How Does Stress Affect Your Weight? Pt. 219/11/2019
BellaBeat – The Must-Have Holistic Wellness Tracker20/11/2019
Mindset & Stress Management
It all STARTS here. I’ve done extensive research and tested and trialled, how our mind can propel us higher, push us harder and turn our goals into a reality we believe is possible … OR we sink dreams without us even realizing it.
A 2015 study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University found that stress was linked to a slower metabolism in women. They found that on average, women who reported one or more stressor during the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories than the non-stressed women.
You can eat right, exercise, drink quality H2O and take your health supporting supplements, but if you don’t deal with the chaos, stress and emotions in your heart and in your head – you are still going to be unhealthy.
Therefore approach weightloss holistically, because by addressing stress and changing the way you behave towards food and dieting, you can have some pretty powerful results. It’s absolutely imperative, you monitor your daily thoughts and beliefs to avoid or redirect self-limiting thoughts and create daily stress management habits that cooperate and support your goals, keeping you healthy and sexy for life.
Other Ways to Break the Cycle of Stress and Weight Gain
Go For a Brisk Walk
Exercise and walking in general can be meditative and stress-reducing. Take your walk a step further by fully taking in the smells, sights, sounds, and sensations of your walking experience. Ideally, you’re doing this in nature, but you can get the same benefit from walking on a treadmill at the gym. You actually turn your brain ON when you brisk walk and the oxytocin release elevates your mood.
Meditation & Yoga
Whether you enjoy yoga or you find solace in meditating managing daily stress is imperative to managing weight and reducing cortisol.Studies have found that meditation, yoga and breathing balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing ‘a neutral emotional state,’ the gold standard of health and wellness. Further more a report in the open-access journal PLOS ONE found that periods of meditation appeared to significantly improve disease-related symptoms, anxiety and gut microbiome.
4-7-8 Breathing Technique
This specific breathing technique helps when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or have trouble sleeping. It causes an automatic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (flight or fight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response activating your natural healing mechanism. The 4-7-8 Breath (by Dr Andrew Weil) is the perfect, portable stress antidote, as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately. As Dr. Weil demonstrates, It takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.
When you’re getting your grub on, take the time to chew each bite fully, 25–50 chews per bite. Yep, your read that right – up to 50 chews. Five. Zero. The objective is to liquefy your food. Focus on the taste and texture and how they might change and sweeten the longer you chew. Go slowly and really savor the experience. The added benefit of this meditation is improved digestion.
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Play With a Pet
There’s a reason therapy dogs are so effective – spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. Dogs literally give you “feel-good vibes” almost instantly.Furthermore, dogswork like a probiotic, helping you to develop healthy bacteria colonies that in turn boost your immune system, improve your heart and are linked to lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.
Choose Foods Thoughtfully
Some foods can increase your stress level while others can help reduce it. Generally, fatty, sugary, and/or processed foods seem to increase stress in most people while lean meat, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables seem to decrease stress. Choose foods wisely and in addition to reducing stress, your body will love you for it!
The 5 Minute Journal (part of my ‘Miracle Morning’ ritual), is my secret weapon to focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention. And one of the simplest ways that I have found to consistently ensure I am improving my wellbeing and happiness – in terms of achievement and actual measurable results.It’s the simplest thing you can do to start your day happy and best chance to end it a success.
Pretty soon you’ll be reaping these rewards:
- Become the master of your metabolism and never again succumb to the old wives’ tale that “weight gain is inevitable as we age”.
- Reduce stress and keep at bay crippling chronic dis-ease and even death.
- Look younger!
- Melt belly fat for good
- Increased immunity (no more colds!)
- High energy without copious amounts of coffee
- Create your personal blueprint for living and looking your best
- Never. Diet. Again.
It’s time to de-stress!