When thinking about weight loss, the majority of people immediately think about how to change their diet or exercise routines. However, this approach to losing weight is severely limited. Why? Because it fails to consider the impact of multiple additional factors in our lives and health alike.
One such factor is stress. From changing our appetite to disrupting our bodies and habits, stress can interfere with weight loss and healthy living in a number of ways.
Note that stress by itself is not a bad thing. Historically, in ancient humans, it was a natural, necessary “flight or fight” response to perceived threats. The problem is that our bodies now react to the stress of the 21st century the same way they would have responded to, say, dangerous wildlife.
This means that when our bodies react to modern-day stressors, stress-related hormones - such as adrenaline and cortisol - are released on a chronic basis (compared to the limited batches that our bodies were designed to handle). The results and symptoms ultimately vary from person to person. However, a number of these various symptoms can contribute to the risk of weight gain. For example:
Clearly, stress can create a number of problematic symptoms that may affect our weight and health overall. Because of this, experts agree that stress management is a critical part of healthy living and weight-loss regimens. That means:
Are you unsure about how to put this information into action? Do you have questions about what stress management should look like in your life? Consider making an appointment to meet with our team.
Right Weight Center is a physician-directed medical weight loss program that offers affordable help. With our board-certified staff, custom plans and FDA approved tools, our team can help you stay focused and achieve your weight loss goals. And we would be happy to discuss stress management, and/or recommendations for additional stress-related care.
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