Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Mastering Your Metabolism was designed for everyone – whether you’re young, old, male, female, thin, or packing a few extra pounds, the program will work for you.
However, there are some times when all your hormones go a bit further south, like at menopause and andropause.
When you have a more complex hormonal condition, like PCOS, metabolic syndrome, PMS, or a thyroid imbalance, this diet will certainly help.
But you may need a little extra help, support, and possibly, medication.
This program, along with this diet, can help you find some relief for these condition.
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a little slice of hell on earth.
Up to 75% of women experience this cluster of unpleasant symptoms that rise during the second half of their cycle, usually 5-7 days before their period.
Just look at the number of symptoms often cited in connection with PMS:
Acne – Aggression – Anxiety – Bloating – Constipation – Cramps and pressure in the lower belly – Cravings – Crying – Depression – Desire to be left alone – Distractibility – Dizziness – Faster or more pronounced heartbeat – Fatigue – Feeling overwhelmed – “Foggy” thinking – Forgetfulness – Headaches – Hot flashes – Insomnia – Irritability – Loss of libido – Mood swings – Muscle tension – Nausea – Paranoia – Prickly hands and feet – Quick temper – Sensitivity – Swollen hands and feet – Teary – Tender breasts – Vomiting – Weight gain
Many women have several of these symptoms; some may have only one or two.
One in 20 women experience such severe PMS it can actually be considered premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a potentially life-destroying condition, one of the symptoms of which can be uncontrollable anger.
(If your PMS interferes with your normal functioning at work, home, or with loved ones, take it seriously and talk to your health care professional.)
The true cause of PMS is a source of controversy among endocrinologists.
Many physicians blame the rapid rise and fall in progesterone levels after ovulation.
Others blame androgen disorders.
Many experts believe PMDD may be caused by lower levels of serotonin, the calming “good mood” neurotransmitter.
Thyroid disorders share many of the same symptoms as PMS – if you have chronic PMS, you should ask your doctor for a thyroid test to rule out any problems.
The good news is PMS can be tamed, if not cured.
Make a note on your calendar on the first day of your period and track how many days you have in your cycle.
Do this for 3 months, and patterns will emerge.
Once you know what to expect, you can take steps to manage your symptoms.
Try these 5 tips:
Rest, relax, and exercise.
Adequate sleep and less stress will put you in a better hormonal position to handle this physiological imbalance.
You may not want to, but get in your workout anyway.
The endorphin rush will help relieve cramps and counterbalance a lack of serotonin and happy neurochemicals.
If you can, schedule around your period.
Try to schedule downtime into the last and first weeks of your cycle – that’s when PMS and then your period hit.
Schedule stressful tasks for the second week of your cycle, which starts 7 days after the first day of your period, because several hormones peak during this week before ovulation.
Cut out most caffeine, alcohol, and salt.
Women with fibrocystic breasts often experience a lot of tenderness during the premenstrual days.
Reducing caffeine can minimize breast tenderness and irritability.
Steer clear of alcohol because it exacerbates feelings of depression.
Cutting salt will reduce bloat.
Minimize simple sugars.
Eating high-glycemic carbs increases the level of inflammation in your body, making cramps worse.
A blood sugar roller coaster is never a good thing for your raw nerves, so this diet gives you regular meals and snacks with fiber and protein to help keep your blood sugar stable.
Calcium can reduce symptoms of PMS – shoot for at least 1,200 mg a day, a dose shown to be effective versus placebo in clinical trials on PMS.
To reduce the inflammation of cramps and breast tenderness, try a primrose oil supplement, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that may work in ways similar to ibuprofen.
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