Thursday, March 13, 2008

How to lose your period

This is my top list of things I see women do that cause them to lose their periods for a long time. In working with clients and having gone through this myself, it's a nasty process, but it can be reversed:

1. Keep track of everything you eat and know exactely how many calories go into and out (exercise...) of your body each day.

2. Only eat a certain group of foods and become stressed if you can't eat what's on your list of accetable foods.

3. Lose body weight quickly.

4. Exercise for more than an hour everyday and become upset if you miss any workout.

5. Always look in the mirror and think you're fat and hideous.

6. Never go to parties in case there's "bad" food there.

7. Never eat out, or if you do, know exactely how many calories are in your food and then exercise it off later.

8. Think your body has to look like a supermodel's body.

9. Have a stressful job that makes you feel anxious all the time.

10. Don't enjoy relaxing with people you love.

11. Weigh yourself every day and become upset if the number does not drop every day or week.

12. Spend a lot of time on the internet reading diet articles and the journals of a figure competitor.

13. Spend a lot of time alone.

14. Eat only 100 calories over your RMR.

15. Avoid dietary fat or really limit it in your food intake.

6 comments:

jerect said...

Wow, I needed to read this today. I haven't lost my period but I have a lot of these issues with food and exercise. I just finished reading NROL4W and The nutrition part made me feel uneasy because of the amount of calories it requires. I guess I have this fear of becoming obese or something, But after reading this post, it's starting to click for me.. I don't need a supermodel's body I need a healthy body that is going to take care of me when i get older. I think I'm going to give NROL4W a try and see how it goes. It's been a long time since I have eaten that many calories but then again it's been a long time since I have not run out of energy in the weight room as well. I'm a vegetarian for moral and spiritual issues so I'm going to have to get creative but I can do this, I owe it to myself to do this..
Thanks for this post, I'm going to print it out and put it on my fridge as a daily reminder to EAT!

LT said...

This happened to me back in college. I had NO periods for 7 years due to grossly under eating. Even when I regained back to a healthy weight my period did not come back. It took several months of hormone replacement therapy before I began having periods again. Now at age 39 I worry about what, if any damage I might have caused to my body, especially bones from the lack of estrogen. It is so much more common than people think, and not just among competitive athletes as many people assume.

Cassandra Forsythe said...

You're welcome Jerect! If you have any other questions, just email me!

It, this situation is much more common that women think, but can be corrected and can be prevented. I'm glad you found your way out of it.

LizN said...

I love this post Cass. Nothing more exciting for me than to see a healthy fit client who is menstruating normally. We may complain about it, but having your period is a gift :)

Cheers
Liz N

Christopher Warden said...

Cassandra,

Great post -- thanks for the information from a woman's perspective. I work with a young woman who's battled anorexia for years, who's failed to truly "hear" me (and other experts) when I/we have given her similar commentary. Know that this post is being forwarded to her with hope that the message will start to sink in. . .

Thanks for your work.

Christopher Warden, CSCS
www.christopherwarden.typepad.com

Anonymous said...

Im 15 and I have all of these problems. And I think I lost my period.