Are you the first one to dive into a pint of ice-cream after a bad breakup? Do you find that you tend to snack mindlessly when you’re stressed out at work? You’re not alone. In today’s busy life, most of us barely have enough time to think, let alone focus on how stress affects what we put in our mouths. Unfortunately, running on auto-pilot in a chronic state of stress can have a big impact on your health and wellness, especially with weight loss. Here’s why what’s bothering you could be causing weight gain.
Levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during tension-filled times (think impending work deadlines, divorces, financial troubles, family arguments, etc.) Most of us become overeaters when we’re feeling a lot of pressure. Because increased levels of the stress hormone causes higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods. Before you know it, overeating becomes a habit and reaching for fatty comfort foods becomes an automatic response to stress. Suddenly you’re tipping the scales and feeling out of control without knowing why.
If your weight has increased due to stress, now is the perfect time to adopt some good habits that can help you reach a healthier state of body and mind. Staying mindful and tracking what types of situations cause you to reach for cookies instead of an apple is an essential step in making healthier choices. You might begin to notice a pattern in food choices you make during times that are stressful, lonely, or when you are bored.
If you are struggling with managing your stress, your weight or would just like to learn how to make healthier nutritional choices for your wellness, please contact Right Nutrition Works today to schedule a complimentary 30- minute “Assess for Your Health Success” consultation. We will discuss your health goals, uncover the challenges you’re facing, and help you create a healthier life. I also invite you to visit rightnutritionworks.com to download a FREE copy of my new eBook, The 6 Keys to Overcoming Nutrition Roadblocks for a Happier Healthier You.
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
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