Stress and Weight Loss

The stress you feel about food and losing weight can be the very thing that keeps you from losing weight. The stress and the myriad of feelings of being overwhelmed can be what is causing you to gain weight or at least, not be able to lose it. If you stop stressing about food and what to eat or what not to eat, you will begin to lose weight.

Following is what the Response To Stress can cause in your body:

  1. Less oxygen to your intestinal tract
  2. Increased excretion of vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals)
  3. Increased cholesterol production
  4. Lower absorption of nutrients
  5. As much as 20,000 times less enzyme production in the intestinal tract
  6. An average of four times less blood flow to the digestive system
  7. Decrease in intestinal flora population
  8. Increase in cortisol levels
  9. Increase in insulin levels When your cortisol levels are consistently elevated (due to stress), it is difficult to lose weight or build muscle. You are more likely to gain weight, especially around the midsection.

Weight Management Tips:

  1. When eating, relax and enjoy your food (protein, carbohydrates, fats, etc.)
  2. Keep your body hydrated throughout the day—drink water
  3. Exercise because you want to look and feel better about yourself
  4. Clear your brain, and get a good night’s sleep
  5. Reduce your stress…take a deep breath & just let it go
  6. Supplement daily with real food grade products (especially B complex vitamins)
  7. Eliminate all the chatter in your head about why you “can’t….” ….Just choose to lose