Stress hindering weight loss...
Saturday, February 09, 2013
So in a previous blog, I said I was going to research a few questions I had regarding stress and weight loss... here are the ones I wanted to focus on:
Can stress directly affect our weight loss?
The answer to this one is pretty easy-- yes it can. I knew this without doing any research. But I still went ahead and researched...
How specifically does it affect weight loss?
This also didn't take long to find answers. It can affect a person negatively in numerous ways. I DID know about the excess cortisol release making it more difficult to lose weight... I did NOT realize that stress can slow down metabolism though. That sucks especially if I already have a slower metabolism. So I'm thinking I need to work exceptionally hard to find ways to release my stress instead of holding/bottling it in for so long.
What are some ways that would help decrease stress?
One way that has decreased my stress has been seeing the counselor. I also find playing a game of soccer really takes me away from reality. I also like to say that escaping into my photography also helps. O and playing farmville 2 and Cafe World, although that doesn't help burn any calories haha.
What parts of the body does stress affect?
That's pretty simple I think... it can affect EVERY part of my body. From headaches to no patience to physical/emotional strain to insomnia. Stress can be one of my worst enemies... so I am going to work hard to keep it under control.
How do you control your stress?