Monday, 4 September 2017

How does stress affect weight?

When your body is under a lot of stress, you experience the emotions typically associated with stress: anger, fear, anxiety, worry, frustration, hostility, etc. Each of these emotions produces chemical reactions in your body that usually have adverse effects on your weight.

Here is how stress affect weight?

• Stress is considered as physical threat to the body and it reacts to it by flight or fight response by sending blood to the limbs and limiting it to the visceral organs. Thus life sustaining activities like  digestion, strengthening of immune system and other growth processes take aback seat. Continued stress make the body store energy in fat cells to prepare itself for emergency tasks.
• Anger, fear, and anxiety typically cause a complete shut-down of your digestive system. That means weight gain happens as the elimination of toxins STOPS!
• Worry, hostility, and anger cause your stomach to excrete extra acids. The end results in more toxins and half-digested foods to deal with. Definitely not good! The more toxins you create and/or keep in your system, the more your body will try to park them in fat cells, leach minerals from your organs, etc., etc. So, what’s the remedy?

To get you started, here are a few quick tips to deal with stress. I use these every single day, and trust me, they work… even if they sound too simplistic (that’s the point… they are easy to do):

• Ask yourself “what difference will this make in 10 years?” If the answer is “not much”, then take it easy… and deal with the problem with a cool head.
• Ask yourself “how can I use this?” I know the first answer you give is “What the heck are you talking about? There is no way to use this situation to my advantage?” But keep asking this question, and your brain will come up with an answer. Trust me, this one will shock you!
• Ask yourself “what do I want out of this situation/event/issue?” Again, you’ll come up with a completely negative answer at first, but keep asking the question until you get a positive answer. This will change your focus from what you don’t want to what you do want… and that will help you handle the stress much better.

I promise you, with a little practice, these three questions by themselves will help you keep a cool head, and manage stress better than you ever thought you could. You probably will have even better results than you thought possible in those situations! ;)

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