Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re feeling more confident about your appearance this week thanks to estrogen and testosterone. Not only do they reduce the puffiness and bloating you experienced during the second half of your cycle as they rise, they also help you see your attributes more clearly.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel the urge to get ahead today as ambition-pumping testosterone peaks. This may mean you get a second wind while ticking items off your to-do list, you volunteer for a project that will benefit your career or school, you decide to run for some kind of elected office or you ramp up your momementum by teaming up with like-minded folks who are also motivated to succeed.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Like I learned (again) this weekend, rising progesterone is a cruel mistress. On one hand, this hormone helps you burn up to 30% more fat when you’re active during Week 3 and most of Week 4. Unfortunately, this hormone is also luring you all sorts of tempting fatty treats and upping your hunger, making it way easy to overindulge and cancel out all those helpful fat-busting effects.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: It’s easier to notice details you may have missed on higher-estrogen days, for instance, that the nutrition label on a certain brand of soup shows that it’s overloaded in sodium, the waitress at the local coffee shop has a birthmark in the shape of Florida or that the hours on a parking meter you use every day has changed. The reason for your new attention to detail? Plunging estrogen. Research shows that as this hormone descends during your premenstrual phase, you’re more apt to focus on tiny facts rather than the whole picture.