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Ladies, do any of you experience weight gain during period that doesn't go away when the business is through? *Earmuffs, squeamish men!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I was doing pretty well on my first two weeks of paleo (down 6 lbs) and then I got my period - which I am ever-so-lucky to get every 3 weeks (since last summer). Since I mysteriously started having a 21 day cycle, I seem to gain 3-5 lbs during the menstruation week and then have a hard time getting back to pre-period weight. Super frustrating as I always feel like I'm taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. I have really low sex hormones and was on progesterone hrt for a few months - with miserable results. Going to get more labs done next week.

My workout schedule and eating habits are mostly maintained during the menstruating week (when I'm not too exhausted or too ravenous - respectively). But no amount of water consumption and sweating seems to help with the post weight loss. So, wondering if anyone has any insight into what could be happening here. I was hoping this way of eating would help regulate my hormones, so I'm willing to be patient. Just looking for encouragement and advice I suppose.

I'm 30 and I have 30 lbs to lose. Same 30 lbs I've lost and gained for the past 10 years.

Thanks all! I'm really excited to have found this community!

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on April 02, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I went to a fertility specialist to help conceive my twins. I had suspected it for years before but he's the one who confirmed it. Some OB/GYNs can also diagnose it for you.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Hmmm, that's the first time I've ever heard of that! If anything, drink some tea or black coffee which will act as a diuretic. My formula is: Dehydrated = drink more water, and up the sodium a bit so you don't just pee out the water. Bloat = Decrease sodium, increase magnesium.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:54 AM

"hormone imbalances are the root cause of digestive issues such as leaky gut." Interesting. My experience/understanding is that irritants like gluten and antibiotics can mess up gut flora so that nutrients are not absorbed. Thus hormones cannot be built/balanced because the the building blocks aren't there.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Thank you Heidi! When I last checked my progesterone it was at perimenopausal levels. Might explain why we're having similar experiences. I appreciate the encouraging words and it's good to be able to relate. By the way, I have always wondered about PCOS. I was scheduled for an ultrasound but never went because of the cost. I have most of the symptoms. How long have you known you have it and how was it diagnosed?

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I take 5,000iu of D3 by NOW Supplements. I was much more irregular before starting paleo. Now my gut seems pretty calm but my movements are not all created equal. I might have something going on, but I have no idea where to begin determining what it is or how to treat. I've been eating plenty of coconut oil and occasional kimchi and kombucha. However, From what I understand, hormone imbalances are the root cause of digestive issues such as leaky gut. The doctor I'm going to see next week is a naturopath. I intend to breach these topics with her.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:40 AM

I restarting magnesium today. RE: too much water, I've always read that when you're retaining water the best thing to do is to drink more water!

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I get it in my face too. Soooo annoying. My appetite stays mostly the same during weeks 1-3. I guess it does increase a little during my actual period. But mainly for sweets. And I'm usually in too much pain and discomfort to overeat. I've only been paleo for one cycle, so I'll have a more accurate assessment after the end of the next cycle, I suppose.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Also, do you have any digestive problems? No amount of supplementing is going to help if you have gut dysbiosis.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:27 PM

That's still pretty low. What kind of D are you taking? I take all supplements except my Magnesium with my first meal, so if you do the same & take your cal/mag before bed, you should be fine. Also, Zinc is essential for hormone balance.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:24 PM

You might just be drinking too much water. You could try scaling back when you start to bloat and up your magnesium intake.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Last I checked was last July and my D was in the mid 40s. Prior to that it was in the 30s for about a year leading up to that. Supplementing vitamin D hasn't helped tremendously in raising my levels. But I'm about to retest so, we'll see. I take Vitamins ABCDK everyday and just started krill and fish oil. I have a calcium/magnesium supplement in the pantry that I've been avoiding. I'll jump on that again! Do you know if it's okay to take all these things at once? I know certain nutrients prevent the absorption of others.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 08:53 PM

And in case it helps, diet is: VLC, very clean 2 meals per day, mostly coconut oil, eggs, wild/pastured protein, veg (non starcy), coffee/tea/water, no fruit, no dairy, no starch. Try not to eat past 7pm. Never hungry, never stuffed. Exercise is: 2-3 days of weightlifting/wk (1hr each), 3-5 days light "cardio"/wk (30-60 min each), 1 day hatha yoga (90 min).

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I certainly hope so. And yeah, I've had a 28 day cycle my whole life until I stopped NuvaRing after two years on it. Then shit went haywire and I've never been the same. I never thought about the possibility that I'm not losing the water before I start retaining more. I'll post again after I get my labs. Hopefully within 2 or so weeks. Thanks!

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Thanks Nemesis. It does gradually come off, but it takes a week or two and then I'm PMSing again, so it makes actual weight loss very challenging. I just keep going in circles. Hmm...I don't really track magnesium or sodium. I mostly cook at home and I do use sea salt on pretty much everything. I doubt it's excessive though...I also drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day. I suppose I could more careful about salt during that week.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 20, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Without knowing what your diet and workout routines are like, I'm guessing it's all a result of hormones. They can really make weightloss and water-retention difficult to deal with. Once your doctors can help you get that worked out, it should improve. A 21 day cycle is really short. You might not have time to get rid of all the water from the previous cycle before you start retaining again.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Have you had your D level checked?

