For effective and sustainable weight loss, you need to stay zen and motivated. Here’s why and how to combat the double whammy of stress, which leads to excess weight!
Sadness, anxiety, anger and other emotions usually trigger impulsive urges to compensate with fatty and sweet foods or alcohol (and coffee!).
But these so-called “comfort foods” only lead to feelings of guilt. Stress causes an eating disorder that is not without consequences for the body. Stress is therefore a factor in weight gain that must be managed to avoid the yo-yo effect.
In times of stress, the adrenal glands produce a glucocorticoid: cortisol, which is only beneficial to the body in very low doses. Otherwise, it affects weight gain in several ways, especially in cases of chronic or prolonged stress:
Conclusion: we ingest and store more calories under the effect of stress. This often manifests itself in weight gain in the abdominal area, increasing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Add to this the other consequences of stress such as insomnia, fatigue and irritability that promote a sedentary lifestyle. We then progressively lose the motivation to exercise. Especially since the fear of getting fat is also a source of stress! A vicious circle that must be stopped.
As stress acts on fat storage and appetite, better management of it is therefore necessary for effective weight loss. There are many ways to fight it:
It kills two birds with one stone, because, in addition to fighting stress through the production of dopamine and endorphin, sport helps to tone the body and burn fat. It also motivates you to eat a more balanced diet to replenish your energy, especially when you know how much physical effort it takes to eat a piece of cake to eliminate the equivalent calories!
You don’t have to engage in intense sports to slim down your figure. The most important thing is to get moving and to enjoy it. This can be cycling, water aerobics, swimming, jogging, walking or simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The goal is to avoid getting stuck in a sedentary lifestyle, which is also a factor in weight gain and depression.
Eliminate excess weight by adopting a more zen philosophy of life. Mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, yoga and other spiritual wellness practices help control stress and therefore weight: you gain more self-control over both your emotions and impulsive eating.
The wellness industry offers a host of rituals that promote relaxation while taking care of your body. For example, the sauna and thermal cures have been used since ancient times to relieve stress. This is also the case for holistic massages that combine body care and mind calming (lomi-lomi, Thai, Tibetan bowl, Egyptian, etc.). Some of these methods also promote weight loss.
Many active ingredients found in food help control stress, including green tea, calming herbal teas (linden, California poppy, lemon balm, passionflower, hawthorn, etc.), garlic, fish and even dark chocolate. Choose foods rich in magnesium, iron and vitamin C to fight fatigue, as well as those rich in omega-3 and B vitamins for their effects on the body.
Be more optimistic, learn to calm your emotions and stop feeling guilty at the slightest weight gain. On the contrary, use it as a motivation to spend even more time and above all, don’t lose sight of your goal!
You have tried almost everything to lose weight, but without lasting success? Now you know that stress is probably a factor. So try to live away from stress to lose weight better!
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