Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Start your search today for super-fun activities to do this weekend. High estrogen and testosterone have you craving excitement, parties and doing anything that’s new all the way through the end of Week 2.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may get frustrated with someone who hasn’t gotten back to you yet. You can’t help being a tad impatient. High estrogen and testosterone are making you want a response instantly.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: If you’re a fan of this column, then you probably already know that today’s combination of estrogen and progesterone helps you burn up to 30% more fat during exercise than last week, and that this fat-burning effect lasts throughout Week 3 and most of Week 4. What you may not have known is that a recent study reveals another super-easy way to bump up your body’s fat-burning machine: take a break during exercise. Researchers found that volunteers who exercised for 30 minutes, took a 20-minute time-out, then resumed exercising for another 20 minutes burned more fat than those who powered through an hour-long workout without stopping.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Having a grumpy “PMS moment”? Maybe not! It could also be hunger. That’s because today’s progesterone is making your blood sugar crash more quickly than during the first half of your cycle—and this can make you irritable, foggy and blue. Nibble some nuts or crackers and cheese, and if the grumpies don’t go away in a few minutes, then you can put the rightful blame squarely on PMS.