We’re all familiar with it, whether it’s work, finances, family or something else, stress is an everyday factor in most Australians lives. According to the Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2013, Australian’s are getting more stressed every year! And what’s worse is that if what causes you stress is a long term problem, it could definitely be affecting your weight!
How do stress and weight relate?
Experiencing stress on any scale triggers a response you would know as ‘the fight or flight response’. What you might not know about this is that the fight or flight response releases a hormone called Cortisol, which is mostly responsible for any weight gain or a halt in weight loss that you may experience during times of high stress. Cortisol acts on your fat deposits, and stores them around your abdomen; it also gives you a higher preference for addictive behaviours, or returning to those high fat comfort foods. Unfortunately, and unlike our ancestors, most of the time our stress isn’t relevant to a ‘fight or flight’ situation, in fact it’s quite common that the things causing us stress are ongoing, and therefore the effects of stress are longer lasting. This is when stress starts to affect your weight, and can be quite damaging to your health!
So what can we do?
Obviously stress can be difficult to manage, but here are a few steps that can put you on the right path to reducing and eliminating stress from your life, and therefore reducing its affect on your weight!
- Most importantly, you need to define exactly what aspect of your life is causing you stress, and plan for that situation – if it’s work start planning one week ahead, if it’s finances then look up budgets on Google or speak to a financial adviser etc.
- Exercising regularly has been proved to assist in stress management and reduction. A Harvard study shows that Aerobic exercise reduces levels of stress hormones in your body, while releasing mood elevating hormones, like endorphins.
- Sleeping regularly will help, and so will devoting time to relaxation – these two can go hand in hand if you put aside an hour or so for relaxation before you go to sleep!
- Avoiding caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol will also help, which also goes with maintaining a balanced diet!
Maintaining a balanced diet and successfully losing weight not only requires a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning about how Eurodiet can help you lose that excess weight, please reply ‘YES’ to this email, or alternatively you can call us on 1300 387 634.