WARNING: If you are a dude you may not want to read this!! Especially if you get weirded out by girl hormones/periods/stuff like that. Just wanted to give a heads up so you can spare yourself the details. K? K. Earmuffs.
I was somewhat hesitant to make a blog post about this, but I feel that it is important to share... especially for girls out there who have struggled like me with eating disorder and loss of menstrual cycle. This is something that I originally hoped would happen as a result of the reverse diet.. and this week it finally did!
On Wednesday, I got my period for the first time in almost a YEAR. I am SO HAPPY. I know it might sound crazy, but this means that my hormones are being restored to more normal levels. This will definitely be helpful when trying to have kids one day… in the very, very distant future. ;)
I will say, this has been the most severely uncomfortable period I have ever experienced. Maybe my body is making up for lost time. :P When I used to get my period more regularly (before my ED), I had cramps but never this intense. These literally made me dizzy, but Midol seemed to help. Also, the bloat is REAL. I feel like I'm about to give birth to freaking Shamu.
So yes, mother nature threw a wrench in my experiment this week, but I am glad! This could very well be why I gained a few pounds recently without increasing my macros significantly. Or it might not be. There's really no telling! Either way, I'm still going to continue with the mini-cut just to try it out as a part of the experiment.
It will be super interesting to see how this affects my weight/BF% readings and how significantly those numbers may decrease after this week. I was talking with a good friend about it this week and she said that she once gained 10 lbs in a DAY. I'm glad that hasn't happened to me.. yet! But it makes me feel better. I actually used to wonder if telling myself I was "bloated" due to hormones was a placebo/way to make myself feel better about gaining weight during my period. I'm glad this is not the case. The bloat is REAL y'all.
Anyways! I just wanted to share my observations in case anyone else has struggled with this! Just another reason why reverse dieting is amazing! Now that it is Saturday and I finally have a chance to BREATHE, I am going to read the Reverse Dieting ebook by Sohee Lee and Layne Norton! I have been wanting to read it all week but had 0 time. So stoked. Stay tuned for a review. :)