If you are looking to lose a few lbs you will no doubt be looking to make changes to your lifestyle choices.
One aspect you may not be giving a second thought too however is your stress levels and the fact that it is linked to weight gain.
How can stress cause weight gain?
Firstly if you suffer from stress you will be at a higher risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain.
The reason for the weight gain is that stress causes excess levels of cortisone to be produced by your body, leading to a sluggish metabolism.
Stress can also have an impact on your mood and motivation so you will be less likely to stick to a diet.
Lets look at how we can reduce stress and therefore see better weight loss results:
#1 – Eat a fat burning, stress reducing diet
We all know how your diet can affect your weight loss efforts, yet it can also affect your stress levels too.
A diet full of vitamin B6 and B12 for example can help to boost your metabolism and your ability to deal with stress.
Antioxidants that are found in Acai Berry and Green Tea can also help to lower stress levels.
#2 – Use exercise to reduce stress
Exercise can help to release feel good hormones in to your body so a little run or an hour in the gym after work can go a long way to relieving stress, plus you will also be burning calories.
It is important that you don’t skip the gym to go home for a beer or a glass of wine as this is actually one of the worst methods you can use to relieve stress.
#3 – Don’t let stress ruin your hard work
If you are unable to prevent stress you must make sure you don’t let it ruin the hard work you have already done.
It is easy to reach for the chocolate or to skip the gym when you feel stressed out, but this will not be good for your waistline.
Instead try to carry a healthy snack with you at all times, perhaps some nuts for example. A workout friend will also help to keep you motivated to stick to your regular gym routine.
Try not to let stress ruin any chance you have got of losing weight, implement these tips and reduce your stress levels.
What do you do to reduce your stress levels?