For many women, periods mean failed seizures, stubborn outbursts and much of bloating, but is it possible to actually bet…
For many women, periods mean failed seizures, stubborn outbursts and much of bloating, but is it possible to actually bet a few pounds during your bike? Appears yes – and for that you can thank the fluctuated hormones. (Of course.)
“It is common for women to retain water during their periods, which can lead to a temporary increase in weight on the scale,” said Angela Chaudhari, MD, a board certificate fied ob gyn at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, told PopSugar. “This is due to the fact that your progesterone hormone is dominant just before your time. Progesterone is responsible for water retention by allowing liquids to leak out of the blood vessels in surrounding tissues.”
And that’s not the only way that progesterone can cause you to put on pounds. “It also causes mood, acne and PMS cravings just before your time, which really does not help weight gain during your period,” continued Dr. Chaudhari.
So how much of a change should you expect? “This is dependent on the individual but may be up to 10 pounds. Most women complain about fluctuations of one to five pounds,” she said.
It may seem contra-intuitive, but the best way to set waterproofing is to drink more liquids. “Drinking helps keep more fluid in your blood vessels where it belongs, which leads to better hydration and flushing out of your system,” says Dr. Chaudhari. “With weight gain and bleeding you can become dehydrated, which can also lead to a reduction of energy levels.”
Hold a water bottle and drink. “It is recommended that you drink two liters of water a day – it is about eight 8-ounce glasses,” explained Dr. Chaudhari. “Most women do not get it on a regular basis, but it’s even more important to do it around your bike.”
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