For women, I think I need help. Period questions.
Okay, so my ride on the SCD has been sort of up and down. Let my start by saying I'm 5'7" and 128-133 lbs. I've been on it for about 3 months, and all in all I've lost and regained the same damn 5 lbs. So after the first month and a half of seeing no progress, I tweaked a lot of things, and it seemed the diet finally started to work and I lost 5 lbs and some inches until a couple days before my period started. I had no idea that I got SO bloated due to my period. But now that my period is nearing the end this month, the "bloating" hasnt gone away (I don't feel bloated, but thats the only way I can explain the gain in inches so suddenly) and I gained back the 5 lbs I lost after I made some changes to the diet. So the question is, for most women, how much do you gain on your period in weight and in inches, and how long does it last? Until the middle of your period? The end? A couple days after? I feel stupid asking this because I'm a grown woman and should be aware of this by now, but when you go from seeing results and feeling confident about it, to not seeing anything besides gain, it makes you wonder. Is it really just my period or am I actually gaining weight and inches? I'm not 100% sure how many inches I gain during my period or how long they last because before this diet, I never measured myself and I stayed away from the scale for the most part. At this point I'm just starting to get annoyed and pissed off. I spend days eating the same meals and not cheating, and ignoring all my cravings (which is almost like torture BTW, considering I live in a house surrounded by junkfood), doing workouts 3-4 days a week. I am devoted to this diet because I hate doing cardio, and before I had to do an hour of it a day just to MAINTAIN my weight, so theres no way I'm going back to calorie counting. I just need some help in figuring out why the hell I keep yo yo'ing back and forth when I haven't cheated or done anything wrong. Has this been happening to anyone else?
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While I can't speak to your hormone question simply because I'm a guy, I can try to help troubleshoot other possible reasons for your yo-yo like results. First and foremost, what is your schedule like? If you could provide us with a normal day of meals and water intake, along with any workout for that day, we could find the culprit to your results. Keep a positive attitude, there are countless women here that have and are in your shoes; they can do it and so can you! We're here for you.
I never weighed myself so religiously until I was on this diet so I knew I gained and lost a few pounds as my hormones changed, but I couldn't have told you how many or for how long! Now I know too much!
Personally, I see a short stall the week before my period. I don't usually gain, but I probably also don't lose anything. Then my period starts and by the end of the week I'm down the 2 I had expected, plus at least one, maybe 2 more. Similarly, the week I'm ovulating, I see a smaller loss, or no loss but the week after I have a bigger loss that usually evens it all up. By the time a month is up, I'm still averaging 8 pounds a month, or 2 pounds a week.
What helps the most is to NOT weigh every single day. I weigh the morning before cheat day and then compare to the same day, 4 weeks before. That's usually a better comparison, as my body is about as close to the same place hormonally as it's ever going to be. I'm not worried about daily fluctuations so long as the overall trend in the bigger picture is a downward one!
I have the same problem at that time of the month. I get really bloated 2 days before and I stay bloated until 2 days after. so it's about 11 days of the month that I am bloated for which sucks tremendously. I try to do IF twice during that time and it has not only helped me be less bloated but it also jump starts some weight loss.
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