Stress Less | Back to Basics
High-stress levels are not only harmful to your health, they’re harmful to your waistline as well!
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We’re constantly told to reduce stress in our lives, but this isn’t always an easy thing to do.
Most of us are juggling way too much and going through the day at warp speed, trying to get more and more accomplished. High-stress levels are not only harmful to your health, they’re harmful to your waistline as well.
When you are constantly under stress, hormone levels, like cortisol and insulin are elevated. The elevation of these two hormones can sabotage your weight loss efforts and actually cause weight gain.
‘Feeling stressed can create a wide variety of physiological changes, such as impairing digestion, excretion of valuable nutrients, decreasing beneficial gut flora populations, decreasing your metabolism, and raising triglycerides, cholesterol, insulin, and cortisol levels.’ – Mercola.com
So, while you may think you can “handle it” as far as your stress level goes, we aren’t meant to be under constant stress and it takes a toll. If you are doing everything right as far as diet and exercise but you’re under stress every day, you’re not going to see or feel the results you want.
Here are some simple ways to reduce stress.
Try these healthy and practical ways to deal with stress:
• Deep breathing
• Making a date with a friend
• Having a massage
• Going for a walk