Weight Gain During Period: 4 Ways to Combat That Time of the Month

You know what I’m talking about. That time of the month when you burst into tears for no reason, get totally annoyed by the tiniest things, or can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. That time of the month when you’re not in the mood for anything.

As if that wasn’t enough: That time of the month, when anywhere from 1 to 6 or as many as 10 mysterious pounds suddenly appear on your body. Overnight. And those extra pounds can be soooo discouraging, especially when you’ve been doing your best to eat healthy and work out.

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If you’re lucky enough to be among the 15% of women who don’t get to experience any of these wonderful things, that’s amazing…and we’re all just a tad jealous! 🙂 But for the rest of us who do, this post is especially for us (and those who love us!).

Why do you gain weight during your period?

You already get to deal with so many other not-so-nice things during that time of the month. Gaining weight just seems like salt in the wind. You’re probably wondering if it’s normal to gain weight during your period and why does that happen? Here are reasons some why you can experience weight gain during your period:

All of this causes water retention, bloating, food cravings, and/or emotional overeating. The problem is when you do see those extra pounds of fluid, or give in to those cravings, it’s tempting to say, “To heck with it!” and overindulge even more!

Top 4 ways to combat weight gain during your period

It’s easy to forget that those pounds are temporary, and in a few days they’ll go away just as mysteriously as they appeared. Repeat that to yourself and remind yourself: This is all temporary.

Focus on nutrition + eat healthy

Fill your days with whole grains, lean meats, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats like we do in Carb Cycling. Studies have shown that eating complex carbs can raise serotonin levels, which helps improve your mood. Amen to that! Here are a couple of other tips when it comes to what you put in your mouth!

  • Watch your salt and sugar intake: Stay away from those processed, junk foods. Sodium can cause bloating, and sugary foods can actually increase your insulin levels, which can make those potentially problematic cravings worse. That’s the last thing we want to happen!
  • Drink plenty of water: Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces each day (150 pounds = 75 ounces of water). While this might seem counterintuitive, you’ll want plenty of water in your system to keep things running smoothly.
  • Add in supplements. Supplements are a great way to enhance your diet and give your body all the important things it needs, especially during that time of the month. I bet you didn’t even know that things like fenugreek and fennel seed can reduce bloat. If you’re thinking, “Well where the heck do I get that?,” let me introduce you to one of my favorite supplements: Bye Bye Bloat. This magical supplement that every woman needs helps reduce water weight, aids the digestive system, and tackles hormonal and food-related bloating. While you’re at it, and if you experience mood shifts during that time, grab some Mood Pills (yes that’s the name), another great way to supplement your diet with ingredients that will help you take on the world (even when you gosh dang don’t feel like it!).
  • Eat 5 meals a day: Doing so will help control your blood sugar levels and fend off those cravings

Keep a food + feelings diary to look for patterns

You guys know how much I If you’re able to pinpoint when that time of the month is going to strike, you can plan for stressful situations (or avoid them entirely) and have a concrete strategy in place so you won’t add permanent pounds to those temporary ones.

Exercise (especially when you don’t feel like it)

In fact, you can get some pretty awesome benefits from simply getting your heart rate up for as little as 10 minutes. Any type of cardio can help raise those serotonin levels, and you’ll feel better, burn calories, and handle all those crazy emotions more effectively. And get this: Inactivity can actually contribute to bloating! Yeah…that makes you want to get up and move right now, right? 😉 If those cramps make you want to curl up in a ball and do nothing, try some easy stretching, yoga, or swimming. Anything gentle and relaxing can help!

Get as much sleep as possible.

Fatigue adds to your already increased irritability, makes it more difficult to want to exercise and eat healthy, and can cause other issues that can affect your health and make you feel not as good as you’d like to, even when it’s not that time of the month! Obviously, this can be tricky since women who experience PMS are twice as likely to have insomnia before and during their period. If this sounds familiar, I have to introduce you to a gift from the sleeping gods: Sleeping Beauty. This supplement, yes another game-changing supplement, is filled with great ingredients known to promote sleep like:

  • Valerian Root Powder
  • L-Theanine
  • Melatonin

So prepare yourself to sleep like a baby because this is the real deal and you need that sleep during that time of the month, and just about any time of the month really!

So hey, that time of the month? Bring it! We’re ready!


Related reading:

Please Pass the Salt? How Sodium Impacts Transformation Success
5 Foods to Avoid That Can Cause Inflammation
Can I Carb Cycle as a Vegetarian?
How to Drink Water When You Don’t Like the Taste
Keep It Simple: Health + Nutrition Tips for Everyday Living

16 Responses

  1. Thank you for the article, it’s very useful and motivated me to keep doing exercise even in THIS time of the month, even if I’m not on the mood . This tips works, thank you very much!

  2. These tips really do work. Exercise helps to reduce or eliminate the cramps for the rest of the period. It took me a while to embrace exercising while you feel icky from the cramping and bloating. It also didn’t help when my culture teaches women to “go easy” during this time. What helped me start was walking on my worst cramp days and I found I could go for 30 minutes. Over the years, I now exercise during my period with the same intensity and without taking the ibuprofen (been over 15 years – no ibuprofen during monthlies).

  3. Thank you for this post. This year was truly not my best. I gained some extra pounds and do not feel happy with my body anymore, I gave up my studies because it was not the right one for me. And sadly my boyfriend left me 3 weeks ago and it feels like I have lost the biggest support in my life. I want to make the best out of it, try to look ahead and learn how to deal with my new living conditions. Hopefully I can gain new energy to lose some pounds until christmas and to start my new studies next year. Your website, Heidi, will surely help me a lot! Watching ”Extreme Weight Loss” gives me so much motivation and reading your blogs feels like talking to a friend.
    Kind regards to all of you!

  4. I’ve started looking at this time of the month from a totally different perspective after seeing the Ayurvedic take on periods. In Ayurveda, this time of month is a time of cleansing where the body is working hard renewing and detoxing. Because of this it is a time that we should really go easy on exercising, and limit it to light movement such as walking and light yoga (just not inverted poses). In our western culture we’ve been taught to just “push through it”, take some pain killers and carry on, when really, we should take this week to be gentle with ourselves, and rest while our body is doing a lot of work.
    It also points out that the more “junk” we eat throughout the month, the worse these symptoms are when our period come around. I’ve noticed that since eating clean, and as of the last month of quitting sugar, my symptoms are much, much better (and my mad chocolate cravings are gone)! Now instead of dreading this time of month, I look at it as a great opportunity to cleanse my body, and a reason to stop my hectic life for a moment and just take care of myself, rest and be gentle to myself.

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