Ten stress relief tips to help you lose weight
If you have a job like mine, you probably feel the effects of stress daily. Trying to find balance on long work days is near to impossible, but it can make a huge difference in your life and your waistline. Today, we, as a society, are more stressed than any prior generation. We simply cannot get away from work and stress. We carry our computers with us where we go, and many of us use them 24 hour a day and seven days a week. We are always on the go from wake to rest, and this does not contribute to a stress-controlled life.
Our stressful lifestyle may even be slowing down your metabolisms and making us fat. How, you might ask? Stress raises your cortisol levels which can pack on the weight around your waist. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes have been directly tied to increased insulin resistance. Insulin resistance worsens with elevated cortisol, and cortisol increases with stress. This mechanism explains why subjects who are exposed to elevated stress for long periods are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese than those that have less stress in their lives.
How can you help lower your stress and risk of obesity? Below is a list of ten way to reduce your risk of obesity and stress: