Bloating is something that affects most people at some point. It can occur for a variety of reasons. While bloated, it can be easy to avoid stepping on the scale. However, people such as Amber Petty have been realizing that avoiding the scale is a bad idea, even when bloated.

Feeling Bloated During Your Period?

Amber Petty is a writer at Greatist. While feeling bloated, gross, and unattractive, she wrote a letter accusing her body of being dumb for unnecessary bloating.

Amber Petty experiences a common occurrence shared by many women, which is bloating around the time of her menstrual period. This happens because of the change in hormones in the body. Progesterone decreases to induce the shedding of the uterine lining, but this hormonal change also causes the body to hold on to extra salt and water, inducing bloating. But why do women experience bloating even when they’re is not on their period?

The Causes and Consequences of Non-menstrual Bloating

In addition to bloating around the time of her menstrual period, Amber Petty realized she also experienced bloating whenever she missed a day of adequate vegetable intake. For her, bloating induces discomfort, pain, feelings of weakness, and feelings of being unattractive.

Most prominently, bloating induces an extreme fear of stepping on the scale. This is a fear that has been shared by many people. But what happened when she actually did step on the scale?

Stepping on the Scale

As she described in her article at Greatist, all that bloating made Amber Petty feel like “an elephant that just ate a hippo.” Surely such an intense feeling would reflect itself on the scale?

It actually did not. When she stepped on the scale, she realized that she had actually lost a pound. In addition, she realized that she had lost over 4 pounds in the past month. Her experience taught her (and could teach us) that weight loss has its ups and downs, and it is important to be patient.