Why Stress Makes You Fat and What You Can Do About It

If you are alive, you are probably experiencing chronic stress. When I first moved to New York city and took an internship with a corporate law firm, it wasn’t uncommon to work until 1 or 2 am and then do it all over again the next day FOR 5 DAYS IN A ROW!

The stress of working those crazy hours with little sleep under tight deadlines eventually led not just to weight gain but some serious health problems.

Eventually, I wised up and found ways to reduce stress and yes, quit my job. But for those of you who don’t have the luxury of quitting just yet or actually like what you do but just want to find more balance, let me explain what stress does to your body and why you need to use these techniques to reduce it if you want to lose weight naturally and fast.

Our bodies’ main stress hormone is cortisol and when we are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, aren’t getting enough sleep or are starving ourselves through fad dieting, our cortisol levels go up. And when cortisol levels go up, here’s what typically happens:

1. Your Metabolism Slows Down- Your metabolism is the process that describes how we convert food into energy.  During times of stress, cortisol slows this process down to conserve energy. Slower metabolism = weight gain.

2. Food Cravings and Bad Habits - Another problem with increased cortisol levels, is you tend to develop food cravings. When you are stressed you tend to eat junk food, drink too much caffeine or alcohol, not exercise and lose sleep, which only serves to keep the stress cycle going.

But here’s what you can do to break the cycle and reduce stress so you can lose weight naturally and fast:

1. Hang out with positive people and good friends. Connecting with others, especially those who have a positive, optimistic outlook on life, will do wonders for to reduce stress levels.

2. Exercise. Just 30 minutes three times a week will help reduce cortisol levels. An added bonus: exercise releases endorphins and dopamine, two neurotransmitters in your brain that make you feel good.

4. Meditate. Learn how to breathe from your diaphragm and engage in a meditative practice of deep breathing for at least 2-5 minutes a day. Another cortisol reducing method that works wonders.

5. Get some sleep. Getting enough sleep is the key ingredient to feeling better and losing weight. During sleep, your whole body is able to renew and repair itself. You also release human growth hormone that sets off a cascade of good feelings and weight loss. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night and watch the weight drop.

6. Balance your hormones with food. Another effective way to lose weight naturally and fast is to reduce levels of cortisol through food.  Try adding leafy greens which contain a natural chemical called phosphatidylserine that buffers the overproduction of cortisol, and foods containing B vitamins and vitamin C which supports your adrenal glands (the glands that secrete cortisol) and control a rise in cortisol levels.

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