HI, how much water weight do you gain (and lose) around every period? I was losing so well on calorie-count, keeping my cals well below my BMR and walking daily - but now, 2 days before my period I've gained 2lb and am freaking!
Please assure me it's water and will disappear?
Or maybe someone should invent a scale that says, "YOU'RE PMSING, GET OFF ME." rather than a weight read-out.
I find 2-3 lbs. This was depressing so I addressed it another way... I just don't step on the scale the week before my period. So I only have 3 readings instead of 4 per month. I found I stress less and still lose the same (if not more) weight by only measuring once per week and avoiding the PMS week.
Also, if you are losing weight at a fairly steady pace and a nerd like me, put it all in an excel spreadsheet (my tracking method) and plot it. Do a linear fit and low and behold, you will find the PMS weeks have very little effect after about 6-8 weeks of tracking. Additionally, you can set y=0 in the plot equation, you can find out when you will weight 0 lbs :) (A demonstration in statistical error). I lose about 0.1 lbs per day (based on the slope of the line) --> don't micromanage to see if this is true! I tried it and demonstrated the definition of standard deviation.
If you are not into science, engineering, or some other field with plots and statistics, ignore that second paragraph and be happy that you do not see the world in this way.
it will pass. just try to drink lots and lots and lots of water. the week after your period you will be fine, i guarantee!
To Shelbysmomma - Just wanted to share my two cents, but 980 calories per day is not healthy and you can't possibly live this way for the rest of your life. A woman should have at least 1200 calories per day; no less. Less than that and your body just goes into starvation mode and holds on to whatever fat it has stored as well as continually collecting for more fat storage.
As far as the original topic of weight gain during your period - I gain approximately 3 to 5 lbs in water weight. Just ignore it; know that it happens and move on. Just like if you had a bad day or week or whatever in your caloried intake - ignore it, get back on track, and move on.
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Thank you for all the support! I am SOOO not stepping on the scale in PMS week after this.
moon1shadow, I started out on Fitday just for the barcharts. I would obssess about them. Thanks Gosh calorie count doesn't have that option! Or maybe I should make an excell sheet too... hmmmn...
There are no "good" or "bad" foods in dieting, although I understand that you want to avoid certain things. Just watch the pasta intake carefully.
I would personally suggest eating more complex carbs...look into grain like spelt which i far better than wheat. 35 g of fiber/day. Increase protein! I will help you burn fat. And be sure to eat healthy fats...this will help you burn extra fat as well. 2 liters of water a day. Limit sugar and simple carbs. Be sure to muscle train as well (active muscle burns way more calories).
Add this stuff in slowy if you have to and you'll soon see BIG results.
Also i suggest doing some research on the 3 different body types to get some ideas for what works best for your bodys metablism.
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