Stress could be one of the culprits. It plays a role in weight gain.
Levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during tension-filled times. This can turn your overeating into a habit. Because increased levels of the hormone also help cause higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods. Hence, Stressful circumstances spark cravings for carbohydrate-rich snack foods, which in turn calm stress hormones.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress, a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical problems including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and trouble sleeping, etc.
Tips to Fight Stress:
- Practice yoga
- Exercise daily.
- Eat Healthy for example; whole grains, fruits, fish, nuts and vegetables and avoid processed and junk food.
- Sleep well.
- Go for a walk.
- Express your feelings instead of bottling them up.
- Avoid people who stress you out.
- Spent time with family and friends.
- Reduce caffeine and sugar.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes.
- Listen to music.
- Think positive.
To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life!