Manage Your Stress to Lose Weight Faster


Woman with Post-its Representing Her Stress

Your kids are sick for the second time in two months. In addition to caring for ill children, your boss has just moved up the deadline for a major project at work. Feeling overwhelmed with stress, you do what you always do, reach for your favorite flavor of ice cream. If you can relate to this common scenario, you might reason that you’ll never lose those extra pounds you’re carrying around. Thankfully, armed with the right stress management tools, you may be able to lose weight faster than you ever thought possible. 

If you’ve been battling intense stress lately, your body is likely producing an elevated amount of the hormone cortisol. This hormone, released by your adrenal glands, increases your appetite. To make matters worse, stressed people tend to crave foods that are laden with sugar, fat, or a high concentration of both.

Whenever you’re stressed, you’re probably motivated to consume the very foods that will expand your waistline such as cookies, potato chips, chocolate candy, sodas, and hamburgers. To combat this troubling situation, you might want to ramp up your fitness routine. Working out releases endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that heighten feelings of happiness. So, whenever you’ve endured a horrific day at the office, lace up your sneakers and head to the gym.

Besides exercising, surrounding yourself with a strong, support group is crucial during times of extreme stress. Whenever you’re faced with a seemingly insurmountable issue, merely talking about it with a friend or family member can make the problem seem smaller. Friends and family members can also hold you accountable for eating healthy and exercising during stressful times. Seeking support from a reputable weight loss facility such as the Metabolic Research Center might also be beneficial. At the Metabolic Research Center, a helpful consultant can aid you in designing a stress busting and waistline trimming menu plan.

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