New research has shown that having a good cry could not only relieve stress, but could also help with your weight loss efforts too.
According to a study at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical centre, it was shown that crying can help remove potentially harmful toxins and stress-induced hormones from your body, much like the other exocrine processes like sweating and urination.
Lead researcher Dr. William H. Frey had this to say:
“Crying is an exocrine process, that is, a process in which a substance comes out of the body. Other exocrine processes, like exhaling, urinating, defecating and sweating, release toxic substances from the body. There’s every reason to think crying does the same, releasing chemicals that the body produces in response to stress.”
This research also found that it is not possible to cheat when it comes to crying, for example you cannot experience the same effect when cutting an onion.
The reason for this is that emotionally induced tears have a higher protein content than tears produced in response to eye irritation, such as that experienced by the cutting of the onion.
The research also found that the best time to cry was between 7 and 10 pm.
How can crying aid weight loss?
When you are suffering from stress your body will produce excess levels of the hormone cortisol, which can have a negative effect on your weight.
It has been shown that cortisol can cause you to:
- Crave sugary and fatty foods (junk food)
- Gain belly fat
Obviously, anything that you can do to relieve these stress levels will certainly go some way to helping your weight loss efforts.
As this study has shown, a good cry could help relieve stress, which will therefore reduce the amount of cortisol your body produces.
Of course this is just one aspect you need to look at. For a successful weight loss journey there will be other aspects of your life you will need to look at. For example, both your diet and exercise regime.