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BETHS60 Posts: 570
4/10/13 11:56 A

Here's a thought. During the time of month, your testosterone levels are highest. Maybe during your time of month your body helps you lose weight like a guy, and for the rest of the month you struggle along like the rest of us.


Seriously, though, it sounds like your hormones have gone completely batty. May be time to rethink the BC thing. I don't know that doctors understand what all of the side effects of the hormones really are. Hopefully, the endocrinologist will have something to suggest.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,940
4/10/13 7:22 A

Not to be crass, but I always poop more when I have TOM. Maybe that's the reason for your weight loss?

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4/10/13 12:06 A

I have been feeling so lost I am so tired and yuck I am going through menopause and severe depression and panic attacks. All pretty much started at the same time. I feel so alien in my own skin. I hate how I look and feel. I know this is a process but right now I am not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I do have support from my hubby and my other family. I see my doctor re:the depression and panic attacks, I know I will need to switch medications....but it all seems so slow. ugh...sorry for the whinning emoticon

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4/9/13 9:43 A

What's weird is that when I lose the weight during my TOM, it doesn't creep back up. It's staying off, and it's also the only weight I am losing at all. I lose 1-2 lbs every month during that week, I keep it off, but that is the only weight I lose for the whole month. It could just be a coincidence, I am not paying too much attention to it, I just thought it was an odd trend to carry on for four consecutive months. I have enough weight to lose that I should still be able to lose more than that a month.

I had my appointment yesterday and I felt like the doctor kind of blew me off. She told me to just watch my carbs and the weight would come off... well, okay, my carb levels are fine so thanks for nothing. I have another endocrinologist appointment in June so we'll just have to see if he has any theories. As for my other symptoms, we'll see... eventually I may just go off bc altogether and see if it makes it better or worse. Dr had nothing to say about that, either.

I am just going to keep plugging away and not worry about it. I was just curious.

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4/8/13 4:14 P

I don't usually gain (much) weight beforehand, and I do usually lose one to three pounds once things get started, and that can be a big chunk of my weight loss for that month. So basically a similar pattern to you.

This is how I rationalize it:
As TOM draws near and my body starts hanging on to more water, I eat extra clean for two weeks or so to avoid gaining weight. So I'm losing fat. Once TOM kicks in, I lose the water weight as well, and the number on the scale dips suddenly. Then I feel relief at having lost a pound or two and don't fret unduly over my diet for a few weeks. The numbers on the scale then start creeping up, and I get a grip on my diet again. So the hormones (natural or extra) are causing a gain in water weight, as they tend to do, but it's being cancelled out by eating less, so what's visible is weight loss.

Delayed-onset muscle soreness is the other reason why water retention sometimes distorts the numbers on the scale for me. If I go on an all-day cycle tour and keep the intensity low enough to avoid constantly needing to refuel, I KNOW that I'm going to lose some fat. But the weight loss doesn't show on the scale the morning after an 8 hour cycle - it shows a few days later when my muscles have recovered from abuse in subzero temperatures. In fact, if weight loss did show up immediately, I wouldn't put it down to fat loss, but to dehydration - not something I would be proud of.

Salty food also causes water retention. If I eat a big, heavy meal with lots of salt, I will be heavier the following morning, but I won't have to "burn off" all the extra weight: some of it will just quietly go away after a few days when my sodium levels return to normal.

Weight loss in monthly steps - taken by itself - doesn't sound like a problem. But hopefully you will find a solution to the morning sickness, migraines etc. BC causing water weight is one thing; the other question is whether it is messing with your appetite or your emotions and influencing your weight that way. That's supposed to be less common than pure water weight issues like bloating, but it's does sound like something to watch out for or think over. Hope your appointment brings you closer to a solution!

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4/4/13 3:26 P

My other TOM symptoms aren't normal and haven't been for a couple of years now, which is kind of what made me wonder. I've had to have my BC changed four or five times in the last 2-3 years because they were no longer regulating me and I've started getting horrible side effects I never used to have, like constant morning sickness and migraines. I used to have the easiest, lightest TOM ever and now it's gone to hell. It could just be because I got fat, but I can't be sure.

I have my annual appt in a week anyway so I was going to ask the doctor, but it's got me wondering what kinds of effects estrogen has on the body. It seems strange that I develop all of these problems and now suddenly when I am on my period is the only time I can lose any weight, which sounds completely backwards!

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4/4/13 2:30 P

Hey, Jill !

Why do you seem to lose pounds during your cycle that you don't lose during the month ? I'm afraid I don't have an explanation only anecdotal references. I've seen posts from some fellow spark women who said that during their cycle, they lose weight only to regain later. The weight we gain or lose during our menstrual cycle is water weight.

Everyone is different. So, the way we lose weight will be different too. Some people can lose five pounds in the first week. Others might not lose for several weeks. Why does one lose faster than the other ? Can't explain it other than that's the way the genetic ball bounced.

If you're seeing a gradual loss over these last few months and you've kept that loss off, that says you are doing something right. Why is it happening the way it is ? Don't know. I say if you're losing weight and keeping it off, that's what counts.

Do you notice any other TOM related symptoms ? Do you get the bloat ? or cramps ? or back ache ? mood swings ? cravings ? If all your other symptoms are "normal", I wouldn't worry too much. That just might be the way your body is.

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4/4/13 1:24 P

I have a question and I wasn't sure where to ask it.. there have been a lot of threads about the weight gain that is typical during a woman's "time of the month," but what about weight LOSS? The last four months I have noticed a trend of not losing ANY weight all month long, and then dropping several pounds at once during that week. The first month I gained it back right after that time was over, but the later months it has mostly stayed off. How backwards is that!? Has anybody heard a physiological explanation for that? It's funny looking at my weight loss graphs because the only dips downward I have are always during my period, and it's getting a little frustrating.

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