Is your weight gain a result of all the STRESS you’ve been taking? Find out

Stress and anxiety can affect your body in ways that you cannot think and weight gain is one of them. Find out more
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Are you having stress at work or at home? Well, chances are that it has started to show in your eating habits or the way you look. While the most common thing during stress is insomnia which leads to a dull, droopy face, it can most definitely affect people’s eating habits as well. 

 

If someone is stressed you are most likely to reach out for a bag of chips or a tub of ice-cream Literally, there is no in between. While breakups or work stress can be tackled easily, longer periods of anxiety related to it can lead to ‘chronic stress’. This in turn boots your hunger and over-eating become an issue.

 

Why is that, you may ask?

 

Some people do tend to gain weight when under stress, but the cause of this weight gain is likely a mix of hormonal and psychological factors. So when you are stressed, the body has a hormonal check that can result in weight gain.

 

Now, to put it in simpler words, when a person is stressed they go in ‘fight-or-flight mode’. The response is triggered by the release of hormones that prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or to run away to safety. This results in over-eating. Why? Because your body thinks you’ve used calories to deal with your stress, even though you haven’t. 

 

This results in the release of a ‘stress hormone’ called cortisol.  This can turn your overeating into a habit. The increase in the hormone results in higher insulin level that makes you crave sugary and fatty foods resulting in weight gain. So instead of your regular lunch salad, you crave for cookies and pizza to curb the cravings. This is why they are called ‘comfort foods’. Isn’t everything coming back to you now?

Fatty and sugary foods are usually big culprits because lots of us have such a strong love for them. This makes us trapped in the vicious cycle of overeating and hormonal imbalances. More stress - more cortisol - higher appetite for junk food - more belly fat - more stress. 

 

While overeating and stress can lead to weight gain, it can also result in serious problems like blood pressure and diabetes. So if you think that your weight has gone up, it is probably because of the stress you’ve been taking lately.

Always remember that mental peace is important than all worldly pleasures. Now, this is something no doctor will tell you but,  if you have a healthy mental state of mind, you will automatically fight a lot of problems related to your health.

 

So whenever you feel like you might be trapped in a stressful situation you can try to meditate or take a brisk walk. We all struggle with stress once in a while. It’s up to you to take charge of your tension as best you can. Resisting the urge to overeat can be a great start!

 

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