I’m 39 years old and I’ve been eating keto for 7 months. I’m now at 20% body fat and my ideal body weight. I lift weights and do cardio 7 days a week. For the past 6 months I haven’t had a period at all! (No, I’m not pregnant). Before keto I had a regular period every month. I’m done having kids, so I’m not worried about it, just wondered if there are others out there who stopped getting their period also. Also, just wondering if there’s any reason it might be a problem? It’s actually been quite an awesome perk! 🙂
You work out seven days a week? I think that may be the answer right there. Even God needs a day off now and then. Overtraining is seen by the body as stress. Mark Sisson calls it “Chronic Cardio” and he ought to know being a former ultra marathoner.
Also, how are you measuring your body fat percentage? You may be lower than you think. A very low body fat will signal to your hormones that the tribe must be undergoing a prolonged period of famine so now would not be a good time to add a baby to the group.
You are also 39 which is well within the bell curve for starting menopause. My sister-in-law had hers all done and dusted by 35. There is a simple blood test that a doc can do to see if this is what is going on.
I agree with AlohaBird; you might want to give yourself a day of rest. Too much of a ‘good thing’ can turn bad. I used to be addicted to working out – it can become a problem and/or create problems(believe it or not).
Also, getting your hormone levels checked is something all women in their 30’s should do. Getting yourself a baseline reading will help you as you approach the menopausal years. Things can start getting a little crazy in your 40’s but if you have an understanding of where your hormones are (or if they are even balanced) you will know if and when they are ‘off’. Learning how to listen to your body is pretty awesome. When you ‘feel’ something isn’t right – get things checked out. It’s usually your body trying to tell you something.
Low progesterone is usually the cause of abnormal, irregular or missing periods. It is a simple test that your doctor can run for you, just ask.
My sister in law is a personal trainer and has a very low body fat % she also works out like a maniac and doesn’t get her period. Doctor said she needs to calm down. We are women and periods are a sign of health so I agree that you should rest more or do weight training less cardio.
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