Menstruation does not happen out of the blue. There are hormonal changes that unveil this monthly experience for eligible women every month. Particularly, a lot happens during a phase known as the luteal phase. This phase is ushered in after ovulation and its end marks the beginning of menstruation.
The Luteal Phase – Where Many Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms Occur
This phase is more or less the premenstrual phase where a lot happens. For lots of women, this includes weight gain. Except the case is not normal, this extra body weight should be lost a few days after the commencement of your menstrual period.
However, some of the added pounds might remain if or when certain measures are not taken. To put things in proper perspective, the cycle in a linear progression is ovulation, the luteal phase, and then the menstrual period. Of course, this is except when pregnancy is involved, for women that have reached menopause, or females that have not attained the menstruation stage.
Explanations for Premenstrual Weight Gain
The entire reasons for weight gain during the menstruation cycle are not known. Even some of the explanations given on some platforms are not clinically proven. However, it is safe to say that there are psychological (or behavioral) and biological (or medical) reasons, and they include the following:
Premenstrual Syndrome Influenced Water Retention
For the most part, this is the biological (or medical) explanation for weight gain during menstruation. Hormonal changes in the levels and activities of hormones like estrogen and progesterone necessitate this. A significant increase in the levels and activities of both hormones (and possibly a few other hormones) causes water retention.
This implies that the body does not get rid of water as much as it does before. The retained water adds some extra pounds to the normal body weight. But as with other forms of water weight, it is just a temporary thing.
Increase in Cravings for Certain Meals
Women do not share the same experience during menstruation. Of course, there are some very common symptoms that most (if not all) women will experience during this period. For some, taste for food is significantly altered by their menstrual periods.
As a result, such people mostly have cravings for a diet rich in things like sugar and salt. We did mention how PMS weight is likely to get lost a few days after the commencement of the menstrual period. But we take exception here.
This is because weight gain as a result of what you eat is not water weight. So, you need to be mindful of how many calories you eat a day during this time. To reduce such weight, you have to reduce your intake of certain foods. Meals that are high in salt and sugar are very high on the list. Other than this, other weight loss tips like engaging in a consistent exercise routine is required.
For the record, extra weight gain is not the only health concern with such a diet. For example, excessive intake of salt (sodium) can cause health problems like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
On the other hand, excessive intake of foods high in sugar can cause health complications like bloating (at the very least). So, be mindful of how much of these foods you contain. This is especially at the PMS time; which is when the cravings for such a diet can be very high.
You might want to consider taking meals rich in nutrients such as magnesium. Given how this nutrient works, magnesium can help your body in several ways (including PMS weight loss).
Do not forget that we have other interesting contents that you can read on the weight loss page of the International Health Alliance website.