long term stress and weight gain: how to overcome?

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If an exam is coming up, or if we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, isn’t it a little disturbing? This is what we call stress in the mind. the short term stress is useful to us. But long term stress is harmful in most situations. One of the bad outcomes of long term stress is weight gain.

How stress causes weight gain?

In short term stress, the adrenaline hormone releases into our bloodstream. This hormone can reduce our appetite. But long term stress releases the cortisol hormone which increases our appetite. When we are in stressful situations for a long time the cortisol hormone will be at high levels always. This means that we will tend to eat food most of the time.

From stress to comfort foods…

Most of the time when stress occurs, our mind goes to sugary or fatty foods. This food is called comfort food. These foods are called comfort foods because the stress in our minds will go away as we eat these foods. So it is not surprising that a person with chronic stress will gain weight if they regularly consume these sugary and oily foods. At the same time, many people with stress are less likely to engage in strenuous physical activity and do not get proper sleep. In some cases, you may be addicted to alcohol. So when all these factors are added together, your body weight will increase without you even realizing it.

How can we reduce stress to stop gaining weight?

Reducing or eliminating stress is something we have to do on our own, but we can get help from anyone we like. Most of the time, the stress that comes to us is stressful, and if we can think at those times that this is something that everyone gets at some point in life, and that anxiety is not always something that exists, we can avoid being unnecessarily disturbed.

One way to get rid of stress is to let go of your worries by telling them to someone you are close to. Being away from people and situations that makes you uncomfortable can also improve your mood. As an example, if you feel stressed when you go on a high traffic road use a less traffic road although it is a bit far away. Meditation can also relieve stress. 

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Gimhani Gamlath

Gimhani Gamlath

BSc. (sp.) in Food Science and Nutrition -A passionate author at Beacon Nutrition
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