It's a fact! During PMS, the 2 weeks prior to the menstral cycle, women's basal metabolic rate (BMR) increases during sleep, causing an increase in appetite. On average, 300 calories more a day are eaten. Because of the increase in the BMR, the additional calories do not cause any weight gain.
Tips to help with PMS Symptoms:
* Increase calcium intake to 1,000 mg a day
Sources: 1 cup skim milk - 223 mg; 1/2 cup black eyed peas - 105 mg; 1 whole wheat waffle - 196 mg; 1 1/2 cups broccoli - 93 mg; 1/2 cup tofu - 275 mg
* Take 100 mg supplement of Vitamin B6 per day, but only during PMS, otherwise it would become toxic
* Eliminate or reduce caffeine consumption
PMS is defined as the 2 weeks prior to your menstral cycle!