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Guest Blogger: Your Cycle and Your Weight Loss
By Serene Husseini / Fitness Coach
- How does your cycle affect your fitness & fat loss results? Read on 👇🏼
. Note: Day 1 is the first day of your period. 𝘿𝙖𝙮 1-14 𝙁𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙥𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙚: Appetite is lower and more balanced so sticking to a plan is easier and this is a good time to focus on improving strength and endurance. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙄𝙈𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙑𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏. During this time, you will feel stronger, will go for longer and have a higher pain tolerance. 𝘿𝙖𝙮 14 𝙊𝙫𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 Appetite will start to climb as metabolism ramps up so maybe your diet can be adjusted so that you fuel yourself properly. 𝙔𝙤𝙪’𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩... . ...but be very careful with your form and ensure your technique is solid to minimise risk of injury. 𝘿𝙖𝙮 14-28 𝙇𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙚 The most difficult and complex phase. Overeating and high cravings are most likely to occur through this phase but because you will naturally decrease load and output in the gym, your body doesn’t need the extra calories. Your body fuels well off fat here (insulin sensitivity is at its lowest) but you may well be a carb-craver because of a decrease in serotonin levels. 𝙏𝙧𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 – 𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙗 𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙨 🙌🏼 . ⚠️ You may not feel like you’re losing fat though as water retention can be high so don’t let this fool you! ⚠️ . Some women may suffer more with pre-menstrual symptoms like nausea so while they welcome a lower food intake, they may face other challenges. . 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙤 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮, 𝙞𝙩’𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚.
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