Can stress be preventing you from losing weight?

Stress has a much bigger effect on your weight and health than you realize. All forms of stress put your nervous system into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This mode is designed to protect you during a crisis. Think of how often you are exposed to stress, any kind of stress; poor diet, lack of exercise, environmental toxins, busy days at the office, a fight with your significant other, or financial concerns.

When you are stressed and in ‘fight or flight‘ mode, your body senses crisis, and in a crisis you don’t know when you will get your next meal. In crisis, you conserve and store excess energy for that battle. You don’t burn fat, and in fact, you create more. When you are stressed, your body cannot release fat.

To reduce your stress, try activities like yoga, meditation, reading a book for enjoyment, and walks in nature, to allow yourself to enter the opposite phase of ‘fight or flight’ – which is the ‘rest, digest, rebuild, and regenerate’ mode. This is when the stress response is off and your body can use fat stores as fuel. It is also important to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Reduce your stress and reduce your fat.

 

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