Can stress make you fat? Here’s what you can do to fix it.
When we are stressed, we tend to make poor nutritional choices that can actually increase our stress levels and cause other problems. Levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during tension-filled times. Known as the “stress hormone,” it starts signalling the body to replenish your food supply. Chronic stress can turn overeating into a habit.
Unfortunately, excess cortisol also slows down your metabolism, leading to weight gain.
Here are some steps to correcting this imbalance with Nutrition alone!!
Skipping breakfast makes it harder to maintain stable blood sugar levels and effective functioning during your busy morning. Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. (You can easily grab a hard-boiled egg on your way out the door, right?)
Drink water, or better still, Fat Flush Water!
Loads of cola and fizzy drinks can be dangerous in the long run, as the caffeine in them constricts arteries and veins and boosts heart rates. Within 60 minutes of drinking the soda, the sugar and insulin have passed through the digestive system. This generally leads to a “crash,” or decline in stamina. A more healthful alternative is just pure filtered water, or this Fat Flush Water (recipe here).
Choose Green Tea over coffee.
You may not realise the effects caffeine has on your system. If you wean yourself off of large amounts of caffeine, you can reduce your stress levels and improve your mental performance A relatively easy and healthy way to do that is to replace coffee with green tea, which has a soothing taste and the added benefit of loads of antioxidants.
Having some protein-rich, healthful snacks in your car, office, or purse can help you avoid blood sugar level dips and accompanying mood swings and fatigue. Veggie sticks with hummus, Rajgira Crackers, Home Made Granola bars are all good choices.
Carry your Lunch.
You can save money and usually eat much healthier if you take a few extra minutes to pack and bring a lunch from home. Even if you do this only a few days a week, it would be an improvement over eating every lunch out.
Prepare for healthier eating.
Even more important than getting the bad stuff out of your house, is getting healthy food in!
The best way is to plan a menu of healthy meals and snacks at the beginning of each week, list the ingredients you’ll need, and shop for everything once a week. That way you know you’ll have what you want when you need it, and you won’t have to stress over what to eat each night; you’ll already have thought of it! (This makes eating at home much easier, too!)
Just a few of these tips can lower stress levels to a huge extent, and might be the one thing needed to push past your fitness plateau and achieve your health goals!