D3 is a hormone precursor and you really need to have a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml for your body to create hormone balance. Also, if you aren't eating dairy, then you need to eat natto or supplement K2, eat liver and probably supplement magnesium as co-factors for D.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Also, do you have any digestive problems? No amount of supplementing is going to help if you have gut dysbiosis.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:27 PM

That's still pretty low. What kind of D are you taking? I take all supplements except my Magnesium with my first meal, so if you do the same & take your cal/mag before bed, you should be fine. Also, Zinc is essential for hormone balance.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:54 AM

"hormone imbalances are the root cause of digestive issues such as leaky gut." Interesting. My experience/understanding is that irritants like gluten and antibiotics can mess up gut flora so that nutrients are not absorbed. Thus hormones cannot be built/balanced because the the building blocks aren't there.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Last I checked was last July and my D was in the mid 40s. Prior to that it was in the 30s for about a year leading up to that. Supplementing vitamin D hasn't helped tremendously in raising my levels. But I'm about to retest so, we'll see. I take Vitamins ABCDK everyday and just started krill and fish oil. I have a calcium/magnesium supplement in the pantry that I've been avoiding. I'll jump on that again! Do you know if it's okay to take all these things at once? I know certain nutrients prevent the absorption of others.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I take 5,000iu of D3 by NOW Supplements. I was much more irregular before starting paleo. Now my gut seems pretty calm but my movements are not all created equal. I might have something going on, but I have no idea where to begin determining what it is or how to treat. I've been eating plenty of coconut oil and occasional kimchi and kombucha. However, From what I understand, hormone imbalances are the root cause of digestive issues such as leaky gut. The doctor I'm going to see next week is a naturopath. I intend to breach these topics with her.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 20, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I gain a couple pounds in water weight, which starts several days before my period starts. It gradually comes off though--water retention isn't cumulative.

How is your sodium and magnesium intake? Both can really affect water retention in regards to PMS.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 20, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Thanks Nemesis. It does gradually come off, but it takes a week or two and then I'm PMSing again, so it makes actual weight loss very challenging. I just keep going in circles. Hmm...I don't really track magnesium or sodium. I mostly cook at home and I do use sea salt on pretty much everything. I doubt it's excessive though...I also drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day. I suppose I could more careful about salt during that week.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 20, 2012
at 10:24 PM

You might just be drinking too much water. You could try scaling back when you start to bloat and up your magnesium intake.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Hmmm, that's the first time I've ever heard of that! If anything, drink some tea or black coffee which will act as a diuretic. My formula is: Dehydrated = drink more water, and up the sodium a bit so you don't just pee out the water. Bloat = Decrease sodium, increase magnesium.

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:40 AM

I restarting magnesium today. RE: too much water, I've always read that when you're retaining water the best thing to do is to drink more water!

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B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on March 21, 2012
at 01:39 AM

I've found that eating Paleo is regulating my cycles and helping me lose weight despite a huge set-back each month. For me its lose 4-5 pounds during the three weeks I'm not menstruating,then put 3-4 back on during my period. Repeat next month. Repeat. Repeat. Before I was Paleo I would put back on all the weight I'd lost during my period, so I never could lose weight. Now I'm at least getting that pound or two of weight loss each month. It's painfully slow, but it is happening. I also seem to be more regular and my periods are shorter. This could be because the lower carb eating (around 60-100 grams/day for me) has helped my PCOS. Or it could be because I'm 43 and things are starting to change . . .

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Thank you Heidi! When I last checked my progesterone it was at perimenopausal levels. Might explain why we're having similar experiences. I appreciate the encouraging words and it's good to be able to relate. By the way, I have always wondered about PCOS. I was scheduled for an ultrasound but never went because of the cost. I have most of the symptoms. How long have you known you have it and how was it diagnosed?

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on April 02, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I went to a fertility specialist to help conceive my twins. I had suspected it for years before but he's the one who confirmed it. Some OB/GYNs can also diagnose it for you.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 20, 2012
at 11:07 PM

I get some water retention usually, so I usually weigh a few pounds more during my period (fleshes out my face usually, which is annoying but not that big of a deal for me). However, I always lose a couple pounds when I'm ovulating (lack of appetite). I think this 2 lbs or so that just kind of comes on and off isn't too big of a deal, but if it is "sticking" like yours, sounds like something could be being affected by your hormones. Does you appetite change in any significant way throughout your cycle?

44b03af890ca008101b4ff47bdd722a0

on March 21, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I get it in my face too. Soooo annoying. My appetite stays mostly the same during weeks 1-3. I guess it does increase a little during my actual period. But mainly for sweets. And I'm usually in too much pain and discomfort to overeat. I've only been paleo for one cycle, so I'll have a more accurate assessment after the end of the next cycle, I suppose.

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