Why am I so hungry before my period?

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Pre-menstrual hunger and cravings

Do you experience constant hunger before your period and just want to eat everything in sight? You're not alone...

Experiencing constant hunger near the time of your period is certainly not uncommon. Many women find themselves eating more just before, during, or after. The level of hunger will vary from one woman to another, and there is a very good reason for this. During your period, your body is working hard and, therefore, needs more fuel to keep it going. All kinds of chemicals are interacting and your brain is sending a signal to you to eat more.

Fluctuating hormone levels

When you have your period, hormone levels fluctuate, and hunger is a natural response to these changes. So, what happens when you feel hungry? Chances are, you eat. While struggling with this, it’s difficult to ignore the urge to eat. You may find a balance especially if during other times of the month you have little to no appetite. The problem many women run into is consuming more calories during this time than they are burning. It’s natural to eat when you feel hungry, but choosing carefully can be the key to not gaining extra weight each month.

If you exercise regularly, it will be easier to burn off any additional calories you take in. You may even amp up your daily fitness routine just a bit at the time when you experience this hunger, in an effort to keep the weight off. This is hard though, if you are also experiencing cramps and other PMS symptoms. 

You may also crave certain foods during your period

Unfortunately, they may be unhealthy choices like ice cream or biscuits. While these are okay in moderation, you’ll probably want to find ways of curbing your desire for them.

One way to do this is to keep yourself busy when you feel these cravings. Another may be to eat healthier foods instead. The fewer unhealthy foods you keep in the house the easier it will be to avoid them. You may have a few specific choices you especially crave during your period and it’s okay to keep them around for this purpose. 

Another factor to keep in mind is the weight you may gain in water alone

You will lose this the week after your period, but it can make you feel a bit uncomfortable while it’s there. Add that to the weight you may gain by eating more and you will probably be feeling a bit frustrated by the time all is said and done.

By burning calories during your period you’ll be able to burn off the excess weight you may have gained during that time. By paying attention to your body you can find a happy medium which will help you control, if not ignore, some of the extra hunger altogether.

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