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It's mind-blowingly beautiful what happens in a woman's body when it prepares for the opportunity to bring another life into this world. However, the process of menstruation can cause disaster to your regular diet & exercise routine if you're on a weight loss journey.
If you choose to apply the knowledge and advice from both Parts of this topic to your own fitness journey, you will have the priceless advantage to reduce the risk of weight gain, or damaging progress made, before and during your Periods.
Part 1 defines the main hormones that spike and fall which clearly causes us to eat more than usual and crave foods rich in calories, carbohydrates and fats. Included in the post is 4 valuable ways for you to prepare to lower your chances for giving in to your PMS cravings.
(Definitely a secret every woman should know! So spread the word! :) )
As much as we respect the magic of the Weight Loss Journey and strive for successful results - whatever the ultimate goal is for you - just know that IT IS OKAY to HONOR YOUR CRAVINGS in moderation.
Do your best to make the healthy practices and switches a part of your life, but if your craving is hella persistent, no matter what you do to "fight it", please have that doughnut or loaded-fries, Babe! One or two helpings of unhealthy foodstuffs won't Totally derail your weight loss progress.
DID YOU KNOW? : There are foods which can surprisingly worsen symptoms of PMS!
Mind the Salt:
Too much salt at any time of the month isn't good for the body. Too much salt can lead to dehydration and water retention - which can equal dehydration headaches and an extra portion of bloating when menstruating. Being dehydrated can also worsen those nasty PMS cramps! No, thank you!
Manage that Sweet tooth:
This is where it's important to prepare ahead. Your hormones and blood sugar levels are rising and falling which is involved affecting those mood swings and cravings. Having excess sugar can cause heightened spikes in your blood sugar and intense crashes afterwards. Leaving you feeling worse than before you ate.
Best Foods for PMS Symptoms and Weight Loss
Magnesium is a mineral what can reduce PMS anxiety & depression, reduce muscle tension like cramps, headaches and that upset tummy!¹ Magnesium is vital for almost every function in our body and is found in seeds, fatty fish, and most foods that are high in fiber.
Oh, and in Dark Chocolate ;).
Don't forget to have it in moderation, please, Ladies!
Fresh Fruit and Veggies:
When prepared correctly, these guys can reduce both your sweet and salty cravings, as well as have much less calories than the unhealthy snack that you're eyeing out over there. They have a high-water content which can prevent dehydration, and pack a variety of minerals and vitamins - like the fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium, to name a few, that our bodies need most at this time.
Your iron levels will be dropping as you lose blood, so increase your consumption of iron-rich foods. Protein also has the ability to curb those cravings and have you feeling fuller for longer. Having a consistent and healthy amount of protein in your diet can also assist in regulating your periods.
Almost all of the vitamins and minerals needed to support you mentally and physically during your period are found in foods high in protein and fiber.
But, This eBook is a necessity to have on hand for any time of the month!
It's a great tool for anyone on their Weight Loss Journey, whether you're a novice or not, as it cuts out the time and hassle of searching online or reading labels in the store for "the best" foods. You'll also be able to see how many grams of protein and fiber your favourite foods have.
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Written by: Andrea Thelen of AuthenticAndrea44
¹ Yoppie, Y. (2021, February 21). Magnesium magic: How magnesium can help your menstrual cycle. Yoppie. Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://yoppie.com/blog/magnesium-magic-menstrual-cycle