PMS & Weight Gain
Updated: Jul 8, 2022
Premenstrual Syndrome, also known as PMS, happens about a week or so before the start of your period. It involves a handful of emotional and behavioral symptoms as well as physical symptoms such as:
Joint or muscle pain
Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms
Gaining weight and feeling bloated during PMS can make you feel defeated, especially when you know you’re trying your best in maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. The changing hormones may cause excess gas which can make you feel heavier during PMS. Your body will also retain more water in areas such as abdomen and bust as the levels of hormones responsible for the fluid regulation in your body drops.
Food cravings may happen during PMS because the hormones progesterone can stimulate your appetite. Your level of magnesium will also decrease, triggering dehydration. This can trick your brain into thinking that you are hungry and make you crave for junk food and sweets. On top of that, your metabolism also fluctuates during PMS. This means that you may feel like you’ve gained weight after eating more.
It is recommended to avoid salty food and sugar, staying adequately hydrated and exercise to decrease the feeling of weight gain and bloating during PMS. PMS will usually go away once your period starts. However, you may have premenstrual dysphoric disorder, also known as PDD, if PMS is affecting your daily life at a greater scale. In this case, we recommend consulting professionals for their advice.