Stress Making You Fat. Stress is unpleasant enough as it is, yet there’s another side effect that some consider being even worse…
Studies have shown that our bodies and minds are very much affected by stress, which pack on the pounds in various ways. Whether you’re worrying over work, fretting about family, or are simply stressed out that you’re stressed out, being mindful of your habits is key to keeping the weight off.
Stress Making You Fat
Stress Making you Fat.Overindulging in comfort food is only one element of stress-eating. We also tend to make poor food choices when we’re rushed and harried. After all, who wants to fuss over meal prep when there are errands to run and deadlines to meet? Picking up takeout or downing a pint of ice cream may ease some of your woes, but is it worth the extra weight? In addition, a University of Florida study on body fat suggests that if you’re already overweight, the “extra fat can impair the body’s ability to send a signal to the brain to shut off the stress response.” So, it truly is a vicious cycle…
On the other end of the spectrum, those of us who forget to eat when stressed also face the threat of weight gain, as this bad habit can halt metabolism, lower blood sugar, and make us more likely to indulge in our favorite comfort foods at the end of a long day.
Have you ever felt a flood of terror course through your system? When we’re stressed, our bodies release certain chemicals, such as adrenaline, that prepare the body for a potential attack. While this is all well and good, the downside is the long-term effects of persistent fight-or-flight mode. Once the chemicals go back down to normal levels, our hunger returns with a vengeance. Cortisol, another hormone released during stressful events, increases hunger, as well.Stress Making You Fat
Constant stress wears down our adrenal glands, which can lead to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. Once we cross over into this territory, it can be very challenging to keep our hormones balanced.
Lack of Sleep When stress keeps us up at night, it not only affects the metabolism, it increases our cravings for unhealthy foods. It’s like a domino effect – a poor night’s sleep means increased fatigue, and fatigue leads to poor meal choices and planning. In addition, if you’re dragging your hump throughout the day, it’s highly likely that you won’t have the energy to exercise.
Unfortunately, caffeine is not the answer to this conundrum. While most of us reach for coffee to kickstart our mornings, or energy drinks to get us through that afternoon slump, caffeine can actually do more harm than good. Caffeinated beverages are often high in calories and sugars which, of course, can lead to weight gain.
We all know that healthy eating and better sleep are no-brainers. However, realizing that these key practices can help curb weight gain is the icing on the cake (pun definitely intended). It’s all about balance, mindful habits and, most importantly, a positive outlook.
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