Weight gain during period is a physical symptom of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). In fact, it’s normal to gain few kgs that goes away after a few days of bleeding. The causes of weight gain during periods can vary from person to person. But here are some constant reasons why women put on weight during periods:
In some women, hormonal changes cause weight gain by increasing water retention. In major cases, water retention cause swelling or puffiness in breasts, stomach or abdomen. You need not to worry because there is an increase in body weight and not fat.
Stomach bloating is also one of the reasons women gain weight before periods. It may start five days before your period and continue till the first few days of menstruation.
Food craving is another symptom of PMS. Not only your appetite increases few days before your periods, but you also start craving for high-calorie and high-sugar foods.
GI (Gastrointestinal) issues like constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are also very common during or before periods.
In addition to that, when your period begins, magnesium levels gradually decrease. This drop can provoke sugar cravings and contribute to weight gain.
Here are a few ways in which you can prevent weight gain or water retention during your period.
Caffeine and other high sugar beverages may worsen bloating. Avoid these foods as much as possible.
Regular exercise can reduce the symptoms during periods.
Avoid processed or outside food during that time of the month. This way you will also reduce your salt intake which is the major reason of water retention.
Staying hydrated before and during your menstrual cycle can also help you by preventing your body from conserving liquids.