Less Mess, Less Stress, a Smaller-Sized Dress?

Clean Out the Closet

It makes perfect sense that clearing clutter from your home can help lower your stress levels. But according to author Peter Walsh, it also may help you lose weight. In his new book, Lose the Clutter - Lose Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down, Walsh points to a definitive link between mess, stress and weight gain.

"If you live in a cluttered environment, the research shows that your stress levels start to increase," he said in in a recent episode of Good Morning America."As the stress level increases, the hormone level increases, the result of that is you start to overeat."

In the segment, he helped one reader get started by cleaning out her refrigerator and pantry, getting rid of all the leftovers and less-than-healthy choices. The two then headed to her closet, where they tossed every piece of clothing that didn't immediately make her feel great when she looked at it.

Meanwhile, another interviewee credits the principals in Walsh's book with helping her achieve an impressive 50-pound weight loss. The idea is that less mess in the kitchen makes way for fresher, healthier foods. Having only the clothes that make you feel great will help push you to make changes that will make you look great. And a clean house gives you more time to focus on self-improvement factors like exercising.

"It's not magic. It's not voodoo," Walsh says. "It's about simple life changes and homechanges that will help you live a healthier life."

Check out the GMA video segment. If it piques your interest, pick up a copy of Walsh's book. Then, pick up the phone and contact the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you by calling 800-501-8090. A dedicated weight loss specialist will help you further develop the kind of lifestyle, nutrition and exercise choices that will boost your weight loss success. 



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