I go through the same thing. I gain about 2-7 pounds during that week. I think it's mainly water retention but who really knows. LOL I thought I was going crazy but I'm glad to see that others have similar experiences!
Looks like most of us have similar experiences. I too, avoid the scale during this time. The key is learning your body and what it does, when. I know my patterns so I don't weigh during that special week, but always the week after. I once read somewhere that women are at their lowest body weights during the week immediately following the special one, so that's usually when my self-esteem is highest! Lol
The "same" thing? No. Generally, I retain anywhere from 10 (which is the normal for me) to as much as 25 pounds. It's not SO bad since I've been taking Lisinopril to help control my blood pressure, but it is so difficult to control sodium intake when you're on a below-poverty-level budget! I digress... This is something that I have learned, finally, after 24.5 years of having my period, that I have to deal with. It's my life. I have learned to not be terribly concerned with the number on the scale a week prior to through the week after my period. What I need to do is focus on drinking enough water, and tracking my calories, and being faithful to exercise.
Our period is just a part of our lives. Eff the scale during that time. Focus on the importance, which is making the healthiest choices possible, and if we "need" the junk, halve the serving size to satisfy the taste for something, without binging. We can do this!
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I tend to gain right before and then lose on the tail end of it. Of course a day or two in any direction that matches with a weigh-in day can be frustrating. The only thing I've seen that helps me feel better despite that is to be really diligent about drinking plenty of water jsut before and during. I crave salty things (and a little chocolate) during, and even when I try not to indulge I think I gravitate toward them. I'm also off-routine a bit so if I don't pay attention I miss some of my regular water during the day.
Keep doing what your'e doing - and if it really throws you for a loop, I'd say move your weigh-in day or skip it all together. You don't want a psychological hit right when you're at a potentially more emotional time. Gotta try (emphasis on the try) to keep momentum.
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Yes, Yes, Yes, I feel your pain! I'm having that problem right now. I want to eat everything and I can tell that I'm retaining water. All I want are carbs and comfort food. I try to limit it to dinner and still try to watch my portion sizes. I probably should stay off the scale, but curiosity gets the best of me... plus I feel like it helps keep me in check. I know that next week my appetite and cravings will go back to normal so I try not to get too bummed out about it.
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I suffer the week before my period and usually lose more the week of my period. It's not so bad for me that I gain but I do get a distinct urge to 'eat all the things' and weight loss is usually slower or non existent.
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I gain several pounds during that time. I also have noticed if I don't drink enough water, I gain. If I have a hard workout and my muscles are sore, I retain water. The key is to look for other changes - loose fitting clothes, inches lost, etc. and during that time - I don't bother with the scale. I was in a challenge a while back that had us weigh daily and I learned various patterns my body would lose, gain, etc. It is not physically possible to gain 4 pounds in 24 hours, but according to my scale I would, but then lose it the next day... Just goes to show sometimes numbers can lie!
I retain water then too, a couple pounds worth. Not sure exactly how much because I skip weigh-in the week of my period. My self-esteem doesn't need that hit, especially because I'm already looking at myself in the mirror and thinking how bloated I look.
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Ok so I have googled it a million times but still on the fence about the scale fluctuating during that "time of month" I have been rejoicing seeing that scale go down and BAMM the scale goes up three pounds.....for the most part I have been good on my diet...yes I stray from time to time but overall a huge improvement from where I was at, my exercising has been consistent so what gives....anyone else seen the same thing?
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