Manage and Reduce Stress for Weight Loss

In our daily lives, we have numerous causes of stress. Our jobs, our bosses, our kids, our friends, our loved ones, traffic, etc. are just a few of the sources of our stress. With so many sources of stress that we have to deal with day in and day out, reducing stress is something of great importance to our overall health and well-being.

Does Stress Cause Weight Gain?

Our bodies have a built in system that is intended to give us "fight or flight" energy when we are in danger. When our body is under stress, this system kicks in and releases hormones that cause fast energy production, and then increase our appetite in order to replace the fuel that was burned in the process. In this system, cortisol is the recovery hormone that increases appetite. Stress causes elevated levels of cortisol in the body, which can cause us to eat even when we really do not need to. Cortisol also promotes the storage of fat in the abdominal area. This in addition to the fact that stress itself increases emotional eating and often causes us to make poor food choices can lead to weight gain. Because of this, when we are trying to lose weight, reducing stress is a good thing to work on.

When you compound the problem with the fact that our busy lives often leave little time for relaxation, it can be difficult to reduce stress and keep our stress levels in check. When we are trying to diet and lose some extra weight, being stressed out can also sabotage our weight loss goals.

Manage Stress the Easy Way

Exercise is one of the best ways of reducing stress. Unfortunately most people do not get enough of it. Sometimes taking time away from the daily grind to read a book, enjoy a good movie or engage in a favorite hobby can take our minds off of everything else and lower our stress level. Other times this alone is not enough. We have helped many of our dieters to manage their stress and the affects it can have on their weight loss goals. Our stress reducing products can help to relieve stress and curb emotional eating urges when that little bit of extra help is needed.