'm the former.