Did You Know, Stress Fattens You Up!

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.
  • Smile.
  • Think positive.

To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life!