Stress and weight gain often happen because you've experienced a trigger to cause emotional eating or you are just eating out of nervous tension. Any type of stress can cause weight gain. Now scientists know that not only is there a link between stress and weight gain but they know that it happens even when you have NOT increased your caloric intake.
You don't even have to eat more - you just need to be stressed!
That's because stress triggers the body's conversion of food energy into glucose; in other words it raises your blood sugar. A biochemical process then activates fat cells and fat storage. The human body is actually hard wired to gain belly fat under stress.
When your blood sugar is elevated you crave sweets so stress related eating leads to eating more of the wrong foods. So it becomes a double whammy. Stress causes weight gain AND eating more of the high glycemic foods.
Are you feeling too much stress and getting a fat belly? Too much stress over time will result in the extra tire around your middle and even obesity. It weakens the immune system which can then lead to more disease.
You CAN change your thinking and change your life!
Cortisol and stress are related. Cortisol is a hormone created by the adrenal glands and has the following functions in the body: glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, immune function and the inflammatory response. As you know, if you have high blood sugar you are releasing sugar quickly into the blood which causes fat storage.
When you are stressed, hormones, especially cortisol do not function properly which adds to the stress and weight gain problem. Chronic stress can lead to a weakening of the entire immune system which of course reduces the body's ability to fight disease. In fact, stress can stop the functioning of your immune system completely.
Stress and weight gain do NOT have to be a part of your experience. When it's chronic it's so important to find the right support to figure out where your anxiety is coming from so you can release those unhappy memories. You may need extra help to stop emotional or stress eating. Normal stress we cannot eliminate entirely from our lives but we can work on how we respond to it.
Some stress is good...it keeps us awake and on our toes. When
it becomes intense it's time to get up and move into action. And if it's unusually intense and lasts over a long period of time it can be extremely debilitating. Chronic stress is a medically recognized factor for disease.
You can release moderate stress when you become aware of it by taking action. Check every thought that comes into your head. Is it constructive, positive, optimistic and kind?
Remember to BREATHE, nice and slow, focus on the good, be grateful.
*If you feel overwhelmed by the stress in your life be sure to see a doctor for a complete check up and a referral to a mental health professional.
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