Our expert says:
There are two things in play here - first is HRT, which is partly responsible for the weight gain in the first place. However, I'm not sure whether you tried to exercise back when you were still on HRT? If you did not, then I would be cautious about going off it, and starting exercise at the same time. I assume the HRT was medically prescribed, and for a good reason. Going off it may not be the best move, and if you could now exercise and still achieve the result, it seems the safe bet.
With respect to exercise, the plan sounds alright. You'd be doing enough exercise, and for long enough, and the focus on cardio is the right way to go. So that sounds good. Diet is important, of course, and I would strongly advise that you look at your diet, by seeing a dietician and getting a sensible eating plan. If you do that, then you stand a good chance of losing weight - no guarantees, of course, but a chance.
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