Truth: When You are Stressed You Gain Weight

It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on your metabolism. When your body is under stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, which causes an increase in appetite and cravings for “comfort foods”. In addition, it makes it much easier to accumulate belly fat. To make matters worse, excess belly fat releases chemicals triggering inflammation, which increases the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes, as well as other disease states.

Here are 4 Strategies to Minimize Weight Gain When Stressed

Exercise – Aerobic exercise decreases cortisol and increases chemicals that relieve pain and improve mood. Exercise also helps to speed up your metabolism.

Mindful Eating – When you slow down and tune into your sensory experience of eating food, you’re able to tune into subjective feelings of hunger or fullness. This can help to avoid overeating and lead to fewer binges, as well as reducing depression.

Substitute Rewarding Activities Instead of Eating Food – Activities like reading a book, taking a hike, attending a yoga class, getting a massage – can all help to relieve stress without weight gain.

Write a Journal – Writing down how you feel can occupy your mind, may give you insight into reasons you’re feeling so stressed, and draw focus on expectations of yourself that may be increasing any pressure you’re feeling. Writing about life goals can improve both mood and health.

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Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201308/why-we-gain-weight-when-we-re-stressed-and-how-not

 

 

 

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