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Reasons For Weight Gain During Menstruation Period

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Women have a mountain of problems during a period and it all begins at the time of PMS. Together with stomach bloating, headaches, migraines, mood swings, nausea, cramping, fatigue, stress, increased appetite and the sorts, a sudden weight gain just adds to the mess of things during menstruation.

Weight gain is a common problem for women on their period and though it may seem a little weird, this weight gain may or may not decrease even after the period phase, which therefore is annoying. To know exactly why you gain weight at the time of menstruation, here are the eight reasons for feeling heavy and bloated.

According to experts, those who prevent to be physically active during menstruation find this weight gain to be more of a problem to be mobile and active. It is suggested that women should make it a point to be active even on their first day of the period, as it not only helps with decreasing the cramping, but it also helps with the decrease in the rapid weight gain.

So, ladies, here are some of the reasons for weight gain during menstruation. You might want to take a look at this and get ready for your next cycle:


Lack Of Physical Activity

It is common that women turn to a lot of junk foods and other high calorie foods during their period. Therefore, lack of being physically active will eventually lead to weight gain. It is important for women to head to the gym even on the first day of their period.


Hydration Problems

It is said at the time of menstruation, a woman's weight can fluctuate as much as five pounds depending on the amount of water or food she has consumed. In these cases, the weight will gradually decrease after the period cycle.


As You Age

A lot depends on the age too. As a woman ages and moves into her 30's it is likely for her to feel tired and incapable of being active as in the 20's.Wright gain during menstruation is because of the decreasing metabolism and bodily abilities.



Depression is one of the many things that most women face at the time of menstruation. It occurs at the time of PMS and women who are under depression have the tendency to eat more and sit in the corner doing just about nothing. This inactivity leads to weight gain during a period.


Magnesium Levels Drop

The reason why women tend to crave at the time of menstruation is because their magnesium level goes down resulting in the rise of insulin levels and hence the need for more sugar in the body thus indirectly leading to weight gain.



A woman's body goes through many hormonal changes at the time of menses and one of them is tummy bloating. Due to bloating, a woman may experience severe menstrual cramps and alongside feel heavy like weight gain.


Water Retention

Premenstrual water retention is a common reason behind a bloated, heavy feeling which seems like weight gain during menstruation. This retention occurs a week or two before your period begins. To prevent and get rid of this problem make sure that your diet contain a high amount of protein to keep you fit and active.

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 13:12 [IST]
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