The Detrimental Role of Stress on Weight Gain

Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising. One of the most crucial factors with reaching your optimal health goals is learning positive strategies with dealing with stress. We all experience stress on a daily basis, some more than others and some stress is cyclical, so learning how to deal with stress is very important and cannot be overlooked.

Stress can send you into a spiral of unhealthy eating habits, neglecting one’s health in the process of trying to deny or numb the stress. Stress can trigger binge eating and shut down digestion and metabolism leading to weight gain and an imbalance of neurotransmitters causing mood issues. Chronic stress can disrupt almost every system in the body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase risk of stroke, heart attack, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process.

The adrenal system gets overloaded when someone is under a great deal of stress. Like a domino effect, the stress makes the adrenals churn out hormones, like cortisol, raising blood sugar and pressure. The end result is an increase in belly fat and weight gain. Dealing with your stress is important and finding the best stress management strategy will help you lower or deal with stress in a healthy manner.

Here’s some stress reduction strategies:

  • Meditate
  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Keep healthy foods around to grab when experiencing stress cravings
  • Exercise
  • Tai Chi
  • Just Say ‘No’ and set boundaries
  • Journal
  • Find daily quiet time
  • Drink soothing herbal tea
  • Take up a hobby

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