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Posted by: Anon | 2011/07/25

Menstrual cycle affecting weight measuring

Good day, Doc

Could you kindly let me know how a girl''s menstrual cycle affects measuring weight?

How many kg on the weight scale can one more or less expect to be more, and does it affect your weight a week before or a week after your period?

Many thanks

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Dear Menstrual Cycle Affecting Weight Measuring
Female hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle and can affect how much you weigh when you step on the scale even if you have actually lost fat. This is unfortunately an individual reaction: some women gain weight when their oestrogen levels are high, while others tend to gain weight when their progesterone levels are high. The weight is usually caused by water retention and can vary by up to 3 or more kg. If you find that you are retaining water before or after your menstrual cycle, please discuss this problem with your medical dr or gynae. The dr may be able to prescribe a mild diuretic to assist you during your water-retaining phase of the month. From a dietary point of view you can click on 'Diet'nFood' and 'DietDoc's articles' and look for the article on 'PMS and Diet' (it used to be number 57). Basically you need to eat a balanced, low-GI diet, take B complex vitamins, reduce your salt intake and do some gentle exercises to counteract these ups and downs of the menstrual cycle.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/07/25

Dear Menstrual Cycle Affecting Weight Measuring
Female hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle and can affect how much you weigh when you step on the scale even if you have actually lost fat. This is unfortunately an individual reaction: some women gain weight when their oestrogen levels are high, while others tend to gain weight when their progesterone levels are high. The weight is usually caused by water retention and can vary by up to 3 or more kg. If you find that you are retaining water before or after your menstrual cycle, please discuss this problem with your medical dr or gynae. The dr may be able to prescribe a mild diuretic to assist you during your water-retaining phase of the month. From a dietary point of view you can click on 'Diet'nFood' and 'DietDoc's articles' and look for the article on 'PMS and Diet' (it used to be number 57). Basically you need to eat a balanced, low-GI diet, take B complex vitamins, reduce your salt intake and do some gentle exercises to counteract these ups and downs of the menstrual cycle.
Best regards
DietDoc

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