Is today a diet day?
If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, when you start your diet could be the key to success.
Diets are never easy but your hormones do play a part, so start the diet at the right time in your cycle, and you may just find it that little bit easier to say no to cake!
When not to diet
Just before, during or just after your period is not the best time to start dieting. Not only will you feel a bit groggy and not up to starting a high energy exercise plan, but this is also the danger zone when it comes to cravings.
A study by Tufts University actually showed that women eat less food (12%) from day one of their period, however, this may also be the time when you give into bad food. While you may be eating less, those salty, sweet or fatty comfort foods are actually high in calories.
It may seem like your body is physically craving these foods, but research has shown it’s probably an emotional craving, which will definitely interfere with all your good diet intentions.
When to diet
The good news is that when it comes to your hormones, you have a huge window of opportunity for starting a diet!
- The week after your period is a great time to tackle any new eating or exercise plan. As your oestrogen rises, so do your energy levels, so you’ll be ready to tackle any new exercise programme as well as having the right mental outlook to tackle new challenges, such as a diet.
- During this phase, you’re also likely to feel less hungry. One study by the University of Adelaide found this was because the stomach is slower to empty during this time, which means it stays fuller for longer, making you feel less hungry.
- Another study, conducted by the Yale School of Medicine, showed that oestrogen is a natural appetite suppressant. This peaks in the middle of your cycle, around day 14, so that’s also another good time to start that diet.