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Stress and Weight Gain

When our bodies are under chronic stress—such as with work, house projects, deadlines and other personal issues—we tend to eat more. This is because high levels of stress trigger your body to release the hormone cortisol, which causes our senses to be heightened and our heart to pump blood and large amounts of energy to our muscles. If our muscles use all of this energy, we need to continue supplying our body with more so we can perform at this level. Thus, the snacking begins!

In order to decrease your stress levels and slow weight gain, it is important to do things that allow you to feel pleasure. Choose exercises that you enjoy and will help decrease stress, including yoga, Pilates and meditation. Focus on how much you eat and how much sleep you get, as stress directly causes issues for both of these daily tasks.

Remember, long-term stress can lead to weight gain. Take control and try to minimize your stress levels to be a happier, healthier you!

For more information about ways to stay healthy, schedule a session with our Registered Dietitian, Michelle Young, by calling (847) 535-7140 or contacting us.

Source: Psychology Today

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