Over the past decades many people have alleged that stress and obesity are linked and now scientific research is bringing forth evidence supporting this connection. Explicit biochemical reactions appear to help explain this link and, the medical professionals understand these reasons better and are in a position to address the prevalence of obesity epidemic facing U.S and the globe in general.
The most disturbing aspect of the link between stress and obesity is that it tends to be self-reinforcing. Very often, when people are stressed they may eat improperly and that may cause them to gain weight which can even cause more stress and therefore ending up causing exactly what you’re trying to fight off.
If you have been keen you must have realized that each time you’re stressed it is always a common practice that you will tend to crave comfort foods which are high in fat or sugar and researchers have established that specific hormones may play a role in this process.
Serotonin – reaching for fattening comfort foods during stressful times may be an attempt to offer self-medication. Consuming carbohydrates raises the body’s serotonin level and serotonin is the body’s feel-good chemical. It makes you feel better. Under normal circumstances people under stress don’t make smart or healthy food choices. Very often their choices of carbohydrates are rich in fat, like muffins, pastries, doughnuts, and cookies which are not necessarily health foods.
Cortisol – researchers have also discovered that chronic stress can cause the body to release excess cortisol, a hormone critical in managing fat storage and energy use in the human body. Cortisol is known to increase appetite and may encourage cravings for sugary or fatty foods.
Neuropeptide Y. – recent studies also have established that the human body processes food differently when under stress. One study established that lab mice fed a diet high in fat and sugar added significant amounts of body fat when placed under stressful conditions while those mice fed a normal diet didn’t add as much weight despite stress. This finding has been linked the phenomenon to a molecule called neuropeptide Y which is released from nerve cells during stress and encourages fat accumulation. A diet high in fat and sugar appears to further promote the release of neuropeptide Y.
So if we’re wired to seek out unhealthy foods when we are under stress, how do we avoid gaining weight when times get tough?
Don’t allow yourself to become too hungry – When you get irritated on an empty stomach you get a drop in your blood sugar. It’s very hard to think rationally when your blood sugar levels are that low you’ll be motivated to eat anything and to avoid this scenario, be sure you’re not skipping meals.
Keep portion size in mind – when people are stressed out they are likely to careless about what they are feeding on and to what quantity. It is important to note that smaller portions can help keep your total calorie intake under control.
Eat healthy snacks – it is advisable to take those snacks combine with protein and carbohydrates because the body digests them more slowly allowing you to feel for longer duration for example you may want to feed on almond butter and whole-grain crackers, or cheese and a piece of whole-grain bread but by all means void snacks high in fat and sugar.
Think about what you’re eating – often when people are really stressed, they tend to think that paying attention to their diet will cause more stress. Actually it’s just the opposite. Don’t forget that food is fuel for your body and your brain and when you eat properly well you’re just fueling your body to fight stress.”
Deal with your stress – this may not be easy as it may look but all the same you must find better ways of manage your stress because this is very essential to your overall health you may choose trying yoga, tai chi, or meditation and in all these ensure regular exercise and avoid isolation desire spending time with friends, seek counseling and reduce the number of stressors in your life.
If you find yourself reaching for high-fat, sugary snacks when you’re feeling stressed, know that you’re not alone. Fortunately though, you can break this cycle. Find ways to minimize stress in your life and focus on making better food choices. Stress may be a part of life, but it doesn’t have to lead to weight gain.
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