Along with cramping, back and leg pain, weight gain during your period is very common; while some women don’t gain any weight, most women will see the scale numbers go up a little during ‘that’ time of the month. Fortunately, you’ll usually lose the weight without a drastic change in diet or activity, but understanding the causes and treatments of weight gain during your period can help you have a better control while taking phentermine for weight loss. Here we have some great tips to help you survive that time of the month on phentermine:
Causes Of Weight Gain During Your Period
Food Cravings & Overeating
Although food cravings are commonly reported during certain times of the menstrual cycle, the scientific evidence on the subject is limited, although some smaller studies suggest a link, particularly a craving for sweet foods high in carbohydrates. These studies also show that cravings tend to occur more often in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and that the cravings increase as symptoms worsen. A cause of these cravings could be due to the decrease in magnesium levels in the body in the days before the start of your period. As the magnesium level drops, insulin levels rise, resulting in the need for more sugar. While more research is needed to understand food cravings, the good news is that they do not appear to translate into large increases in calorie intake and subsequent weight gain.
While overeating is the popular perception, research has shown that there are only minor changes in actual food intake throughout the menstrual cycle; most studies suggest an increase in eating of only around 100-200 calories in the days leading up to the start of your period. The good news is that this appears to be offset by the small rise in metabolism of around 5 to 10 percent, which occurs during the same time period. In other words, the body tends to adjust the calories in/calories out on its own, therefore no true changes in weight will occur.
Water Retention & Bloating
The most likely reason for a weight gain is water retention. While this is a common symptom that can be particularly discouraging when following a structured food plan, the weight gain is usually minor and temporary as often, any weight that is gained is lost around the time of menstruation. Bowel problems and a natural drop in progesterone during this part of the cycle are the most common reasons for this cause of weight gain. Bloating is another uncomfortable side effect of your menstrual period, which may be due to increased gas in the intestine, constipation, or inactivity during this time, and may also lead to the abdominal cramping associated with the menstrual cycle.
How to Alleviate the Symptoms of your Period
1. Reduce Sodium Intake
Too much sodium before and after your period can result in water retention and weight gain. The easiest way to reduce sodium intake is to avoid processed foods that are loaded with sodium; instead, eat fresh foods and vegetables and season them with other herbs and spices. Always read the nutrition labels of foods, as it’s not always obvious which foods contain sodium – half a cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts. Other potentially high-sodium foods to watch out for are canned beans, soups, cereals and cookies.
2. Stay Hydrated
Be sure to drink plenty of water and other fluids low in sugar. This will help flush out toxins and keep your cells healthy, plus it will help with the water retention. You should also limit the alcohol and caffeine intake before and during your period. To alleviate bloating, try drinking some warm water with a teaspoon or two of lime juice before you eat anything in the morning.
3. Eat Wisely
Try to eat small, well-balanced meals throughout the day that are low in refined sugars and other simple carbohydrates. Be sure to eat plenty of protein and fiber, the fiber will help process the foods and move them through your intestines more efficiently.
4. Increase Mineral Intake
To increase your intake of magnesium, eating more cooked spinach, black beans and pumpkin seeds can help. Calcium is another mineral which is critical for healthy bones and the prevention of water retention. Milk and milk products, beans, nuts, green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals are all good for adding more calcium to your diet. You may feel tired before and during your period, which may be due to low iron levels leading to anemia, so be sure to eat foods high in iron, including beans, meat, iron, fortified grains, dark leafy vegetables, meat and seafood.
5. Keep a Healthy Lifestyle
Make sure you get plenty of sleep before and during your period. You should also continue exercising, as although you may not feel like it, it will help you to feel better and control the possibility of weight gain during your period. Being physically active during your period helps reduce the symptoms of PMS, and exercise also relieves stress, prevents depression and reduces your appetite. Severe cramps may be limiting, but these can be reduced by doing some simple stretching such as those used in yoga or Tai Chi. Swimming is another good exercise, as it increases metabolism without overexertion.
Although losing weight with phentermine is easy and effective, ‘that’ time can throw you off and make you very frustrated – but don’t give up! This is simply a natural occurrence and it is in no way permanent, so do yourself a favor and don’t step on that scale during this ‘period’. If you need some extra assistance through this, consider trying Phen Caps, which will help you with the cravings and give you extra energy for some exercise. It’s not a bad idea, considering you have to deal with this once a month!
What do you think? Do you now feel more ready to take on ‘that’ time of the month? Let us know by commenting below!