Stress Weight Gain… it’s been one Hell of a day.
You barely got the kids to school, you got a workload a mile high, you have to get kid #1 to a recital practice by 7pm, swing by and pick up some groceries, take the dog for a walk, get supper ready, do the laundry, help both kids with their homework, and TRY to catch the season finale of NCIS – what a day! It’s no wonder why you are stressed!
Stress Weight Gain: What Stress Can Do
Stress can do some crappy things to us. Ever wonder why you are always craving fatty, salty foods when you are stressed?
These comfort foods soothe our tension by causing the brain to release stimulating hormones to make us feel slightly better – so this can become a habit and a constant go-to when we are stressed!
Likewise, your adrenal glands are releasing cortisol. This stress-hormone is released to help you get through these times of stress – thanks evolution – and can actually help pack on the pounds. In layman’s terms, when you are constantly under stress, cortisol is released to help your body make it through this stressful time.
The crappy part is that it can actually cause an uptake of fat around your mid-section – aka it can pack on pounds to your belly!
You may be eating and exercising correctly but if you are constantly stressed, this physiological reaction can negate your effort!
6 Ways to Stop Stress Weight Gain
1. Think about what you eat and why
Right before you cram that doughnut down think about exactly what you are eating, why you are eating it, and the goals you are trying to reach. Take 10 seconds to think it through and you will be more likely to pass it up!
2. Drop the strict diets
These types of diets put our body under a constant stress because it isn’t getting the proper nutrition it needs. This causes cortisol to be released and induce fat uptake. So the whole time you are severely limiting your calories to lose weight you are actually stressing your body out so much that it won’t occur.
3. Take 5
When everything seems to be piling on you, simply step out of the office and take 5 minutes for some peace and quiet. This might help you shed some of the stress and calm down. Meditation is also a very effective tool to relieve stress! Hummmmmm – Hummmmmm – Hummmmmm
You can’t be 100 places at a time – although you try. It’s time to delegate.
You have people in your life that will gladly help you when your plate is full. Ask for this help and it can take some of the weight off your shoulders. Remember: you don’t always have to say yes to every single request!
5. Don’t Forget Sleep
When our lives get hectic we commonly forget to get quality sleep. Sleep is great because it helps us recharge and sort of gives us a break. Don’t overlook sleep when your life gets stressful!
6. Blow Off Some Steam
You’re pissed because nothing went right today – just mad at everything. One great option is to exercise! I know you may not have the most free time but simply doing a high-intensity strength training session for 15-20 minutes can be a great way to relieve stress and burn off some anger!
Life can be stressful but in order to be truly healthy you2h need to start ridding some of it from your life.
Start removing the stress and the cortisol to help you break through your weight loss barriers and avoid stress weight gain!
Bonus tip: Have some fun during your day! As hard as it may sound, smile and be more optimistic – it’s healthy for your heart!