Stress is a normal part of life, but when it becomes chronic and uncontrolled, it can take a toll on our bodies and contribute to weight gain. When we're stressed, our bodies produce the hormone cortisol, which can increase appetite and lead to overeating.
Stress can also cause us to turn to comfort foods, which are often high in calories and unhealthy fats. And when we're stressed, we may be less likely to exercise or make healthy food choices. We often don't do any good "recharging" but sit around and watch YouTube, or play video games to "relax". Studies show that this is not a good way to recharge your batteries. It is much better to exercise, go do something social/call a friend, or do a hobby than to passively take in social media.
You can't control everything in your life, but if you can take control over the things you can do something about, that actually can be very helpful. For example, you might not be able to change your work hours, but you can control what time you get up in the morning, and what you do with your free time.
To reduce stress and promote weight loss, try incorporating relaxation techniques into your routine, such as deep breathing, yoga, walking, meditating, and any exercise. See what changes you could make in your life to make it less stressful.
A Direct Primary Care doctor can help you with your weight loss goals much easier than having to pay a copay with every visit. We provide the care you need at one affordable monthly rate. More information in the next post!