Lose Weight on Your Period

Edited by Donna, Eng, Alma

It is best not to obsess about your weight on the scale when you have your period.

It is more difficult for women to lose weight while they are on their period because hormonal shifts can cause all kinds of symptoms that defy weight loss plans including water retention that adds pounds and inches, cramping that interfere with exercise and food cravings. The bad moods associated with having your period can also trigger cravings for carbohydrates and make you feel less motivated to exercise. This is because your body is releasing elevated amounts of progesterone, which encourages your system to store fatter and water.

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Maintaining weight-loss while you are on this period is easier if you begin to work with your body's timing and start to prepare for hormonal shifts with certain lifestyle and diet practices as week before your period actually starts.

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Way That You Can Stick To Your Weight Loss Goals Even When You Are On Your Period

You can stay trim, even though you are on your period.

Period makes taking the weight off much harder. Here are some ways that you can stick to your weight loss goals even when you are on your period.

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    Take at least 1000 mcg of Evening Primrose Oil every day up to a maximum dose of 500 mcg, starting the week before your period starts
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    Evening Primrose oil is a well-known natural hormone regulator that contains GLA and linoleic acid. The hormonal regulation not only provides relief for mood swings and bloating, it also helps you resist food cravings. To be effective the Evening Primrose Oil that you choose to take should contain 8% GLA and 72% linoleic acid.
    Take 1000 mcg of Evening Primrose Oil.
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    The week before your period begins, start drinking at least ten glasses of water a day
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    The normal amount for weight loss is about eight glasses a day for most people. This will help flush out wastes from hormonal processes and prevent the bloating that occurs during the first few days of your period. For best results drink vapor-distilled water, as it will not have any sodium in it that could cause bloating.
    Drink at least eight glasses of water or more a day to lose weight while you are on your period.
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    One week before your period starts, limit your intake of salt to prevent bloating and water retention before it happens
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    Avoid eating foods that are rich in sodium such as canned vegetables, soy sauce, frozen dinners, powdered and canned soups and sauces and snack foods like potato chips or corn chips.
    Stay away from foods that are rich in salt like cheese snacks.
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    One week before your period starts, increase your intake of vegetables and fruits that are rich in water, including honeydew melon, watermelon, berries, pears, apples, celery and cucumbers
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    These foods are not only natural sources of purified water and potassium, which helps balance your hormones and reduce bloat, they are also great sources of the minerals and vitamins needed to support your thyroid and pancreas.
    Eat hydrating foods such as watermelon.
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    Make sure that you always eat foods that are rich in folic acid, iron and Vitamin C
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    Weight gain is accelerated when your body is low in iron stores. Iron can be difficult to absorb unless you are also getting high amounts of vitamin C. To make sure that your body is well nourished with iron eat organic cuts of lean meat, in particular, beef and liver. You should also increase your consumption of celery, asparagus, soybeans, and avocados, to get more folic acid and more citrus fruit, kiwi and bell peppers to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C.
    Beef liver is a good source of folic acid.
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    During your period, you can handle your cravings by eating healthy complex carbohydrates instead of starchy snacks loaded with salt or sugar
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    Satiate your cravings with healthy foods that have moderate sugars, lots of vitamins and low-sodium. Good choices would be almonds, low-fat yogurt or cut up raw vegetables with a low-fat yogurt or sour cream based dip.
    Low fat Greek yogurt is a good choice of snack for women on their period.
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    Take a long walk of an hour to two hours on those days that you feel that you can't go to the gym because of malaise or cramps
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    This can help get the blood flowing, elevate your mood and make you feel less lethargic.
    Take a long walk on those days that you feel too tired to go to the gym.
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    Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing at all times
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    This is psychologically comforting and helps to prevent you from getting depressed about temporary water retention, which might have you struggling to fit into your jeans.
    Wearing loose clothing can help you feel more comfortable when you are on your period.
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    Go for a sit in a steam bath or a sauna for at least twenty minutes three times a week
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    Working up a good sweat without exerting yourself can help some women reduce the inches that accumulate around the waist and tummy while they are menstruating.
    Steaming and sauna can help you fight weight gain due to your period.
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    Don't bother weighing yourself or measuring your waistline until your period has ended, especially if you feel that this will result in a lack of motivation for you to stick to your weight loss plans
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    Every woman is more bloated and heavier during her period and any results that you get are going to be temporary.
    Don't stress out over weight gain, as during your period weight gain is temporary.
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    Stay away from negative people and situations while you are on your period
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    Your body is already flooded with hormones that cause bloating and weight gain and when you are upset, your body produces cortisol, which makes matters even worse.
    Avoid emotional stress when you are on your period.
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Tips and Tricks

A kiwi smoothie is rich in the iron, Vitamn C and folate needed to prevent weight gain during your period.

  • A smoothie made with kiwi, avocado, orange, banana and soy milk, whipped up with ice in a blender can provide you the iron, folic and Vitamin C you need to resist metabolic weight gain while you are on your period.
  • Exercising hard during the first three days of your period might actually facilitate weight loss, because this is a time during the month when you can burn an extra 100 or 200 calories a day, meaning that you can lose weight at this juncture in your reproductive cycle as long as you do not give into snacking
  • Do not resort to taking diet teas or commercial diuretics while you are on your period as these contain hormonal disruptors
  • Taking Evening Primrose Oil to regulate hormones and metabolism may work better if you are younger, and may be less effective for those women entering peri-menopause

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

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