Stress Affects Weight Gain!

An unhealthy lifestyle not only comes from the food you eat and the lack of exercise – it’ll also comes from your general outlook and feeling towards life. If you have a positive attitude, you feel better, more willing to exercise, your body’s chemicals are balanced, etc.

If, however, you’re plagued by stress, it can contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle, specifically weight gain. Stress can come from work, school, or anything that demands a particular action or decision out of you. In response to this need, our bodies have a burst of energy, in addition shifts of blood flow and metabolism. This type of stress is normal. It’s when you’re constantly in this state that it becomes a serious problem to your health.

Prolonged stress, also known as chronic stress, usually is caused by the same few things, regardless of who is being diagnosed. Money problems, relationship problems, or constant confrontations at work or school are the main sources of chronic stress. If you are experiencing one of these problems, here’s how it’s contributing to your weight gain:

Slowing of metabolism. The slower your metabolism, the more you gain weight.

Craving (comfort) food. If you’re hungry, do you want to stick to your salad with carrots and low-fat ranch salad dressing? Or do you want that cheeseburger and milkshake? People under chronic stress tend to crave fattier, saltier, less healthy food.

Increase of blood sugar levels. This opens the door to a plethora of health concerns, including mood swings, fatigure, hyperglycemia, etc.

Lack of desire to exercise. Face facts – if your mind is always wondering all the time and stressed out about your next day at work, the last thing you’re going to want to do is exercise. All you’re going to want to do after you leave work is go relax – and recharge for the next day.

So, how to rid of stress? Simple – get rid of the problem. No expert advice or recommendations can help you overcome stress; it’s up to you to get rid of the problem. If you have a problem at work, try to remedy it or find another job. If your spouse isn’t making you happy, tell them your problem or find a new one. Don’t let stress ruin your life, and your healthy well-being.

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