10 Top Tips for Managing Stress

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Everyone knows that fatty foods and sedentary lifestyles can lead to weight gain. But did you know that stress also is a factor in your expanding waistline? When you're under stress, your body jump starts production of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. This can cause your body to deposit fat in the abdomen, creating the dangerous belly fat that's associated with multiple health conditions, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.

To help better manage your stress, Metabolic Research Center offers these 10 tips.

  1. Let go of what you can't control and focus on the things you can.
  2. Do the work you love and delegate the rest.
  3. Learn to manage your time well - including saying no to commitments you're just not excited about keeping.
  4. Set and keep boundaries for yourself and those around you.
  5. Get plenty of sleep - at least seven to nine hours a night.
  6. Get plenty of exercise, including cardio and weight training. Studies show regular exercise can help reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration and boos your body's production of feel-good cerebral chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
  7. Cut yourself a break. We tend to be our own worst critics, a move that's needlessly self-defeating.
  8. Celebrate victories - even the little ones.
  9. Laugh more. Not only does it lift your mood, but it also can strengthen your immune system, boost your body's production of HDL cholesterol (the good type), reduce blood sugar, relieve pain, relax muscles, brighten skin tone and burn calories.
  10. Get outside. A recent study showed that Scottish residents who live in areas with lots of greenspace have lower levels of cortisol than do residents in urban areas.

For more guidance in developing a healthy, active lifestyle call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss specialist.



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