As if feeling bloated and going through wild mood swings are not enough, women are also more prone to feeling fat during their period.
But thankfully, most of the time, it’s just their hormones tricking them.
New research reveals the feeling of weight gain stems from women’s tendency to feel more guilty about their eating during the time of the month. Couple this with the elevated hormones heightening feelings of self consciousness, women end up thinking they are fatter than they really are — regardless whether they have actually put on weight.
The research which was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, studied over 350 women aged 15-25 for 45 days. It found that women obsessed over their body weight most during the premenstrual and menstrual phases of their cycle.
In reality, some women do indeed eat more just before their period. The increased food intake is caused by both emotional eating and biological factors as the body is preparing itself for ovulation.
So ladies, next time you feel fat as your period comes on, take heart that the weight gain is mostly imaginary and will go come to pass.