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Stress and Weight Loss
Our bodies are genetically trained to hold onto weight when under stress. In order to lose weight, you also have to remove that stress, so your body releases the fat.
The main culprit is a substance known as cortisol. When you are feeling stressed, your body releases this into your system to give you a boost of energy to deal with that stress. However, since our bodies were developed to think stress = running top speed from an attacking wolf, the cortisol also boosts your hunger levels, assuming that you'll need to replenish your energy stores before the next attack.
Of course, in modern times, most of our stress comes when we are sitting at our desk. So we get the stress induced hormones, but then also the stress induced hunger cravings. So we eat - and get heavy.
Note that lack of sleep also causes an increase in levels of cortisol - so if you skimp on sleep, you make this problem worse.
So if you are looking to change your weight situation, a key ingredient could be to lower your stress levels. You can't control the outside world, but you can control your reactions to it.
Here are just a few ideas on how to minimize the amount of stress in your life.
* Set aside time for ample sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, read our free ebook on Secrets of Falling Asleep
* Set aside time for relaxation, whether it's 15 minute meditations before breakfast or 1/2 hour fun TV shows in the evening. Make this a critical part of every day. You and your health are worth it.
* If you encounter high stress situations in your world, download a free copy of Reduce Stress Instantly and carry it with you on your smart phone or other device. Learn to use the techniques to hold off a stressful incident.
* Find a healthy activity you enjoy. Whether it's walking, dancing, kayaking, or playing with the kids, the activity will help to ease those stress hormones out of your system.
Every day is a new opportunity to make your world a little bit better!
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