Have you ever wondered, “Is my stress the reason I can’t lose weight?”  Stress, especially high levels of stress, can have a detrimental impact on your weight loss.  Understanding how stress affects your body can aid you in achieving your weight loss goals.

Ny-nutritionistFirst, high levels of stress can cause hormonal changes in the body.  These changes include releasing both adrenaline and cortisol.  Cortisol is known to increase your appetite and cause cravings for both fatty and sugary foods.  It should also be noted that high cortisol levels can cause increased blood glucose and high blood pressure.  It can also trigger high levels of fatigue.  In addition, high levels of cortisol in the body attack muscle mass which slows your metabolism.  Metabolism is the process that converts food into energy.  A slower metabolism can mean a reduction in your energy level.

Additionally, because of high levels of stress you are less likely to get adequate amounts of sleep.  While feeling tired it is easier for the mind to believe, “I can’t lose weight.” You are also more likely to make poor food choices and to limit or skip your exercise program.  Each of these are vital to your weight loss goals.  As each area is affected it compounds the way the other areas are affected.  Therefore, creating a domino affect. As this occurs your mind begins to build barriers to your goals and it becomes more difficult to stick with your weight loss plan.

It is important to address your stress as soon as possible.  Studies show that an increase in stress level is linked to an increase in fat storage in the body and consequently an increase in weight gain.  Therefore, the sooner you can reduce your stress levels the better success you will have with your weight loss program.  You should identify your stress triggers by finding the root of your tension.  Work on stress management, getting adequate sleep, healthy eating choices, and getting plenty of exercise.  After all, these are the keys to achieving your weight loss goals.

If high levels of stress are common for you consider consulting with your doctor and be sure to notify your weight loss plan provider.

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