Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Is Stress Causing Your Weight Problem?
Your body is designed to be in a relaxed, healing state most of the time. These days, however, most people spend the better part of their day in a stress state called the fight-or-flight response.
This physical effect is nature's way of keeping us safe, and is normally triggered when we encounter danger. But in today's fast-paced world, fight-or-flight is usually set off by worry, anxiety and overload. It starts with a rapid release of stress hormones for instant energy-so you can fight or flee-but then later leaves you feeling hungry and weary.
Persistent stress will halt fat burning and can alter your blood sugar, causing mood swings, fatigue and conditions like hypoglycemia. People under stress tend to crave fatty, salty and sugary foods. Once this stress/weight cycle is in place, breaking free can seem impossible. Most people try to shed pounds by dieting, not realizing that of life's top 10 stressors, dieting ranks 7th!