Is it normal for me to gain weight during my period?

Colic, backache, headaches, nausea … and also weight gain. It seems that the physical suffering we have each month caused by our period is not enough, but we also gain weight. No, it is not a curse, it is a natural process and we cannot do anything against it, we can only keep calm and take into account some effective methods that can help us have peace of mind.

The first thing is to keep in mind that it is not a real weight gain, but that we retain more fluids and our hormones make us consume more food, because it gives us cravings.

Heaviness, swelling and others are some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Fluid retention causes, in addition to these symptoms, weight gain. The weight can increase 1.5 kg the days before menstruation. Hormones are the cause of this tendency of our body to retain fluid. In the second phase of the cycle, this trend increases, because during these days there are several hormones involved in the metabolism of body water.

This retention is even greater, when there is an excess of estrogens, often caused by stress, emotional imbalance or nervousness. If, for the same reasons, the level of progesterone decreases, this retention can be intense and cause an increase of about 2 or 3 kilos of weight before menstruation.

So calm down, we must be aware that this is only water. When we are in our cycle, there is a certain fluid retention that occurs in the hormonal fluctuation before we begin to bleed and it is right there where things begin to become difficult because that is when we want to be lying all day. The things that make us retain fluids and also join with the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) to conspire against us are: salt, sugar and caffeine.

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Another reason why we feel extremely heavy and inflamed in those days – in addition to the internal process that our ovaries play with – is that we also tend to constipate because our progesterone affects (yes, again it still affects) the mobility of our intestine and slows down, conflicting its reason for life, which causes us to feel heaviness and when we see ourselves in the mirror we want to break it.

Feed against fluid retention:

If you want to reduce fluid retention to relieve swelling, we recommend that:

Controls salt intake.

You drink a lot of water.

Eliminate caffeine from your diet.

Increase the intake of diuretic foods, such as asparagus, artichokes, strawberries, zucchini or pineapple

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