Never dieted in my life, but I see your message.
Diving into it, my aim is to go through the menopause "thing" with relatively ease. Getting there. Please read about the estrogen dominance, as it may burden both women and men more than you think.
"P. M. Wise4 has demonstrated that the "menopausal" pituitary hormones, high levels of LH and FSH, are produced because the regulatory nerves in the hypothalamus have lost their sensitivity to estrogen, not because estrogen is deficient. In fact, he showed that the nerves are desensitized precisely by their cumulative exposure to estrogen.
The mechanism by which estrogen desensitizes and kills brain cells is now recognized as the "excitotoxic" process, in which the excitatory transmitter glutamic acid is allowed to exhaust the nerve cells. (This explains the older observations that glutamic acid, or aspartic acid, or aspartame, can cause brain damage and reproductive failure.) Cortisol also activates the excitotoxic system, in other brain cells, causing stress-induced atrophy of those cells.6 Progesterone and pregnenolone are recognized as inhibitors of this excitotoxic process. http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/menopause.shtml
"3) Iodine regulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
Healthy Iodine levels also seem to be important in regulating estrogen balance. The three main estrogens (estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3)) come into balance with Iodine sufficiency. Iodine has been shown to bring a healthy balance between these hormones in both men and women. The ovaries, testes, and adrenals all produce estrogen. According to Dr. Brownstein, iodine governs estrogen production by the ovaries. It is interesting to note that estrogen and progesterone compete for the same receptor site and that infertility and miscarriage are both associated with estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency, underneath which lies iodine deficiency." http://treeoflifecenterus.com/blog-posts-by-gabriel-cousens-m-d-iodine-96-the-universal-holistic-super-mineral-2/