There are noticeable differences between male and female weight charts – the culprit is what this article is all about. Large fluctuations in weight can cause even the hardest nosed to waiver and lose some heart. Make sure this is not you by knowing your body and what to expect from the outset.
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You will experience a much greater water retention just before your periods so be sure to take that into account when taking measurements.
Ignore scale readings in the 10 days before menstruation as they are not at all a reflection of what is happening. If you are following the programme to the letter then you will lose fat. Making a note of your cycle will help you understand fluctuations and prevent short term water fluctuations from discouraging you.
The best method would be to NOT take measurements for 10 days prior and during. Wait till after your period (the next day after you finish would be fine) as your next measurement. Alternatively continue your weekly weigh ins and note the point in your menstrual cycle.
Bottom line: be aware of your menstrual cycle so you don’t mistakenly conclude that the programme is not working. This goes for mid circumference measurements as well as weigh ins.