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Does your period affect weight loss?
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MaryBoBary · 24/07/2018 12:00

I’ve just started a diet 3 weeks ago. Weighed myself last week and was 11 stone 4, weighed again and was 11 stone 8. I’m really annoyed because I’ve been really good with my eating, and been out running 4 times this week. I’m on my period this week - will that have an effect?

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itsBritneyBeach · 24/07/2018 12:04

Yes - don't feel bad about it! Weight changes throughout the day anyway and on your period with all the bloating and hormones, it's even more noticeable!


https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/article/5-reasons-you-experience-weight-gain-during-your-period


Not sure how accurate this is!

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Threehoursfromhome · 24/07/2018 12:31

Yes, it causes water retention for a lot of women. If you have been running a more than usual, that may be compounding matters, as the muscles retain water as part of the damage repair process. There may also be an increase in your cortisol levels due to the physical stress of increased exercise, which again can lead to water retention.

Make sure you're drinking enough, and see what things look like next week.

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AuntieStella · 24/07/2018 12:41

Yes, I always used to stay constant or even go up in the run up to a period and the first day or two. Then it would swoop down (assuming I had stuck with healthy eating).

Of course, when periods go haywire/stop (perimenopause) everything changes again.

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MaryBoBary · 24/07/2018 20:56

Thank you everyone

@Threehoursfromhome yes I have just started couch to 5k so hopefully that is the answer! I’ll see if next week is better.

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