Oh don’t we all know how difficult periods are, and what’s worse, there’s also PMS. We’re cranky and the weighing scale isn’t our friend any more.
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Although weight gain during periods is quite common, there are some ways to lose those extra pounds. In this article, we’ll talk about the reasons behind weight gain and the fat-conquering tricks. So when your next period comes, you’ll be ready!
#1. Your body retains water. Your hormones go crazy when you’re menstruating, and your body tissues also absorb and retain water. That is why you sometimes feel bloated, and that is why you may notice some changes in bowel movements.
#2. Binge eating. You’ve probably learned to recognize the PMS signs. For some, it’s food cravings, for others, bloating, or anxiety, or gloomy moods (all thrown in together for some, too). And we often end up binge eating, and the food choice… isn’t healthiest.
#3. No-workout zone. Women often don’t feel well enough, physically and/or mentally, to exercise when they’re PMSing, or do their routines without much effort. This, of course, results in water weight and extra fat from binge eating.
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#4. Digestive system issues. Many of us suffer from indigestion, constipation and bloating during PMS. Gut problems slow metabolism down, which results in… you guessed it, storing fat.
#5. Food cravings. Our spirits are often down when we’re PMSing, we’re stressed. And there’s no better remedy than high-sugar and high-sodium goodies, which, as you consume them, increase water retention and make your blood glucose levels skyrocket.
#6. You’re low on magnesium. Lower magnesium levels mean lower insulin levels. This often results in us over-indulging in high-sugar foods.
#7. Polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition is very common among women, and they tend to be more weight gain-prone during their periods.
We’ve outlined the possible problems, time to list the efficient solutions!
#1. Know how your body reacts. This will help you stay away from weight gain triggers during your period.
#2. Healthy snacks. Be prepared to meet your food cravings head-on with healthier snack choices like fruit, low-sugar treats and popcorn.
#3. Go easy on caffeine. You’ll be calmer and less irritated.
#4. Keep yourself well-hydrated. For flushing out toxins and keeping your metabolism active. Goes without saying.
#5. Do eat. To keep your metabolism active, don’t skip your normal meals and snacking routine.
#6. Go easy on salt. Prevents water weight gain.
#7. Keep working out. This will put you in a better mood, improve your sleep and prevent you from binge-eating.
#8. Consume supplements. Calcium, magnesium, omega-3 are your friends.
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#9. Consume vitamin B6. It will help you balance your hormones and survive the PMS.
We urge you to learn more about your own body during menstruation and act accordingly and in a timely manner.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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