Is Your Hunger Driven By Primitive Needs?


Stressed Businessman in Full Attack Mode

Thousands of years ago, stress was often induced as a result of real, physical danger, such as an approaching herd of mammoths or enemy armies. The body's response to stress was to produce adrenaline, signaling those in danger that they needed either to fight or flee. As adrenaline coursed through the body, a person's appetite was suppressed; however, ongoing danger resulted in the release of cortisol, another hormone that actually increases appetite. This was a good thing, as those engaged in ongoing, stressful activity needed the nutrients to either keep running or continue fighting.

Human Body Is Programmed the Same

The human body works the same way it did in times past; however, most causes of stress are not related to intense physical activity. That is just one of the many reasons why people who are tend to be anxious, worried and stressed out are more likely to put on weight than those who maintain a healthy schedule and lifestyle. If you are serious about shedding unwanted pounds, you need to look, at not only your diet, but also your daily schedule to see if stress is causing you to eat more than you should.

Healthy Living Helps to Curb Stress

Thankfully, there are many ways to combat stress. Regular exercise helps the mind to relax. It also enables you to sleep well at night so you don't wake up with the urge to grab a midnight snack. Relaxing music can help set you at ease. There are also many healthy foods and drinks that can help you relax; good options include broccoli with a low-fat dip, nuts, low-fat milk, bananas, green tea, black tea and chicken breast. Healthy living will not only help you get rid of stress and get in shape but also avoid many of the health problems related to ongoing stress and over-consumption of junk food.

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