The Impact of Stress on Weight Gain
Weight watchers better keep a close watch on their stress levels. Stress actually does seriously impact a person's weight. In today's dynamic world, where everything seems to change, from moment to moment, where CONSCIOUS evolution seems to be an ongoing process. This process itself could be a reason for stress.
It is an uphill task for most of us to stay healthy, when we are facing stressors, but that is the real challenge. Stress surrounds us constantly, yet we need to realize and understand, how we can keep ourselves physically and emotionally healthy, despite all the challenges, that the world is throwing towards us. REASONS FOR WEIGHT CHANGE
Weight can either be lost or gained with stress. Eating habits are directly responsive to stress levels. Some people, loose their appetite, some people gain it, weight like a yo yo keeps balancing itself accordingly. CHANGE YOUR HABITS
This could be one way of dealing with stress. You can change your situation by changing your habits. CHANGE YOUR RESPONSE
This is also a good way. You could even change the way you respond to a situation. Here again, the CONSCIOUS understanding of stress is imperative. Then accordingly one can choose ones ways of solving the stress issue.
On a broader scale, we can say that a major culprit in stressful situations is, the fight or flight response. This releases hormones like Cortisol and Adrenaline
Adrenaline is responsible for preparing the body for action. It also minimizes our desire to eat. Once the effect of adrenaline has worn off, Cortisol also known as the stress hormone, hangs around.
This temporarily suppresses non essential functions, such as digestive, immune, reproductive, etc. With more cortisol, we crave less healthy food options, such as high sugar, and more fatty foods.
Stress leads To a lower metabolic rate. Research in a University in the US shows. That women with extra stressors burn fewer calories as their metabolism slows down.
BREAK THE CYCLE
Since stress is a cycle, a continuing process ongoing in a circular fashion, we need to make an effort to step away from it. We need to try to incorporate joyful activities in our lives.
We need to create a physical and emotional balance for ourselves. We could start with exercise, keep emotions in stability by journaling, use a few known stress relieving strategies, and help create a healthy relationship with ourselves.
Once the balance is achieved, we are on the road to ideal weight.
So stay focused and be happy.