Stress and weight loss

Managing Stress

The Fight or Flight response has been around for millions of years, but it could also make you fat. When faced with stress, our bodies releases too much cortisol and insulin.

High cortisol and insulin levels have been associated with:

  • Increased appetite
  • Fat storage (especially in the belly area)
  • Difficulty to achieve weight loss

More than ever, americans are reporting that they are feeling overstressed at work. This can usually be attributed to too much pressure.Your cortisol levels will spike, and you’ll be more likely to eat junk foods. Consider thinking about prioritizing some projects. Remember, your health and belly fat are at stake.

Chronic stress and cortisol can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:

 Metabolism : Did you know that you may gain weight when you’re stressed, even if you’re eating the same amount of food. Too much cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. This also makes weightloss more difficult.

Cravings : When you’re stressed, do you reach for a nice salad or confort food? People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty, salty and sugary foods. This includes all sort of processed food and other things that aren’t as good for your health. These foods also lead to increased weight gain.

Blood Sugar : Chronic stress can increase your blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, hyperglycemia and weight gain. 

Fat Storage : Chronic stress  tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of belly fat. Unfortunately, visceral fat is not only ugly, it’s linked with greater risks of illness than fat stored in other areas of the body..

Hire the right lifestyle personal trainer/nutrition consultant and follow my 8 principles for healthy aging.

 

 

 

 

Carefully watch your intake of caffeine and sugar

They may give you a temporary boost but actually alter mood, anxiety levels and blood pressure. Try replacing that second cup of coffee with an herbal tea or caffeine-free diet soda.

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