How to Beat Stress-Related Weight Gain

Life is full of things that cause us stress; the way in which we manage the stress in our lives dictates how healthy we are in both body and mind. Doing all we can to avoid stress in our lives is something that we all aim to do. However, this is far easier said than

Excess stress causes a wide range of alarming health issues, some of the most common are headaches, muscle tension, digestive issues, depression, and according to new research, it may also cause major problems for the metabolism.

Because stress is directly connected to weight gain, it should come as no surprise that it does serious damage to the metabolism. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol is known to increase the appetite in a large way, as well as upping cravings for junk food. So, you can thank cortisol for the acquiring of more fat and the burning of far fewer calories.

It’s not always possible to fix every single direct cause of stress in our lives. In fact, many of us deal with stress as part of our professions, so eliminating it is next to impossible. However, it is possible to make small changes to offset the effect that stress has on the body. These helpful daily tweaks help you beat stress-induced weight gain in a stress filled routine we call life.

Choose your fats wisely

A simple and easy tip is to incorporate more good fats into your diet if your stress is causing your body to burn less fat. Fat is important for satiety and it’s one of the body’s key building blocks in terms of health. It’s wise to choose only one high-fat item for each meal so that the body can better process it and help you to burn fat efficiently.

Adjust your proportions

In fear of burning too few calories due to your stress? Then aim to cut calories without having to eat less food. Do this by switching in a portion of dense grains with your meals. Low calorie, fiber and green veggies are the best way to go to ensure a quick calorie savings that doesn’t require sacrificing volume.

Take a post-meal walk

Walking off that meal can really do wonders for burning calories. Just a 15 minute stroll, according to a study from George Washington University helps to normalize blood sugar levels for up to three hours after eating. Getting the blood flowing throughout the body can shift your metabolism and ramp up calorie burn.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.



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