Stress Can Prevent Weight Loss!

I believe that stress is not only the number killer in the world, but it could hinder your weight loss plan.

Stress is something that impacts everyone’s life. Stress can impact someone’s life through many different events, such as, getting married, an illness, changing jobs, having a flat tire, needing to run errands, and even something as small as losing your keys. When you’re stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released.

Cortisol is called the “stress hormone.” Cortisol influences and regulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress, including, blood sugar levels, metabolism, immune responses, anti-inflammatory actions, etc. This is why when people are stressed, they are more likely to fall ill. If you do not combat the cortisol levels in your body, you will have impaired cognitive performance, slower thyroid function, imbalanced blood sugar, decreased bone density, sleep disruption, decreased muscle mass, elevated blood pressure, slow wound healing, increase abdominal fat. It is essential to your overall health to lower stress levels.

Endorphin’s can be activated through exercise. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. In addition, endorphins release a feeling similar to morphine, which is why many people feel euphoric after exercise. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, ward off anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep.

In addition to exercise, certain food can improve your mood. This includes water, vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, beans, peas, chocolate, and oil-rich fish. In addition, comfort foods can help. However, it will further improve your mood if you, for example, eat an oatmeal raisin cookie instead of a chocolate chip cookie.

Along with exercise and eating food that can improve your mood, there are other tips you can use to prevent stress.

  • You can say no when you’re asked to do something you do not want to do. Only say yes to important matters
  • Share your workload with others
  • Set goals you can reach in a realistic time frame
  • Take charge of your time
    • Make realistic schedules
    • Get organized
  • Use problem solving techniques
    • Describe the problem in detail
    • Think of all your options
    • Pick one option to try
    • Make an action plan
    • Try the plan, see how it goes
  • Plan ahead
    • Think about what kind of situations that are stressful for you
    • Plan how to handle or work around them
  • Keep things in perspective. Remember your purpose
    • Think of all the good things in your life
    • Remember why you joined this program
  • Reach out to people for support

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