18 April 19
Don’t Stress About Losing Weight: It Will Sabotage Your Results.
Taking a hot bath and lighting a few candles might be the best weight-loss “secret” you’ve never tried.
If you want to burn belly fat, you probably already have a pretty good idea of what to do:
- Eat less food.
- Exercise more.
- Drink plenty of water.
That’s easy, right?
Of course, a DNA-personalized plan can really speed up your results (33% faster), but the general idea isn’t complicated.
So why do so many people struggle?
The answer might be: stress.
This article reveals the top 3 reasons why stress makes it more difficult to lose weight.
But first, let’s just clear up what “stress” really means.
Defining Stress: It’s Not Just that Flustered Feeling You Get at Work.
“Stress” generally means something very specific:
A feeling of being overwhelmed or frustrated, typically as a result of mental fatigue or hard work.
But on a physiological level, “stress” is more broad than that.
Any of these activities can cause physical and mental stress:
- Running late for work.
- Falling behind on important tasks.
- Financial struggles.
See the problem?
The basics of trying to lose weight are naturally stressful, and if you go too far or use an ineffective program, you’re only adding to your stress levels.
That’s why a DNA-personalized program is so helpful: it makes your life easier, reduces your stress levels, and improves your natural ability to burn fat and improve your overall health.
So now that we’ve defined stress, let’s look at the reasons why stressing out can ruin your weight loss program.
#1: Stress actually makes people eat more sugary snacks.
“Stress eating” is a common problem, and for good reasons.
When your body is under stress, it wants to simplify things. Digesting sugar is a lot easier than digesting a healthy, high-protein meal.
Plus, sugar releases serotonin, which balances out the “negativity” caused by cortisol, your stress hormone.
Your body is essentially a melodramatic machine: it assumes that stress is a sign that your life is in danger.
Sugar helps provide an instant source of energy that can easily be transformed into body fat for long-term survival.
#2: Stress makes it harder to practice self-control.
Going on a diet is, frankly, stressful.
And the double-edged sword here is that stress makes you more likely to lose self-control.
Add in all the stress from work, family, slow computers, bad weather, and the news, and you’re basically a boiling pot of over-indulgence just waiting to spill over.
#3: Cortisol, the stress hormone, directly contributes to body fat.
Stress actually causes your body to create more body fat.
So on top of the fact that stress makes you crave sugar and lose self-control, it will make you gain body fat even if you manage to resist eating sugar.
What a slap in the face!
Here’s the Good News: Lowering Your Stress is Relatively Easy and Highly Effective.
Lowering your stress levels is critical to your happiness, health, and diet program.
Luckily, you can quickly and easily lower your stress and cortisol levels, and most of these strategies are free or very cheap:
- Deep breathing exercises. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds, then exhale for 5 seconds. Wait 5 more seconds before beginning the cycle again. Repeat until you’re feeling calmer.
- Walk outside. Exercise technically creates more cortisol if you push yourself, but a brisk walk outside can help lower stress, especially if the sun is shining.
- Taking a hot bath. A hot bath actually raises your cortisol levels during the bath, but they drop off quickly once you get out, and the relaxation can really help get your mind in the right place.
- Sleep more. Getting plenty of sleep can really help lower your cortisol levels. Give yourself plenty of time to wind-down at the end of the day before getting into bed.
- Be happy. It sounds overly simple, but taking time to be with friends or doing things you love can actually have a measurable impact on your cortisol levels.