I have been known to "gain" 15 lbs due to my period, which fell back off when it stopped. Ideally we should weigh ourselves one time a month, 14 days after the first day of our period... that way it's the farthest from being pms or period weight. Last period I gained 2 lbs and then 4 days later lost 6.
Fitness Minutes: (221,535)
21,651 4/14/13 6:46 A
What you're experiencing IS perfectly normal. Many women (if not all of them) experience a water weight gain during their menstrual cycle. I can easily gain as much as 5-7 pounds during that week.
Hormone fluctuations can cause bloating and water retention in women. So, if you tie your emotions to what the scale is, don't weigh yourself during your cycle. wait under after your period to weigh yourself once the bloating has pasted.
The fact is, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. And that's perfectly normal. Our weight is not a static number. This is not the Biggest Loser where people have dramatic losses week after week after week.
At some point in your journey, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.
If you start tracking your weight on a regular basis, you're going to notice that whenever you have a cycle, your weight will go up. It may happen when you're PMS-ing. It may occur after your cycle. But the point, women do retain water. it's a pain, but it's normal.
What I do during this time of the month is the week before I know it'll be here (I track it every month and it's usually on time), I don't even stress about not losing since, in my experience, I'm not going to anyway until about 2-3 days afterward (and it's water weight anyway). I still track and exercise and I do weigh myself every day (not recommended if you stress over the scale) because I'm just trying to keep track of the fluctuations. I have been planning my meals so that does help with the cravings. It really sucks because in the 10 days before I have no chance in heck of losing, which doesn't leave many days open, at least for me!
Just keep doing what you are doing and it should come off afterwards.
Fitness Minutes: (524)
49 4/9/13 1:33 A
Thanks Angel City Gal -- I also have planned to track my food better like today I went over my recommended calorie recommendations and did not realize it. I like that spark people helps me to keep track -- I just need to not stress and look at a monthly average like you say.
Thanks again and keep up the good work!
Fitness Minutes: (19,090)
1,724 4/9/13 12:41 A
Yes, hormonal fluctuations really do cause us to retain fluids in our bodies. Likewise, sodium intake (increases) can cause fluid retention, as does the body's process of rebuilding muscle when we strength train. Furthermore, our bodies are not machines, they don't release weight on schedule or evenly across time. This is exacerbated in the female body, due to our hormonal fluctuations. In other words, it might be best to average your weight loss over a month, rather than to look at any one week.
I have had weeks where I even showed an increase on the scale, even though I was tracking and knew I should have shown a loss. What happens? The next week or 2 weeks, I show a significant loss. In other words, keep doing the right stuff, and especially around that time of the month, consider it like "money in the bank." You'll see the returns when your body decides to let the weight go.
For this reason, I recommend taking your measurements (waist, hips, thigh, upper arm....). This provides you with another concrete, objective, numerical measure to refer to when the scale is acting ridiculous.
Also, track. Track your food, your water, your activity and your losses. In this way, if you feel like you're getting loosey-goosey with your program, you can look back to weeks or months when you had it together, and duplicate those efforts. And, tracking gives you another good numerical measure. If you're eating in your ranges, know that you're doing good for your body. Your body will, eventually, let go of the weight and build muscle and wellness.
Hang in there.
Fitness Minutes: (524)
49 4/8/13 11:48 P
Ok so I do not mean to be down on myself -- but I only lost 0.6 pounds last week, making my total loss 14.4 pounds since Feb 16th. I lost much of my weight prior to finding this website.
It was my time of month and as you can see by my tracker -- I am a hefty gal. Do people really retain fluid at period time or is that a myth.
I do not want to get discouraged and I have been doing really well, but not so well today. I forget what I have eaten -- I know I need to get better about tracking my food intake, but lucky me -- my husband has been cooking us healthy meals and he is down 91 pounds since April of 2011 (Go him!!!).
Thanks I just do not want to get discouraged. 14.4 pounds is 14.4 pounds and I need to lose that much before I can lose 100 pounds.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.